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Thursday, May 1 2014
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad  * SOLD OUT * Code: 1  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Crime, Fiction, Scriptwriting

Breaking Bad creator and executive producer, Vince Gilligan speaks to Adam Spencer. ***TICKETS AVAILABLE TO SECOND EVENT***. Event 232 'Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad - Additional Event due to Popular Demand'. Vince will not be doing signings at these events. Pre-purchased tickets to both shows can be picked up from the box office located at Town Hall (George St entrance) from 6pm.

Thursday, May 1 2014 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM Ticketed: $$45/$35
Sydney Town Hall  read more >
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad - Additional Event due to Popular Demand Code: 232  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Scriptwriting, Crime

'Breaking Bad' creator and executive producer, Vince Gilligan speaks to Benjamin Law. Vince will not be doing signings at this events. Pre-purchased tickets to both shows can be picked up from the box office located at Town Hall (George St entrance) from 6pm.

Thursday, May 1 2014 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Sydney Town Hall  read more >
 
Friday, May 16 2014
Opening Event: Varuna Program and Black and Blue Exhibition Launch Code: SR1  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Art

Join us to toast our new festival program along with the launch of an intriguing new exhibition.

Friday, May 16 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free, no bookings
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba  read more >
 
Saturday, May 17 2014
Stories from the Mountains Code: SR2  |  Type: Exhibition   |  Genres: Art, Culture & Heritage, Indigenous

A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, two exhibitions focus on the power of storytelling through art.

Saturday, May 17 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $5/$3
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba  read more >
Felicity Castagna: Starting From Place  * SOLD OUT * Code: W1  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing, Fiction, Craft

Felicity Castagna teaches you how to create a sense of place in your writing.

Saturday, May 17 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $150/$140
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
CBCA Junior Masterclass: Christopher Cheng Code: W2  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Young Adults, Craft, Children & Families, Fiction

Bring something old from home and share ideas with Christopher Cheng to weave amazing stories.

Saturday, May 17 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $70
State Library of New South Wales, Lower Ground Floor via Dalgety Walkway, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Tim Ferguson: The Cheeky Monkey Code: W30  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, Publishing

Tim Ferguson unlocks the secret to comedy writing.

Saturday, May 17 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 >
Vanessa Berry: Puberty Clues Code: W3  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Young Adults, Craft, Publishing

Vanessa Berry teaches you the tricks of writing a coming-of-age memoir.

Saturday, May 17 2014 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 >
 
Sunday, May 18 2014
John Purcell: Keeping Sex Real Code: W4  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Craft, Publishing

John Purcell, AKA Natasha Walker, discusses when and how to include sex in your writing.

Sunday, May 18 2014 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 >
Neil James: Great Grammar for Writers Code: W5  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft

Neil James reveals how to refine your voice and sharpen your style with traditional grammar.

Sunday, May 18 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 >
Claire Scobie & David Roach: The Screenwriter's Toolbox with a Novelist’s Craft  * SOLD OUT * Code: W6  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Scriptwriting, Publishing, Craft

Two days with Claire Scobie and David Roach to turn your novel into a blockbuster.

Sunday, May 18 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $275/$240
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
CBCA Junior Masterclass: Dianne Bates  * SOLD OUT * Code: W7  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Fiction, Young Adults, Craft, Publishing

Dianne Bates shows how to create fresh and memorable prose and poetry with memorable characters.

Sunday, May 18 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $70
State Library of New South Wales, Lower Ground Floor via Dalgety Walkway, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Rocket Readings Code: SR54  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

Rocket Readings: poetry event.

Sunday, May 18 2014 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Wollongong Art Gallery, Corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong  read more >
Kate Forsyth: History, Mystery & Magic  * SOLD OUT * Code: W8  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Publishing, Craft

Want to stir the imagination? Kate Forsyth shows you how.

Sunday, May 18 2014 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 >
Varuna, The National Writers’ House – A Celebration Code: SR3  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Art, Publishing

You are invited to celebrate 25 years of achievement for this literary jewel in Katoomba.

Sunday, May 18 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $40
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba  read more >
 
Monday, May 19 2014
Primary School Days: Parramatta Code: 1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Fiction, Children & Families

Primary School Days brings literature to life for children aged 8 and over.

Monday, May 19 2014 9:40 AM - 2:30 AM Ticketed: $25
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta  read more >
Here and Now: Debut Fiction Code: SR4  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Felicity Castagna and Kirsten Krauth talk with Irina Dunn about exploring new suburban realities in their fiction debuts.

Monday, May 19 2014 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Melanie Tait: Learn Live Storytelling Code: W9  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Young Adults

ABC RN’s Melanie Tait teaches you how to perform your stories in front of a live audience.

Monday, May 19 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 >
CBCA Junior Masterclass: Libby Hathorn Code: W10  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Young Adults, Craft, Fiction, Publishing

Libby Hathorn shares the secrets of imagination to help you discover the creative you.

Monday, May 19 2014 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $70
State Library of New South Wales, Lower Ground Floor via Dalgety Walkway, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Adrian Newstead: The Dealer is the Devil Code: SR5  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Art, Indigenous, Culture & Heritage

Adrian Newstead discusses his explosive new memoir, The Dealer is the Devil.

Monday, May 19 2014 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Emma Donoghue: Frog Music Code: SR6  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Kate Fagan talks with Emma Donoghue about her Booker-nominated novel Room and intriguing new book Frog Music.

Monday, May 19 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Summer Land: Path to Publication (Additional workshop due to popular demand)  * SOLD OUT * Code: W33  |  Type: Workshops

Craft the perfect ‘elevator pitch’ with Summer Land. Second event added due to popular demand.

Monday, May 19 2014 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Room  read more >
Beyond Ageism Code: SR7  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, Nonfiction

Lynne Segal and Patricia Edgar discuss their books.

Monday, May 19 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Iain McCalman: The Reef Code: 2  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Nonfiction

Iain McCalman talks about The Reef.

Monday, May 19 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, bookings essential, email university.museums@sydney.edu.au
University of Sydney, Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane (off Science Road), University of Sydney  read more >
Bob Carr: Diary of a Foreign Minister Code: SR8  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Current Affairs

The former state minister Bob Debus interviews Bob Carr about the ups and downs of political life.

Monday, May 19 2014 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
The Dr Dark Memorial Lecture: How Do We Adapt to a New Climatic Epoch? Code: SR9  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Science & Environment

When our natural systems are being overwhelmed, can technology help to save the planet?

Monday, May 19 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Sunburnt: Six True Tales of Holidays from Hell Code: SR24  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Indigenous, Nonfiction

Stories about travel mishaps, awkward summer romances and overseas adventures.

Monday, May 19 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free, bookings essential 1300 241 167,
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach  read more >
 
Tuesday, May 20 2014
Kate Forsyth: Re-Spinning the Magic of Fairytales Code: W11  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Craft, Publishing

Learn to weave a magical world of myths into your own story.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 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 >
Sulari Gentill: Historical Fiction Code: W12  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing, Fiction, History, Craft

Bringing history into your narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps the story.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 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 >
Primary School Days: City Code: 2  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children & Families, Fiction, Education

Primary School Days brings literature to life for children aged 8 and over.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 9:40 AM - 2:30 AM Ticketed: $25
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Secondary School Days: Parramatta Code: 3  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Fiction, Children & Families

Secondary School Days brings literature to life for students aged 13 and over.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 9:40 AM - 2:30 AM Ticketed: $25
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta  read more >
New Fiction: Surprising Families Code: SR10  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Sally Piper and Annah Faulkner talk with Carol Major about the surprising families at the centre of their novels.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Steven Lewis: Online Marketing for Writers  * SOLD OUT * Code: W13  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: New Media, Nonfiction, Publishing, Craft

Stephen Lewis teaches how to reach readers via social media and create your online presence.

Tuesday, May 20 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 >
Black and Blue Panel Code: SR11  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Art

A panel featuring the Black and Blue group will be followed by a buffet lunch and exhibition viewing at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Sandi Toksvig: Peas & Queues  * SOLD OUT * Code: SR12  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy

In Peas & Queues actress and comedian Sandi Toksvig interrogates the history and relevance of modern manners – with hilarious results.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Anita Heiss: So You Want to Write a Chick Lit Novel  * SOLD OUT * Code: W14  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Craft

Anita Heiss teaches you to write a chick lit novel with believable characters and authentic settings.

Tuesday, May 20 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 >
David Henley: Big World Plotting  * SOLD OUT * Code: W15  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Publishing, Craft

David Henley shows you how to tie your characters and plot together in a winning story structure.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 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 >
Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to the Deep North Code: SR13  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Richard Flanagan talks about his acclaimed novel of the cruelty of war and the impossibility of love.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Restoration and Renewal of Australian Writing Code: SR14  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Nonfiction, History, Publishing

A vital conversation by three passionate writers intent on honouring Australian literature’s past, present and future.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 4:30 PM - 5:40 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
New Poetry: Free event Code: SR15  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Poetry

Join us for the launch of new poetry books by Blue Mountains authors John Watson, Roberta Lowing and Philip Hammial.

Tuesday, May 20 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Free, no bookings
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
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