Archive Festival 2015

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Friday, May 1 2015
Julia Gillard: On Standing for Something  * SOLD OUT * Code: 1  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics, Biography & Memoir, Current Affairs

Jamila Rizvi chats to Julia Gillard about motivation, persistence and staying sane under extreme scrutiny.

Friday, May 1 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Ticketed: $40/$25
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney read more
 
Friday, May 8 2015
James Patterson: The Rise and Rise of the World’s Biggest Author Code: 2  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Craft, Publishing

A look into Patterson’s success and his master plan to save the future of reading.

Friday, May 8 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ticketed: $40/$20
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney read more
 
Saturday, May 16 2015
Trees, Memory & Imagination: A Creative Workshop Code: SR1  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, Poetry

Join acclaimed local poet Deb Westbury to explore the textures, feelings and techniques for writing trees, memory and imagination.

Saturday, May 16 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ticketed: $50/$40
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
Whispering Trees Code: SR2  |  Type: Exhibition   |  Genres: Poetry, Music

Discover the stories in the Whispering Trees of Varuna in this atmospheric sound installation.

Saturday, May 16 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Free, no bookings. Full Blue Mountains program at varuna.com.au
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
Jaki Arthur: How to Make Publicity Work For You  * SOLD OUT * Code: W1  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing, New Media

Learn how to harness media attention and publicise your book. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Saturday, May 16 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $160/$145
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Neil James: Great Grammar for Writers  * SOLD OUT * Code: W2  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft

Dr Neil James uses grammar to illustrate how great writing works, and how it can take your writing to a new level. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Saturday, May 16 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $160/$145
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Vanessa Alexander: Developing Your Idea for the Screen  * SOLD OUT * Code: W3  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, Scriptwriting

Bring your fresh idea and turn it into a bigger concept. Story and script techniques that can be applied to any project. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Saturday, May 16 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $160/$145
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Poetry in Place Code: SR3  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Poetry

A conversation with local poets and sound artists about the collaborative process of creating Whispering Trees.

Saturday, May 16 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
Poetry Circle Code: SR6  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

Local poets read their work, around a fire in the gardens of Varuna.

Saturday, May 16 2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Free, no bookings. Full Blue Mountains program at varuna.com.au
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
 
Sunday, May 17 2015
Writing What Makes You Blush: Workshop Code: SR4  |  Type: Workshops

Join Lee Kofman, author of The Dangerous Bride, to explore practical strategies for writing what makes you blush.

Sunday, May 17 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ticketed: $50/$40
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
Whispering Trees Code: SR2  |  Type: Exhibition   |  Genres: Poetry, Music

Discover the stories in the Whispering Trees of Varuna in this atmospheric sound installation.

Sunday, May 17 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Free, no bookings. Full Blue Mountains program at varuna.com.au
Varuna, The National Writers House, Katoomba read more
Joanne Fedler: Tips and Tricks for Finding Your Unique Writing Voice  * SOLD OUT * Code: W4  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft

Joanne Fedler helps you sort through the clutter to reveal your true personality on the page. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Sunday, May 17 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $90/$75
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Melanie Ostell: (Writing is) Rewriting  * SOLD OUT * Code: W5  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, Publishing

This workshop reviews structure, plot, pace, character development, back story, denouement and POV/voice. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Sunday, May 17 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $90/$75
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Yamakarra! - Writing Community and Country Code: SR5  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Indigenous, History

Join the storytellers of Yamakarra! Liza Kennedy and the Keewong Mob for a discussion about their people’s history.

Sunday, May 17 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Free, no bookings. Full Blue Mountains program at varuna.com.au
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
Yamakarra! Yarnup with the Keewong Mob Code: SR7  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, Spirituality / Religion, Indigenous, History

The storytellers of Yamakarra! Liza Kennedy and the Keewong Mob share stories of country and culture.

Sunday, May 17 2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Free, no bookings. Full Blue Mountains program at varuna.com.au
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba read more
 
Monday, May 18 2015
Bernard Zuel: So You Want to Be a Critic  * SOLD OUT * Code: W6  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, New Media, Nonfiction

Learn how to analyse a performance or creative work, turn your thoughts into something publishable and make it entertaining. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Monday, May 18 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $90/$75
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Primary School Days: Parramatta Code: PSD1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children & Families, Education, Fiction

Monday, May 18 2015 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $25
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta read more
Storytelling: Aboriginal Histories and Making Change Code: SR8  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Indigenous

A discussion about how sharing and telling stories records history and makes change in communities and movements.

Monday, May 18 2015 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Anna Westbrook: Luminous Ghosts - Writing Historical Fiction  * SOLD OUT * Code: W7  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, Fiction

Novelist and creative writing teacher Anna Westbrook explores various approaches to historical fiction. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Monday, May 18 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $160/$145
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Claire Scobie and David Roach: The Screenwriter’s Toolbox with a Novelist’s Craft Code: W8  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft, Fiction, Publishing

Over two days (May 18 and 19), screenwriter David Roach and novelist Claire Scobie cover everything you need to make your novel a success. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Monday, May 18 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $300/$275
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Zia Haider Rahman: In the Light of What We Know Code: SR9  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Zia Haider Rahman discusses his acclaimed debut novel exploring class, belonging, and the limits of knowledge.

Monday, May 18 2015 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Business Bites: John Howard on Leadership  * SOLD OUT * Code: 3  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Business & Economy, Politics, Current Affairs, History

John Howard discusses The Menzies Era and what it takes to be a good leader.

Monday, May 18 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Ticketed: $40
St James Ethics Centre, Level 2, Legion House, 161 Castlereagh St, Sydney read more
Patti Miller: Ransacking Paris Code: SR10  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Philosophy

Patti Miller talks about her new book Ransacking Paris and the value of ‘thieving’ for writers.

Monday, May 18 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Matt McGuire: Writing Crime  * SOLD OUT * Code: W9  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Crime

Matt McGuire reveals the range of techniques and stylistic devices deployed by crime writers to tell their stories. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Monday, May 18 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $90/$75
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
James Bradley: Clade Code: SR11  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Science & Environment

James Bradley talks about the challenges of tackling climate change in his new novel Clade.

Monday, May 18 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Lee Kofman: The Dangerous Bride Code: SR12  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Can non-monogamy be ethical? Can settling down in life and love ever satisfy?

Monday, May 18 2015 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception Code: 4  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Publishing, Culture & Heritage

A glittering celebration of excellence in Australian writing.

Monday, May 18 2015 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Ticketed: $60/$55
State Library of NSW, The Galleries, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney read more
Dr Dark Memorial Lecture: Future Shock, Again? Code: SR13  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Current Affairs

Alan Finkel explores the opportunities & pitfalls for our social wellbeing in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

Monday, May 18 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Little Fictions Code: 5  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Fiction

Professional actors will read the work of Spineless Wonders authors. Bookings at the door.

Monday, May 18 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ticketed: $10
Knox St Bar, 21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale read more
All Lost in the Supermarket Code: SR25  |  Type: Performance

Phil Spencer and Richard Cuthbert present a darkly comic storytelling show with songs.

Monday, May 18 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free, bookings essential 1300 241 167, rocksurfers.org
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach read more
 
Tuesday, May 19 2015
Primary School Days: City Code: PSD2  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children & Families, Education, Fiction

Tuesday, May 19 2015 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $25
Roslyn Packer Theatre (formerly Sydney Theatre), 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay read more
Secondary School Days: Parramatta Code: SSD1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Young Adults, Fiction, Education, Children & Families

Join us as we bring literature to life with a line-up of acclaimed local and international guests including, Laurie Halse Anderson, Melina Marchetta, Garth Nix and Brenton McKenna.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $25
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta read more
New Voices - Debut Fiction Code: SR14  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Ellen van Neerven and John Connell discuss the role of place and the resonance of the past in fiction.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Neil James: Perfecting Punctuation Code: W10  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft

Dr Neil James will help you sharpen your punctuation and writing style. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $160/$145
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Felicity Castagna: Starting From Place  * SOLD OUT * Code: W11  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Craft

Join Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner Felicity Castagna for a workshop on writing about place. Supported by the Plain English Foundation.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $160/$145
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney read more
Helen Macdonald: H is for Hawk Code: SR15  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Join Helen Macdonald for an intimate discussion about grief, writer T.H. White, and the restorative power of the wild.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Bitesize Lunchtime Talks: Last Woman Hanged with Caroline Overington  * SOLD OUT * Code: 6  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Culture & Heritage, History, Nonfiction

Caroline Overington re-examines the evidence and discovers the truth about the last woman hanged in NSW.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Free, bookings essential sl.nsw.gov.au/events
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney read more
Joan London: The Golden Age Code: SR16  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Joan London has brought a whole universe to life in The Golden Age.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
Helen Razer and Bernard Keane: A Short History of Stupid Code: SR17  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Nonfiction, Current Affairs, Politics

Helen Razer and Bernard Keane explore the contagion of idiocy and its impact on our health and productivity.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
The Simple Act of Reading Code: SR18  |  Type: Conversation

A passionate conversation about reading: what it means for writers, and how it shapes all our lives.

Tuesday, May 19 2015 4:30 PM - 5:40 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba read more
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