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2012 PROGRAM BY TYPE: Conversation
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Monday, May 14 2012
Speculative History and Biography Code: SR3  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Biography & Memoir, History

Martin Thomas, landscape historian and speculative biographer, talks to former attorney-general Bob Debus.

Monday, May 14 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Tabloid: David McKnight on Murdoch  * SOLD OUT * Code: 3  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Historical Fiction, , Biography & Memoir, Publishing Industry, Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

David McKnight discusses his book on Rupert Murdoch’s political power with Jonathan Holmes.

Monday, May 14 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
 
Tuesday, May 15 2012
Building Empathy in an Age of Terrorism and Asylum Seeking Code: SR9  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Feminism, Fiction

Chris McCourt and Ghassan Nakhoul tell us how writers can help to build empathy and understanding.

Tuesday, May 15 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
A Beautiful Brogue Code: SR10  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Irish novelist Sebastian Barry talks about his latest novel On Canaan’s Side.

Tuesday, May 15 2012 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
 
Wednesday, May 16 2012
The Sons of Clovis: David Brooks Code: 7  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Poetry, History, Publishing Industry

David Brooks on the nature of poetry and the infamous Ern Malley Hoax.

Wednesday, May 16 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9036 5253
University of Sydney, Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane (off Science Road), University of Sydney  read more >
Jesmyn Ward Code: SR24  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Jesmyn Ward talks to Stephanie Bishop about writing the breathtaking novel Salvage the Bones.

Wednesday, May 16 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free, bookings essential
University of NSW, Io Myers Studio, High Street, University of New South Wales, Kensington  read more >
 
Thursday, May 17 2012
Wild and Woolley Code: 13  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Publishing Industry

Michael Wilding talks to Craig Munro about the legendary literary publishing house.

Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Carrie Tiffany Code: 14  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

The author of Mateship with Birds talks to Susan Wyndham.

Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Labor’s Love’s Lost Code: 15  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs, , Biography & Memoir, History

Frank Sartor talks to Lachlan Harris about the future of the ALP.

Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Biggest Estate on Earth Code: 17  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fashion, , Indigenous, History, Religion & Spirituality

Bill Gammage tells Lyndall Ryan about the systematic way Aborigines managed the land.

Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The She-Devil in the Mirror Code: 20  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Horacio Castellanos Moya talks to Chris Andrews.

Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
True Code: 248  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Riikka Pulkkinen talks to Jeffrey Eugenides on the publication of her debut in English, True.

Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings.
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio  read more >
The Story of Sydney Code: 24  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, History,

Andrew Tink tells Elizabeth Johnstone about the man whose name we utter almost every day: Sydney.

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
More Than a Music-Loving Elf Code: 25  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Björk lyricist, poet and novelist Sjón talks to Sarah Kanowski about his latest work..

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Am I Black Enough For You? Code: 28  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Indigenous, Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs

Anita Heiss tells Anne Summers about the challenge to her identity.

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain  * SOLD OUT * Code: 29  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment

Barbara Arrowsmith Young tells Anton Enus how she did it.

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Rodney Hall Code: 30  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Romance

Rodney Hall talks to Ashley Hay about his latest work, Silence.

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Salvage the Bones Code: 31  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

2011 National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward talks to Stephen Romei.

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Black Dog Daze Code: 32  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, , Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs

Andrew Robb tells Lisa Pryor about his battle with depression.

Thursday, May 17 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
OMG Code: 37  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Religion & Spirituality, , History

Geoffrey Blainey talks to Michael Costigan about the “many-sided history of Christianity” and its influence.

Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Kitchen Table Climate Change Code: 39  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

A personal take on climate change with wife and husband Anna Rose and Simon Sheikh.

Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Sweet Old World Code: 42  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Deborah Robertson talks to Susan Wyndham.

Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Office Code: 43  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Business & Economics, History

Gideon Haigh tells Caroline Overington the fascinating story about the place we all know and love.

Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Poetry of Gig Ryan and Kate Lilley Code: 44  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Poetry

Gig Ryan and Kate Lilley read from their latest work.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Northern Girls Code: 45  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Sheng Keyi talks to Sarah Kanowski about her novel that opens our eyes and hearts.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Come the Revolution? Code: 46  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, History, Publishing Industry

Alex Mitchell discusses his rollicking autobiography with Richard Ackland.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
MYOB Code: 47  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Historical Fiction, Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

Should politics control the Internet or imitate it? Heather Brooke talks to Waleed Aly about the question of our time.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Comeback Peter Corris Code: 50  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Fiction, Crime, History

Peter Corris tells Mark Dapin about his comeback with two new books.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Interview with the Interrogator Code: 51  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

Former CIA analyst and interrogator Glenn Carle talks to David Leser.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
My Hundred Lovers  * SOLD OUT * Code: 52  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Susan Johnson talks to Helen Greenwood about her latest novel.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Mountain Code: 53  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

On her debut as a novelist, acclaimed author Drusilla Modjeska talks to Gail Jones.

Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Spirit of Progress Code: 55  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Miles Franklin Award-winning writer Steven Carroll talks about his new novel.

Thursday, May 17 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Hisham Matar Code: 57  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Libyan novelist Hisham Matar talks to Suzanne Leal.

Thursday, May 17 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Michael Kirby Code: 60  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs

Michael Kirby talks to Anne Summers about his public and private life.

Thursday, May 17 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Jeffrey Eugenides  * SOLD OUT * Code: 69  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides talks to Caroline Baum.

Thursday, May 17 2012 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Ticketed: $30/$25
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney  read more >
 
Friday, May 18 2012
Spirit House Code: 74  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Mark Dapin talks to Jack Marx about his second novel.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Debt in Venice  * SOLD OUT * Code: 79  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, History

Jane Gleeson-White tells Geoffrey Lehmann about the innovation that facilitated the Renaissance and capitalism.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Conversations with Richard Fidler: Lemon Andersen Code: 81  |  Type: Conversation

Lemon Andersen escaped a world of drugs when he discovered performance art. He talks to Richard Fidler.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Modern Manglish Code: 83  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres:

Neil James and Harold Scruby tell Sue Butler what we have done to our language.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Left Turn Code: 84  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

Jeff Sparrow and Antony Loewenstein talk to Kellie Tranter about a new agenda for the Left.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
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