Highlights
2016 Opening Address: Kate Tempest 2016 Opening Address: Kate Tempest  * SOLD OUT * Code: 6  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Poetry, Politics & Current Affairs, Fiction

Kate Tempest performs her poems, and talks about how the stories we choose define us.

Tuesday 17 May 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Writers in Danger Writers in Danger  * SOLD OUT * Code: 29  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Fiction, Asia

On the perils of writing in repressive regimes.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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The Danger of Ideas The Danger of Ideas Code: 68  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Philosophy

Has political correctness gone too far, or not far enough?

Thursday 19 May 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Janna Levin: Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space (aka the recent discovery of gravitational waves) Janna Levin: Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space (aka the recent discovery of gravitational waves) Code: 76  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Science & Environment

Cosmologist Janna Levin joins Adam Spencer to share juicy astrophysical details.

Thursday 19 May 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Jeanette Winterson: The Gap of Time Jeanette Winterson: The Gap of Time Code: 77  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Feminism

Fusing lyricism, wisdom and storytelling brilliance Jeanette speaks about her cover version of The Winter’s Tale.

Thursday 19 May 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Night of the Nerds Night of the Nerds Code: 81  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Technology, Comedy

The night of nights for nerds is back, more outrageously educational than ever.

Thursday 19 May 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Let Nature be your Teacher Let Nature be your Teacher Code: 117  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Science & Environment

A wide-ranging discussion on our complex and contradictory relationship with nature.

Friday 20 May 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Vivian Gornick: The Odd Woman and New York City Vivian Gornick: The Odd Woman and New York City  * SOLD OUT * Code: 113  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

A wise, witty and expansive exploration of life, love and literature in New York City.

Friday 20 May 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Inside The New Yorker Inside The New Yorker Code: 128  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Poetry, Publishing Industry, Politics & Current Affairs

Discover the perks and challenges of working for The New Yorker.

Friday 20 May 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Friendship, Hateship, Loveship Friendship, Hateship, Loveship Code: 136  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Explore the terrible and tender power of human relationships.

Friday 20 May 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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William Boyd: The Many Lives of Amory Clay William Boyd: The Many Lives of Amory Clay Code: 147  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction

William Boyd speaks about his work as a whole and recent novel Sweet Caress.

Friday 20 May 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Magda Szubanski and George Megalogenis: Rated PG (Polish and Greek) Magda Szubanski and George Megalogenis: Rated PG (Polish and Greek) Code: 149  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

On how the dorky children of European migrants redefined Australian culture.

Friday 20 May 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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SWF Gala: The Book That Saved Me SWF Gala: The Book That Saved Me Code: 151  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Fiction

Some of the world’s most celebrated writers share the books that saved them.

Friday 20 May 8:15 PM - 9:45 PM
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $45/$30
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The End of Europe? The End of Europe? Code: 152  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, History, Business & Economics

Is Europe buckling under the pressure? A historical and contemporary take on the situation.

Friday 20 May 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Kate Tempest: The Bricks that Built the Houses Kate Tempest: The Bricks that Built the Houses Code: 186  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Poetry

Award-winning poet and performer Kate Tempest on her debut novel.

Saturday 21 May 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings Code: 189  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Hear all about the imaginative feat that is A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Saturday 21 May 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train Code: 194  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Crime

Paula Hawkins talks about writing her worldwide bestseller and the ingredients for a compulsive read.

Saturday 21 May 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Elizabeth Harrower: A Celebration Elizabeth Harrower: A Celebration Code: 197  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

A rare interview with one of Australia’s greatest writers, about her remarkable and recently resurrected novels.

Saturday 21 May 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Gloria Steinem: Life on the Road – Additional Event Gloria Steinem: Life on the Road – Additional Event Code: 281  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Feminism, Biography & Memoir

Due to a sell out first session, this is an additional Gloria Steinem Festival event.

Saturday 21 May 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
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Yanis Varoufakis: And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Yanis Varoufakis: And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Code: 217  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics, Biography & Memoir

Yanis Varoufakis discusses his new book and plans for a new pan-European political movement.

Saturday 21 May 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Ferrante Fever: A Celebration of Elena Ferrante’s Novels Ferrante Fever: A Celebration of Elena Ferrante’s Novels Code: 218  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

A forensic discussion about the lure of these feisty Neapolitan novels.

Saturday 21 May 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Kerry O’Brien: Keating Kerry O’Brien: Keating Code: SR26  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir

Love a good political yarn? Join Kerry O’Brien on Paul Keating.

Saturday 21 May 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Stan Grant: Talking to My Country - Additional Session Stan Grant: Talking to My Country - Additional Session Code: 285  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Indigenous, Biography & Memoir

Due to popular demand, Stan Grant will give an additional talk on race, indigenous heritage and national identity.

Saturday 21 May 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time Code: 221  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Music, Art & Design

A discussion of Julian’s brilliant new novel and collection of art essays.

Saturday 21 May 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Bob Brown: Optimism Bob Brown: Optimism Code: SR27  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs

On Bob Brown’s life and passion for the enviornment.

Saturday 21 May 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Jonathan Franzen: Purity Jonathan Franzen: Purity Code: 224  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

A conversation about Purity as wide-ranging and witty as the novel itself.

Saturday 21 May 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Masterclass with William Boyd: Adapting Novels for the Screen Masterclass with William Boyd: Adapting Novels for the Screen Code: W29  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Film & TV, Fiction

An exclusive masterclass on adapting novels for the screen.

Sunday 22 May 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $60/$55
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Back to the Future: Women Writers Then and Now Back to the Future: Women Writers Then and Now Code: 242  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Feminism

On how writing is shaped by gender, and the state of women’s writing in Australia.

Sunday 22 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 4/5 The Waterfront, End of Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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2016 Closing Address Hanya Yanagihara: The Conversations Between Words 2016 Closing Address Hanya Yanagihara: The Conversations Between Words Code: 276  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction

Hanya Yanagihara closes the 2016 Festival with a fascinating exploration of the reader-writer relationship.

Sunday 22 May 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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