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2012 PROGRAM BY TYPE: All Events
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Friday, May 18 2012
Girl Trouble Code: 76  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Publishing Industry

Kathy Lette and Toni Jordan talk to Gretel Killeen about the direction of women’s fiction.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Go Back to Where You Wrote From! Code: 77  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir

Alice Pung and Tanveer Ahmed talk to Georgia Blain about their memoirs of growing up as immigrants in Australia.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Topic of Cancer Code: 78  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment

Masha Gessen and Joshua Cody talk to Lisa Pryor.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, 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 >
Book Design: The Story from Back to Front Code: 80  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Art & Design

Book designers tell us the secrets of their trade.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Masterclass: Steven Carroll on Fiction  * SOLD OUT * Code: W21  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Fiction,

Steven Carroll presents an exclusive Masterclass in writing fiction. By application only.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $210/$200
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Varuna Children’s Day Code: SR13  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Children's & Family, Young Adult, Fiction

A day of events for children aged 8+ with puppetry.

Friday, May 18 2012 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Blackheath Community Hall, Cnr Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway, Blackheath  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 >
House Code: 82  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Art & Design, Fashion, History

Robyn Stacey, Jennifer Barrett and Scott Hill tell what happens when an artist reinterprets a museum collection.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney  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 >
It Takes Balls Code: 85  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Chad Harbach and Malcolm Knox talk to Gideon Haigh about the literary appeal of sport.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Food: I’ll Just Die If I Don’t Get Some Code: 86  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Food

Is Sydney too obsessed with food? Alex Herbert, Tony Bilson and Charlotte Wood deliberate with Caroline Baum.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Vision Thing Code: 87  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, History, Biography & Memoir

Dava Sobel and Robyn Arianrhod talk to Ashley Hay about scientific revolutionaries.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The End of Ponzi Prosperity  * SOLD OUT * Code: 88  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: , Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Satyajit Das asks, can the world’s financial system last?

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Runaway General Code: 89  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs

Michael Hastings talks to Mark Colvin.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Sweep of Narrative Code: 90  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

With his latest, Elliot Perlman has cemented his reputation as a master storyteller. He talks to Elizabeth Johnstone.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Doggie Style Code: 91  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Art & Design,

Steven Miller shows how Australian art went to the dogs.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio  read more >
The Stella Prize Lunch  * SOLD OUT * Code: 92  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Join a fun-filled lunch celebrating Australian women’s writing and the inaugural Stella Prize.

Friday, May 18 2012 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $85/$
Settlers Room - Waterfront Restaurant, 27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, Sydney  read more >
Jeff Jarvis: Let Freedom Reign Code: 100  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Historical Fiction, , Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, Publishing Industry, Feminism

Jeff Jarvis is on a mission to keep the Internet free. Join him for this talk introduced by the ABC’s Mark Scott.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Wharf Theatre 2  read more >
All Families Have ’Em  * SOLD OUT * Code: 101  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Michael Sala and Steven Amsterdam tell Margaret Barbalet about the family secrets in their novels.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Antigone in Afghanistan Code: 102  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya discusses his latest novel The Watch.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Afternoons with James Valentine Code: 103  |  Type: Special Event

James Valentine hosts a quirky and entertaining spin on the world of writing.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Government House Code: 93  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, , Art & Design, Fashion

Ann Toy and historian Andrew Tink talk about the role of the NSW governors and Government House.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
The Translation Effect Code: 94  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Riikka Pulkkinen and Sheng Keyi tell Chip Rolley about keeping the story intact as it crosses borders.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The News Team Code: 95  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Fiction

Sam de Brito and Alex Mitchell tell Lachlan Harris about the excitement and hazards of journalism.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain Code: 96  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Biography & Memoir

Neuroscientist Marc Lewis tells Lisa Pryor what your brain is like on drugs.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Tides and Forrests Code: 97  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Hannah Richell and Emily Perkins talk about their novel, both generational sagas.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Who’s POTUS? Code: 98  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism, Biography & Memoir

Joe McGinniss, David Smith and Annie Groer cast their predictions on the 2012 US presidential election. Chair: Julia Baird.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Surfer’s Paradise Code: 99  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Fashion, History, Art & Design

Tony Edwards, Phil Jarratt and Mark Sutherland recall the innocent days of the surfing industry. With Sean Doherty.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Women On Top  * SOLD OUT * Code: W23  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction

International bestselling author Toni Jordan explores the essentials of cool chick lit.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Writing Memoir with Alice Pung  * SOLD OUT * Code: W24  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir,

Alice Pung explores weaving emotional truths around historical fact.

Friday, May 18 2012 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
First Tuesday Book Club  * SOLD OUT * Code: 104  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

ABC TV’s bookclub hosted by Jennifer Byrne, featuring Festival guests Jeffrey Eugenides and Stella Rimington.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Free, bookings essential 8333 3644
ABC TV Studios, 700 Harris Street, Ultimo  read more >
Dorothy Hewett Remembered Code: 105  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

Kate Lilley leads this tribute to her mother, Dorothy Hewett.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Spiritual Climate Change Code: 106  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Religion & Spirituality, , Politics & Current Affairs

Stephanie Dowrick speaks to Simon Longstaff about our urgent need for another kind of climate change.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Dead Easy Code: 107  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Crime, Fiction

Peter James, Malla Nunn and Michael Robotham give us the ingredients for engrossing crime fiction.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Classic! Code: 108  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Fiction

Kate Grenville, Tom Keneally, Geordie Williamson and Michael Heyward discuss Australian classics.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Preventing Torture Code: 109  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir, Feminism

Former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle talks to Danielle Celermajer.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Betrayal of Papunya Code: 110  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Indigenous, Feminism, , Politics & Current Affairs, Religion & Spirituality

Russell Skelton and Marion Scrymgour dig down to the core of Indigenous issues with Christopher Warren.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The House of Fiction Code: 111  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir

Elizabeth Jolley’s fiction didn’t end with her books. Stepdaughter Susan Swingler talks to Caroline Baum.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
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