Program by Cost: Free Events
PAGE 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 
Sunday 15 May 2016
Modern Art Projects and Varuna Present: Wantanganura/Skyworld Code: SR34  |  Type: Exhibition   |  Genres: Indigenous, Art & Design

Aboriginal artists explore the unifying theme of Wantanganura/Skyworld in this special event at Varuna.

Sunday 15 May 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba
Free, bookings essential modernartprojects.org
more info

 
Monday 16 May 2016
Beth Yahp: Eat First, Talk Later Code: SR7  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Travel

Eat First, Talk Later is Beth Yahp’s memoir about family, nationhood and food.

Monday 16 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Blacktown City Max Webber Library, Level 1, Library Function Centre, Corner of Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blackto
Free, bookings essential 9839 6677, swf2016.eventbrite.com.au
more info

 
Tuesday 17 May 2016
Craig Munro: Under Cover Code: 5  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Biography & Memoir

Craig Munro on his thirty years of adventure in the publishing industry.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Free, no bookings
more info

 
Wednesday 18 May 2016
Getting Published: Words to the Wise Code: SR22  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Authors and industry professionals demystify the opaque world of book publishing.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, Building EE.G.36, Parramatta Campus, Western Sydney University, Parramatta
Free, no bookings
more info

A Little Life: An Evening with Hanya Yanagihara  * SOLD OUT * Code: SR17  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

An in-depth discussion with Hanya Yanagihara about her award-winning book A Little Life.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre, Building D17, John Hopkins Drive, University of Sy
Free, bookings essential ussc.edu.au
more info

Debra Adelaide: The Women’s Pages Code: SR29  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

The story of Dove, who becomes consumed with writing about a 1960s woman full of secrets and regrets.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Margaret Martin Library, Randwick, Level 1, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Belmore Road, Randwick
Free, bookings essential 9399 8352, randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
more info

Jessica Rowe: Is This My Beautiful Life? Code: SR21  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Film & TV

Join Jessica Rowe as she opens up about the darkest days of her life, and how she learned to ask for help.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre, Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah
Free, bookings essential 9330 9527 kogarahlibrary.eventbrite.com.au
more info

May Bankstown Poetry Slam featuring Yasmine Lewis Code: SR3  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Poetry

A slam with first time poets, seasoned wordsmiths, and everything in between.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown
Free, no bookings
more info

 
Thursday 19 May 2016
Coffee and Papers with the SMH, Aleksandar Hemon and Madeline Gleeson Code: 13  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Start the day with Judith Whelan, SMH journalists and festival guests talking news headlines.

Thursday 19 May 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
Free, no bookings
more info

Historical Obsessions Code: 23  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, Australian History

Award-winning historians reveal how they fell in love with their subjects.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

The Secret Weapons of Investigative Journalists Code: 22  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Publishing Industry

Threats, intimidation and high risk taking are all in a day’s work for a journalist.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Tim Griffiths: Frank Hurley, Shackleton and the End of the Heroic Age Code: CUR14  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: History

On Frank Hurley's part in one of the most dramatic rescues in history.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Wings on the Wharf #WhatLiftsYou Code: 12  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Art & Design

Colour in a gorgeous literary art extravaganza with Kelsey Montague.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Foyer, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

New Australian Voices Code: 25  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Discover three of Australia’s best emerging writers as they read from and discuss their work.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
Free, no bookings
more info

Jean-François Vernay: A French View on Australian Novels Code: CUR26  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction

Can an outsider have a clearer view of Australian literature?

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

The Book Club  * SOLD OUT * Code: 27  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Fiction

A taping of a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of ABC TV’s The Book Club.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
ABC TV Studios, 700 Harris Street, Ultimo
Free, bookings essential. Phone 8333 3644 or email bookclub@abc.net.au to request tickets. Please note that there is a two-ticket-per-person booking limit. 
more info

The Underbelly of Sydney Code: 36  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction, Australian History

True tales of the colourful characters who shaped this city’s sordid past. 

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Chris Bowen: The Money Men Code: 35  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

Former treasurer Chris Bowen provides an insider’s perspective on the 12 most notable Treasurers before him.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Catriona Menzies-Pike: Why I’ve Lost Every Marathon I’ve Ever Run Code: CUR38  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Sport, Health, Biography & Memoir

Was every marathon runner born a keen and gifted athlete?

Thursday 19 May 2016 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Damon Young: The Art of Reading Code: 39  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Philosophy

On the power of reading to transform words into worlds.

Thursday 19 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Free, no bookings
more info

Ye Xin: Educated Youth Code: SR14  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Asia

Join Ye Xin to unravel one of the untold stories of contemporary China.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Chatswood Library on the Concourse, Lower Ground, The Concourse - 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Free, bookings essential 9777 7900, willoughby.nsw.gov.au/library
more info

Philanthropy: The Art of Giving Code: 48  |  Type: Panel

Penelope Seidler AM and Phillip Keir discuss the motivation behind their acts of giving.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings.
more info

NSW Premier’s Awards: Meet the Writers Code: 49  |  Type: Panel

Be the first to hear from winners of the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Anthony Bond: The Awful Truth about Curating Code: CUR40  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Art & Design

Anthony Bond tries to make sense of the stuff out there loosely described as art.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

The Book Club  * SOLD OUT * Code: 51  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Biography & Memoir

Two tapings of special Sydney Writers’ Festival editions of ABC TV’s The Book Club.

Thursday 19 May 2016 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
ABC TV Studios, 700 Harris Street, Ultimo
Free, bookings essential. Phone 8333 3644 or email bookclub@abc.net.au to request tickets. Please note that there is a two-ticket-per-person booking limit. 
more info

Matthew Condon: All Fall Down Code: SR11  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs, Crime

All Fall Down is Matthew Condon’s explosive conclusion to The Three Crooked Kings true-crime trilogy.

Thursday 19 May 2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Campbelltown HJ Daley Central Library, Cnr Hurley and Camden Roads, Campbelltown
Free, bookings essential 4645 4444, campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/library
more info

Michael Sexton SC: On the Edges of History Code: CUR52  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: History, Biography & Memoir

Michael shares his life and the way it has coincided with history.

Thursday 19 May 2016 2:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

India: Writers Talk Politics Code: 60  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, Politics & Current Affairs, Asia

Join a lively discussion on pressing social and political issues facing India today.

Thursday 19 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

New American Poetry Code: 61  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Poetry

Jamila Woods and Nate Marshall share poetry and discuss how they work in their communities.

Thursday 19 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Beth Yahp: On Eating Dim Sum Code: CUR63  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Food, Biography & Memoir

Beth Yahp on the intriguing stories behind yum cha.

Thursday 19 May 2016 3:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Frank Bongiorno: Why We Can’t Get Over the Eighties Code: CUR64  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Music, History, Australian History, Film & TV

How did the decade of big hair and synthesised pop become so hot in Australia? 

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:10 PM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Creating Worlds Code: 73  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

These authors share how they create such vivid imaginary worlds.

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

One Life, Many Worlds Code: 72  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Hear about the personalities, places and turning points that have shaped these writers’ lives.

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
more info

Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers’ Night Code: SR32  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Indigenous, Poetry

The launch of Dreaming Inside IV, a collection of poems by Aboriginal inmates at the Junee Correctional Centre.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wollongong Art Gallery, Corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong
Free, no bookings
more info

How to be a Writer in the 21st Century Code: SR16  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

John Birmingham shares his best writing and hustling secrets.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Woollahra Council
Free, bookings essential 9391 7931, woollahra.nsw.gov.au/events 
more info

Adrian McKinty: Rain Dogs Code: SR1  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Crime

The latest book in Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series is a classic locked-room murder mystery.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ashfield Town Hall, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Free, bookings essential 9716 1810, ashfieldlibrary.eventbrite.com.au
more info

Larissa Behrendt: Finding Eliza Code: SR31  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Indigenous, Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs

Larissa Behrendt’s new book unpacks the age-old racial inequity in colonial storytelling.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wetherill Park Library, Stockland Town Centre, Polding St, Wetherill Park
Free, no bookings
more info

Jane Caro: Plain-Speaking Jane Code: SR18  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Feminism

Plain-Speaking Jane is a witty, unflinching reflection on Jane Caro’s career, family and personal struggles.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George Street, Hornsby
Free, bookings essential 9847 6614, trybooking.com/188485
more info

Words from the West Code: SR23  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Poetry

A night of storytelling, conversation and provocation.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Parramatta Artists Studios, Level Two, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta
Free, bookings not required, light refreshments provided. For inquiries please call 9687 6090, email studios@parracity.nsw.gov.au
more info

In Conversation with Julian Baggini Code: SR51  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Philosophy

Philosopher Julian Baggini examines questions of free will and personal freedoms in today’s world.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Free, bookings essential, sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas 
more info

PAGE 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 

 

Sponsors and Partners Sydney Writers' Festival 2016