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2012 PROGRAM BY TYPE: All Events
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Saturday, May 19 2012
Staying Alive Code: 144  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Poetry

Neil Astley talks to Robert Adamson about keeping poetry alive.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Resistance Code: 145  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism, History

Laura Soares Abrantes, Isabel ‘Beba’ Sequeira and Sylvia Lawson tell Katherine Thomson about demanding the impossible.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Bell Epoch Code: 146  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Art & Design, Poetry, Fiction, Biography & Memoir

Our greatest interpreter of Shakespeare shares his insights with Ron Blair.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Capitalism Today  * SOLD OUT * Code: 147  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

Loretta Napoleoni tells Alan Kohler about where our capitalism has gone wrong.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Finch Memoir Prize Code: 148  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Biography & Memoir

Richard Glover, Jacqueline Kent and Susan Duncan announce the winner of the prize.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
What Would Edith Do? Code: 149  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Annabel Crabb, Cynthia Banham and Emily Maguire tell us about the influence of Frank Moorhouse’s fictional Edith Campbell Berry.

Saturday, May 19 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 Trust? Code: 150  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: , Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism

Satyajit Das tells us about our breakdown in trust.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
On Canaan’s Side Code: 151  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Sebastian Barry talks to Suzanne Leal about his latest novel.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Artful Abacus Code: 152  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , History

Gideon Haigh and Jane Gleeson-White talk to novelist and former Macbanker John M. Green about how they made literature out of numbers.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Myth Matters Code: 153  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Jesmyn Ward and Sjón tell Miriam Cosic about the power of myth in fiction.

Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
National Treasures Code: 154  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Poetry

Judith Beveridge hosts a discussion and readings with Mark Tredinnick and Vivian Smith.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
A Common Loss Code: 155  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Kirsten Tranter talks to Debra Adelaide about her second novel.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Nothing But the Truth Code: 156  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir

Catherine Deveny talks to memoirists Benjamin Law and Marieke Hardy about the art and artifice of memoir.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
A More Perfect Heaven  * SOLD OUT * Code: 157  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Biography & Memoir, History

Dava Sobel talks to Robyn Williams about the man who “turned the universe inside out”.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Ghost Stories Code: 158  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Publishing Industry

Michael Robotham, Malcolm Knox and Michael Visontay tell Richard Walsh about the art of ghostwriting.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Brainy Days Code: 159  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Biography & Memoir

Barbara Arrowsmith Young trained her brain and Marc Lewis tested his. They talk to Neil James.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Sex and Sensibility Code: 160  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism,

Hugh Riminton and Geesche Jacobsen tell Liz Jackson about how to report sex scandals sensitiively.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Roddy Doyle Code: 161  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Roddy Doyle talks to Matthew Condon about his expansive career and life in Ireland.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Homosexual Code: 162  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: History, , Politics & Current Affairs

Dennis Altman talks to Anton Enus about his groundbreaking book published 40 years ago.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Fiction of Exile Code: 163  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Hisham Matar and Horacio Castellanos Moya talk to Robert Dessaix.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Rumble Code: SR27  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Music, Poetry

Young poets vie to represent New South Wales to become slam champions.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Free, bookings essential 8839 3399
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta  read more >
Scratch That Itch: How to Begin Writing  * SOLD OUT * Code: W28  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction

Deborah Robertson shows you how to break down anxiety and explore memory and imagination.

Saturday, May 19 2012 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Unexploded Diagrams with Mal Peet Code: W29  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Young Adult

International YA superstar Mal Peet teaches how to write fiction for young adults.

Saturday, May 19 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 >
The Secret Life of Poetry  * SOLD OUT * Code: W30  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Poetry

David Brooks leads a workshop on improving your poetry skills.

Saturday, May 19 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 >
Antarctic Adventures Code: 164  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Children's & Family

Join Alison Lester for an afternoon of stories and adventures with her latest heroine, Sophie Scott.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9298 3060
Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road (corner Wigram Road), Glebe  read more >
Loose Canons: Poetry of the Unexpected Code: 165  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

The poets featured speak out with diverse voices varying from acerbic wit to clever ludic twists.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
State of Grace Code: 166  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

The Book of Emmett author Deborah Forster talks to Sandra Yates about her new novel, The Meaning of Grace.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Old Scrags and Other Sheilas Code: 167  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

P.A. O’Reilly and Kerry Greenwood talk to Kerryn Goldsworthy about how to create memorable Australian female characters.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Private Lives Code: 168  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir

Anne Sebba, Hilary McPhee and Susan Swingler tell Anne Chisholm about the rules of engagement for biographers and memoirists.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Why Are We Still There? Code: 169  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs

Karen Middleton and Nathan Mullins give us their views on the war in Afghanistan.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Ice Men Code: 170  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment, History

Peter FitzSimons and Heather Rossiter talk to Richard Glover about Mawson, Amundsen and Scott.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Is Patrick White Anti-Australian? Code: 171  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Books and Arts Daily’s Michael Cathcart leads the discussion.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Sarah Palin Stopper Code: 172  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Feminism, History, Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs

Joe McGinniss tells Annabel Crabb how Sarah Palin ever got as far as she did.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Tasmanian Aborigines  * SOLD OUT * Code: 173  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Fashion, History, Indigenous

Lyndall Ryan talks to Ann Curthoys about the evidence of the massacre of Tasmanian Aborigines.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Lake Eyre Code: 174  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fashion, , Science & Environment, Travel

Heather Ewart hosts Tony Eastley, Tim Palmer and Conor Duffy in this special event in tribute to Paul Lockyer.

Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Poetry Australia Code: 175  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

Indulge in the words of some of our finest poets, hosted by two of them: Robert Gray and Geoffrey Lehmann.

Saturday, May 19 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
On Western Sydney Code: 176  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, , Fiction, Poetry

Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Judith Ridge, Felicity Castagna and Oliver Phommavanh talk to Fiona Wright about Western Sydney’s literary culture.

Saturday, May 19 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
You Want Me To Do What?!  * SOLD OUT * Code: 177  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, Religion & Spirituality, , Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir

Glenn Carle and Peter Mitchell talk to Simon Longstaff about the moral choices we face at work.

Saturday, May 19 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Art of Chad Harbach Code: 178  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Chad Harbach’s dazzling debut is an exciting exploration of sex and sport.

Saturday, May 19 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Free Voices: Freedom of Expression in a Time of Complacency Code: 179  |  Type: Address

Antony Loewenstein gives the Sydney PEN Free Voices address.

Saturday, May 19 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
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