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Friday, May 23 2014
Inga Simpson: Setting and Description  * SOLD OUT * Code: W25  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Science & Environment, Craft

Inga Simpson shows how to capture place and master the art of fine sensory detail.

Friday, May 23 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $150/$140
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Scott Baker & Steve Worland: Thrilling Writing Code: W26  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing, Crime, Scriptwriting, Craft

Create exciting characters and structure stories that will make your book un-put-down-able!

Friday, May 23 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $150/$140
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Cultivating Australian Modernism Code: 81  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, Art, History

Join a discussion about the Australian history of the modernist garden.

Friday, May 23 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Free, no bookings
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Conversations: Richard Fidler with Jim Al-Khalili Code: 82  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Nonfiction, History

Jim Al-Khalili travels to the furthest reaches of the universe to share his favourite scientific enigmas.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Curiosity Lecture Series: On Epicurus Code: 2  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Philosophy, History, Nonfiction

Can Epicureanism be put to use today?

Friday, May 23 2014 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Waves of Extinction Code: 83  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Environment, Current Affairs

Waves of extinction are sweeping the world. Who should we love?

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Following in the Footsteps Code: 84  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Culture & Heritage, History

Paul Livingston, John Baxter and Ian Buruma explore stories from their families during war. Note: Venue is now Richard Wherrett Studio in Walsh Bay.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre  read more >
Lynne Segal: The March of Time Code: 85  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir

Lynne Segal turns her formidable gaze towards the thorny issue of ageing.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Judging Women Code: 86  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Current Affairs, Fiction, Nonfiction

Do we judge books by women differently? Note: Venue is now Pier 2/3 Mainstage.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $14
Pier 2/3 Main Stage  read more >
Thomas Keneally Tribute Code: 87  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Culture & Heritage, Craft

Celebrate 50 years of writing from Australia's national living treasure, Thomas Keneally.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy Code: 88  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Philosophy, Poetry

What are the connections between poetry and reason, imagination and truth?

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Betty Churcher Speaks to Ben Quilty  * SOLD OUT * Code: 89  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Art, Biography & Memoir, Culture & Heritage

Betty Churcher speaks to Ben Quilty about her Australian Notebooks.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Turning the Tide Code: 90  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Current Affairs, History, Indigenous, Culture & Heritage

A discussion about the Northern Territory intervention and its ongoing effects on the community.

Friday, May 23 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Curiosity Lecture Series: On Why I Leave Home Code: 3  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Philosophy, Travel, Fiction, Nonfiction

Robert Dessaix argues that travelling well and often is essential to the civilised life.

Friday, May 23 2014 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Afternoons with James Valentine Code: 92  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

James Valentine hosts the 702 ABC Sydney Afternoons program live from the Festival.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Real Sydney Code: 93  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Culture & Heritage

Hear about different sides to Sydney with Steven McGregor, Louis Nowra and Felicity Castagna.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Thomas Keneally: A Life of Books Code: 94  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Fiction, Culture & Heritage

Peter Pierce in discussion with Tom Keneally one of Australia’s most beloved living writers.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Modern Etiquette Code: 95  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, Nonfiction

Do manners really matter? With Sandi Toksvig and Lucinda Holdforth.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Eimear McBride: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing  * SOLD OUT * Code: 96  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Eimear McBride on her virtuosic, utterly compelling debut novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $14
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Tim Cope: On the Trail of Genghis Khan Code: 97  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Travel, Culture & Heritage

Adventurer Tim Cope goes On the Trail of Genghis Khan to remember an ancient way of life.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Keeping it Real: Crime as Social History Code: 98  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Crime, Current Affairs, Nonfiction, Culture & Heritage

Adrian McKinty, P.M. Newton and Malla Nunn discuss blending crime fiction with social history.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Amy Tan: The Valley of Amazement Code: 99  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, Fiction

Amy Tan returns to the rich topic of mother-daughter relations in The Valley of Amazement.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Frank Dikötter: The Tragedy of Liberation  * SOLD OUT * Code: 100  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, Nonfiction, History, Politics

Frank Dikötter on the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China.

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Curiosity Lecture Series: On the Bush Coming Back Code: 4  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Culture & Heritage, Philosophy

The bush has been largely marginalised in Australian writing but is it making a comeback?

Friday, May 23 2014 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Derrick Brown: Poetry and Performance Code: W27  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Poetry, Craft, Publishing

Derrick Brown leads a rare three-hour workshop on performing and publishing your poetry.

Friday, May 23 2014 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 >
Harry Seidler: A Singular Vision Code: 101  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Art, Biography & Memoir, Culture & Heritage

An exploration of Helen O’Neill’s A Singular Vision : Harry Seidler

Friday, May 23 2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Curiosity Lecture Series: On Blood Code: 5  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Nonfiction, Philosophy

EVENT CANCELLED: This event has been cancelled as Lawrence Hill can no longer attend the Festival. There is a new lecture - Curiosity Lecture: On Forgetting

Friday, May 23 2014 2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Curiosity Lecture Series: On Forgetting Code: 15  |  Type: Author Talk

This year's Stella Prize winner Clare Wright reflects on the nature of historical memory: who we remember and what we choose—to our psychic and civic detriment—to forget.

Friday, May 23 2014 2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage  read more >
The Book Club  * SOLD OUT * Code: 102  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

A very special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of The Book Club.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, bookings essential 8333 3644,
ABC TV Studios, 700 Harris Street, Ultimo  read more >
Stranger than Fiction? Historical Memory and the Past Code: 103  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, Culture & Heritage

Winners of the 2013 NSW Premier’s History Awards discuss their diverse approaches revealing different truths.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Literary Friendships: Hilary Bell & Antonia Pesenti Code: 105  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Art, Craft

Hilary and Antonia met in Paris and have remained friends ever since, recently collaborating together.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Mind the Body Code: 106  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Crime, Fiction

John Connolly, crime novelist and co-editor of Books To Die For, discloses the joys and sorrows of the modern mystery.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $14
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Turning a Blind Eye Code: 107  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Current Affairs, Nonfiction

David Marr, Joanne McCarthy and Michaela McGuire explore the gap between ethics and the law, who is above it and why.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Rally Cry: Stories that Inspire Change Code: 108  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: New Media, History, Current Affairs, Politics

A few clicks and a creative story beautifully told is no longer confined to a small audience.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Malcolm Fraser: Dangerous Allies Code: 109  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Current Affairs, Politics, Nonfiction

Malcom Fraser makes a plea for more foreign policy independence in Dependent Allies.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Leunig: Holy Fool  * SOLD OUT * Code: 110  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: New Media, Fiction, Current Affairs, Art

Australia’s most admired cartoonist, Michael Leunig, shares his thoughts on the Holy Fool.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $20/$14
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Drive with Richard Glover, featuring Thank God It's Friday Code: 111  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

Richard Glover presents his 702 ABC Sydney Drive program live from the Festival.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
The Madonna–Whore and Other Fictions Code: 118  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Indigenous, Nonfiction, Fiction

Tara Moss, Nakkiah Lui, Emma Donoghue and Kate Ceberano alongside Tracey Spicer, on being labelled.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Curiosity Lecture Series: On Offence Code: 6  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Current Affairs, Politics, Philosophy

Richard King looks at the taking of offence.

Friday, May 23 2014 3:30 PM - 4:10 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Sheila Chisholm, Australian Ingenue Code: 29  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Nonfiction, History

A story unknown to most, Sheila is a spellbinding account of an utterly fascinating woman.

Friday, May 23 2014 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ticketed: $14
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
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