This year marked some exciting changes, new developments and growth
for Australia?s boldest literary event. Not only did we have an exciting
line-up of more than 200 international and local guests to interest,
engage and inspire audiences, but we also had a new venue to
accommodate the growing number of people who come to the festival.
The Festival was delighted to make use of the beautiful,
new (and very large) Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay as a complement to our
much loved Wharf 4/5.
We were proud to feature the premier English dramatist, Alan Bennett, who was interviewed live, via satellite, for the festival?s opening night.
Prestigious author, the 2003 Man Booker prize winner, DBC Pierre, spoke about his book Vernon God Little, the death of satire and the media, and philosopher Alain de Botton talked about Status Anxiety.
Hilary Mantel, British critic and author, joined us, as did Tim Krabbe from the Netherlands, the best-selling author of The Vanishing. Susanna Moore spoke to film director Jane Campion about their collaboration on Moore?s book In the Cut.
Louis de Bernieres spoke about and read from his new release, Birds Without Wings. From Iraq we had a young man with the pseudonym of Salam Pax. He?ll talked about that famous weblog and what?s really going on in his war-torn country now. John W. Dean, former Nixon counsel, presented an insider?s view of US politics and discussed his new book, Worse than Watergate.
We were proud to bring you Harvey Pekar, whose comics were the focus of the cult film American Splendor, Alexei Sayle, author and famous comedian, and the very up-and-coming American short-story writer ZZ Packer. David Sedaris, a columnist for The New Yorker and Esquire and an acclaimed and very funny author, appeared at the Sydney Theatre.