This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 94  |  Type: Conversation
Do you love the smell of anagrams in the morning? Professional wordsmith and chronic cruciverbalist David Astle takes you through insider tips that are guaranteed to put you on the path towards linguistic enlightenment. Get your synonyms sorted and your cryptic clues covered in this special Sydney Writers’ Festival session. Patience, positivity and a pocket dictionary recommended.

Friday 20 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance Lounge, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings

David Astle (Australian)

David Astle has written two novels, plus five non-fiction works: Cluetopia, Puzzled, One Down, One Missing, Offbeat Australia and Riddledom. Between books, he drives the world to delight and despair as Friday's crossword setter, DA, appearing in both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Actor Geoffrey Rush, in fact, describes David as 'the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords - a complete mind fuck'. Which is possibly a compliment. David was the former dictionary bloke on SBS's Letters and Numbers, while his feature stories have tackled luck, lying, drowning and fridge magnets, to name a few topics. His short stories have won several awards, including a trip to Beijing via Dublin as part of the James Joyce Suspended Sentence Prize in 2001.



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