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The Big Reading
Code: 120  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Fiction,
Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Susan Wyndham, Sebastian Barry, Jesmyn Ward, Emily Perkins, Riikka Pulkkinen, Geoff Dyer, Annette Shun Wah (facilitator)
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CHANGE: Finnish writer Riikka Pulkkinen now joins this event.

Due to medical reasons, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya is unable to attend Sydney Writers’ Festival.

A Sydney Writers’ Festival institution. Join international guests Sebastian Barry, Emily Perkins, Riikka Pulkkinen, Geoff Dyer, and Jesmyn Ward reading from their work. Hosted by Annette Shun Wah. Includes the presentation of The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist awards for 2012.

Presented by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sebastian Barry (International)

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. A Long Long Way, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2007. The Secret Scripture won several awards and was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Sebastian lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

Supported by Culture Ireland.

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Jesmyn Ward (International)

Jesmyn Ward grew up in Mississippi and received her MFA from the University of Michigan. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient and a finalist for both the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Most recently she released the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction winner, Salvage the Bones.

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Emily Perkins (International)

Emily Perkins is the author of Not Her Real Name, a collection of short stories, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go, The New Girl and Novel About My Wife, winner of the Believer Award. Her latest novel is The Forrests. Emily lives in New Zealand.

Supported by the New Zealand Book Council.

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Annette Shun Wah (Australian)

Annette Shun Wah is a freelance broadcaster, actor and writer. She has been published in various anthologies including Grandma Magic, edited by Janet Hutchinson, Growing Up Asian in Australia, edited by Alice Pung, Family Journeys, published by the National Archives of Australia and Come Away With Me, edited by Sarah MacDonald. Her book Banquet – Ten Courses to Harmony, co-written with Greg Aitkin, won a Bronze Award at the 1999 World Food Media Awards. Annette is also one of the founders of Bookmark Media, producing web trailers for books and writing. Annette serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Riikka Pulkkinen (International)

Riikka Pulkkinen studied literature and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. Her debut novel, Raja (The Border), sparked international interest when it was published in 2006. Her second novel, True, will mark her English-language debut. Pulkkinen received the Kaarle Prize and the Laila Hirvisaari Prize in 2007.

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Susan Wyndham (Australian)

Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a journalist for 30 years and is author of Life in His Hands, a biography of the neurosurgeon Charlie Teo and his patient Aaron McMillan, a concert pianist.

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Geoff Dyer (International)

Geoff Dyer, described by The Daily Telegraph as “possibly the best living writer in Britain”, is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, a critical study of John Berger and six other non-fiction books including But Beautiful, winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His most recent book is Zona, a study of the Tarkovsky film Stalker. Geoff lives in London.

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