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2012 PROGRAM BY TYPE: All Events
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Friday, May 18 2012
Women on Men Code: 112  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Kirsten Tranter and Deborah Robertson tell Matthew Condon how they found a man's voice.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Modified Tweet Code: 113  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Historical Fiction, , Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism, Business & Economics, Art & Design

@CatherineDeveny, @KathyLette and @Colvinius talk Twitter with @drplainenglish.

Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Conversations with Richard Fidler: Joshua Cody Code: 114  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Music, , Science & Environment

Joshua Cody talks to Richard Fidler about this memoir [sic].

Friday, May 18 2012 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Her Beauty and Her Terror Code: 115  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Poetry

Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray tell Barry Spurr how well Australian poetry stacks up.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Robert Dessaix  * SOLD OUT * Code: 116  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres:

Robert Dessaix talks to David Marr.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Friends Reviewing Friends Code: 117  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Chris Flynn leads a roundtable discussion on the internecine politics of book reviewing.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Welcome to the Hyperbowl Code: 118  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs,

Eric Knight, Kathy Lette and Nick Bryant put our political language to the test. With Janine Perrett.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Stories of O Code: 119  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Nikki Gemmell and Susan Johnson talk to Fiona Giles about the real role the erotic plays in their work.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Big Reading Code: 120  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Fiction,

Five international guests read their work. With Annette Shun Wah.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Memoirs of a Young Bastard Code: 121  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, , Art & Design

Hilary McPhee tells Grame Blundell about Tim Burstall’s diaries.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
UTS Anthology Launch: Hide Your Fires Code: 122  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, , Fiction

The launch of the 2012 UTS Writers’ Anthology, showcasing its best new voices in creative writing.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Free, no bookings
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Word on the Street: Under the Red Tent Code: SR15  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

Under a Bedouin tent, the sound of the ney flute combines with local poetry and hip hop.

Friday, May 18 2012 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free, no bookings
Railway Park, Auburn  read more >
Thank God It’s Friday with Richard Glover Code: 123  |  Type: Special Event

Richard Glover in a Festival edition of the cult comedy show, broadcast live on 702 ABC Sydney.

Friday, May 18 2012 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
WriterOvernighter with Michael Pryor Code: 124  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Fiction, Children's & Family

An all-nighter at the Powerhouse Museum for families with author Michael Pryor.

Friday, May 18 2012 6:00 PM Ticketed: $130
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo  read more >
Can’t Be That Hard  * SOLD OUT * Code: 125  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs,

George Megalogenis, Annabel Crabb, Peter Hartcher, Malcolm Turnbull and Lachlan Harris, with Barrie Cassidy.

Friday, May 18 2012 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney  read more >
RN’s Friday Drive with Julian Morrow Code: 126  |  Type: Special Event

Julian Morrow hosts his Friday-night show at the Festival, including interviews, news, music and surprises.

Friday, May 18 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance Cafe, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Bad News Code: 127  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

Robert Manne examines the way The Australian shapes national debate.

Friday, May 18 2012 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Free, bookings essential 9242 8555
Customs House, The Reading Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay  read more >
Brain Food  * SOLD OUT * Code: SR30  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Science & Environment, , Young Adult

Dr Karl shines a light on how bodies work in his new book, Brain Food.

Friday, May 18 2012 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ticketed: $5
Penrith City Library, 601 High Street, Penrith  read more >
Erotic Fan Fiction Code: 128  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Fiction

A new batch of writers and performers turns their craft to a night of smut and hilarity.

Friday, May 18 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Australian Book Industry Awards Code: 129  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Join us for a night of celebration at the 2012 ABIAs.

Friday, May 18 2012 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Ticketed: $220/$176
IVY Room, Level 1, 330 George Street, Sydney  read more >
Moving People Code: SR16  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry, Fiction

A night of performance writing on coming and going from Western Sydney.

Friday, May 18 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9793 8324
Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown  read more >
Kindling is for the Fire: New and Established Aboriginal Voices Code: SR18  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Indigenous, Fiction

New and established Aboriginal writers join Cathy Craigie to talk about writing from culture.

Friday, May 18 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9839 6558
Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown  read more >
Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship Code: 130  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

The announcement of the winner of the 2012 award, followed by a rehearsed reading of the play.

Friday, May 18 2012 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Ticketed: $5
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
You Must Have Something to Hide Code: 131  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, , Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Michael Kirby, Stella Rimington, Glenn Carle, Jeff Jarvis and Heather Brooke talk to David Marr.

Friday, May 18 2012 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney  read more >
The Chaser’s Empty Vessel Code: 132  |  Type: Special Event

The Chaser, live at the Festival Club. It’s totally free – and worth every cent.

Friday, May 18 2012 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Teen Diaries Code: 133  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir,

Marieke Hardy, Monique Schafter, Eddie Sharp and Nick Coyle reveal their teenage secrets.

Friday, May 18 2012 11:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
 
Saturday, May 19 2012
Warning: Incredibly Graphic! Code: W25  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Art & Design

An introductory workshop to graphic novels with renowned industry insider Chewie Chan.

Saturday, May 19 2012 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Just Funny with Andy Griffiths  * SOLD OUT * Code: W26  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Young Adult, Fiction

Andy Griffiths shows you the tricks to tickling the tiniest funnybones!

Saturday, May 19 2012 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Life Sentence with David Brooks  * SOLD OUT * Code: W27  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction

Form, structure, sentence and plot with acclaimed writer David Brooks.

Saturday, May 19 2012 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Emily Perkins Code: 134  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

New Zealand novelist Emily Perkins talks to Anton Enus about her latest book, The Forrests.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
A Tiger in Eden Code: 135  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Chris Flynn talks to Toni Jordan about what can happen when you place an Ulster thug in backpacker Thailand.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Townies Code: 136  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fashion, History,

Matthew Condon, Sophie Cunningham, Delia Falconer and Kerryn Goldsworthy tell us the secrets of their cities. With Jill Eddington.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
A Train in Winter Code: 137  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, History,

Caroline Moorehead talks to David Marr about her latest work A Train in Winter.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
PIPA SOPA (If You Have to Ask...) Code: 138  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Historical Fiction

Thomas Tudehope, Jeff Jarvis and Zoë Rodriguez on US efforts to protect copyright.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Michael Robotham Code: 139  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Crime

Michael Robotham talks to Mark Dapin about what it takes to keep the bestsellers coming.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
DIY Code: 140  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Business & Economics, Art & Design, Food

Indira Naidoo and Kelly Doust talk to Jason Di Rosso about the allure of the handmade and the home-grown.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Man Without a Face Code: 141  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Crime, Feminism, Biography & Memoir, , Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Masha Gessen’s biography of Putin shines a light on his brutal modus operandi. With Jane Hutcheon.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Calculating Women  * SOLD OUT * Code: 142  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, History, Biography & Memoir

Robyn Arianrhod tells Lynne Malcolm about the role two women played in revolutionising physics.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Kate Grenville  * SOLD OUT * Code: 143  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Kate Grenville talks to Ashley Hay about her bestselling trilogy of novels on colonial Sydney.

Saturday, May 19 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
No More Nuremburg Defence Code: SR26  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir

Glenn Carle tells Elisabeth Wynhausen why he resigned from the CIA.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Free, bookings essential 8839 3399
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta  read more >
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