Archive Festival 2016
Program by Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
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Sunday 15 May 2016
Bianca Nogrady: How to be a Successful Freelancer  * SOLD OUT * Code: W8  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Politics & Current Affairs

Learn how to build a freelance writing business that is flexible and fruitful.

Sunday 15 May 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $100/$80
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Monday 16 May 2016
BOSTES: Changing Australia Code: BOS3  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Indigenous, Australian History, History, Young Adult

Stan Grant, Eva Orner and Alice Pung discuss racism, refugees and minorities in Australia.

Monday 16 May 2016 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed (see details)
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Business Bites: Satyajit Das - Desperately Seeking Innovation Code: BB1  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Technology, Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Satyajit Das asks what we really mean when we declare that ‘innovation’ is the solution.

Monday 16 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Customs House, Barnet Long Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Ticketed: $40
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BOSTES: Climate Change and All That Code: BOS5  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs, Young Adult

Peter Doherty implores citizens to become informed so they can participate in scientific debate.

Monday 16 May 2016 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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The Dr Dark Memorial Lecture: Good News, Bad News Code: SR40  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Publishing Industry

The mainstream media is in crisis and Andrew Fowler (The War on Journalism) tells us why.

Monday 16 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Ticketed: $15/$10
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
2016 Opening Address: Kate Tempest  * SOLD OUT * Code: 6  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Poetry, Politics & Current Affairs, Fiction

Kate Tempest performs her poems, and talks about how the stories we choose define us.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Wednesday 18 May 2016
Business Bites: Paddy Manning - Born to Rule Code: BB3  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Paddy Manning on the business skills and strategies that helped Malcolm Turnbull rise.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Customs House, Barnet Long Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Ticketed: $40
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Chasing Asylum: NSW Premiere  * SOLD OUT * Code: 10  |  Type: Film Screening   |  Genres: Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs, Film & TV

A film on Australia’s offshore detention policies with many devastating first-hand accounts.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dendy Opera Quays, Shop 1, No. 2 East Circular Quay, Sydney
Ticketed: $20
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Insiders Live at Sydney Writers’ Festival Code: 11  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

A special live SWF Insiders with the best political commentators today and host Barrie Cassidy.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Thursday 19 May 2016
Coffee and Papers with the SMH, Aleksandar Hemon and Madeline Gleeson Code: 13  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Start the day with Judith Whelan, SMH journalists and festival guests talking news headlines.

Thursday 19 May 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
Free, no bookings
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The Secret Weapons of Investigative Journalists Code: 22  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Publishing Industry

Threats, intimidation and high risk taking are all in a day’s work for a journalist.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Zelda la Grange: Good Morning, Mr Mandela Code: 21  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir, History

The intimate story of Nelson Mandela as told by his private secretary.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Annabel Crabb: Food and Friends Code: 17  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Food, Politics & Current Affairs

Annabel shares her recipes in a delightful new cookbook.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Jane Caro: A Perfectly Imperfect Life  * SOLD OUT * Code: 24  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs

Jane Caro on her life in advertising, her role as a mother and her battles with anxiety.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Sport: The Great Distractor? Code: 19  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Sport, Indigenous, Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs

On the systemic racial and cultural tensions that plague Australian sport today.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 4/5 The Waterfront, End of Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Peter Garrett: Big Blue Sky Code: 30  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs, Music

Peter reveals his personal story from Sydney suburbia to activist and politican.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Climate: Knowledge and Hope Code: 31  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs

On the importance of being informed about science research and climate change policy.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Writers in Danger Code: 29  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Fiction, Asia

On the perils of writing in repressive regimes.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Chris Bowen: The Money Men Code: 35  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

Former treasurer Chris Bowen provides an insider’s perspective on the 12 most notable Treasurers before him.

Thursday 19 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Greg Sheridan: Political Shenanigans Code: 44  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs

Greg shares his life story and experiences growing up with all number of future politicians.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Emma Sky: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq Code: 47  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Military, Politics & Current Affairs, History

Hear Emma Sky’s insight on Iraq after having been chief advisor to the US military.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Marie Darrieussecq: Fiction, Femmes and Charlie Hebdo  * SOLD OUT * Code: 45  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Feminism, Fiction, Politics & Current Affairs

French author Marie Darrieussecq talks about her latest book, Men, and working with Charlie Hedbo.

Thursday 19 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Pier 4/5 The Waterfront, End of Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Matthew Condon: All Fall Down Code: SR11  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs, Crime

All Fall Down is Matthew Condon’s explosive conclusion to The Three Crooked Kings true-crime trilogy.

Thursday 19 May 2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Campbelltown HJ Daley Central Library, Cnr Hurley and Camden Roads, Campbelltown
Free, bookings essential 4645 4444, campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/library
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India: Writers Talk Politics Code: 60  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, Politics & Current Affairs, Asia

Join a lively discussion on pressing social and political issues facing India today.

Thursday 19 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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George Megalogenis: Australia’s Second Chance  * SOLD OUT * Code: 55  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Australian History, Business & Economics

George Megalogenis speaks with Jamila Rizvi about how we maintain our winning streak.

Thursday 19 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Peter Frankopan: The Silk Roads Code: 71  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, History

A new history of the world from the ancient Eastern perspective of the Silk Roads.

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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The Danger of Ideas  * SOLD OUT * Code: 68  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Philosophy

Has political correctness gone too far, or not far enough?

Thursday 19 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Larissa Behrendt: Finding Eliza Code: SR31  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Indigenous, Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs

Larissa Behrendt’s new book unpacks the age-old racial inequity in colonial storytelling.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wetherill Park Library, Stockland Town Centre, Polding St, Wetherill Park
Free, no bookings
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Yeonmi Park: The Young North Korean Defector Changing the World  * SOLD OUT * Code: SR20  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir, Asia

Human rights activist Yeonmi Park comes to UNSW to share her extraordinary story of survival and escape.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW, Library Walk, Gate 11 Botany Street, Kensington
Free, bookings essential arts.unsw.edu.au/swf
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Niki Savva: The Road to Ruin Code: 278  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir

Niki Savva tells the behind-the-scenes story of Abbott and Credlin.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Greg Sheridan: When We Were Young and Foolish Code: SR19  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs

The foreign affairs editor of The Australian reflects on his own formative years with a generation of politicians – before they became household names.

Thursday 19 May 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hurstville Library, Cnr Queens Road and Dora Streets, Hurstville
Free, bookings essential, 9330 6111, www.trybooking.com/188524
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Late Night Salon Code: 83  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Comedy, Business & Economics, Technology

A hilarious and insightful night with some of the most interesting guests of the Festival.

Thursday 19 May 2016 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Pier 2/3 The Hemingway Bar, Pier 2/3 - within Curiosity stage, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Friday 20 May 2016
Coffee and Papers with the SMH, Xu Zhiyuan and Satyajit Das| Code: 84  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, Asia

SMH journalists and festival guests on what’s making headlines today.

Friday 20 May 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
Free, no bookings
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Fixing the System Code: 92  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

How our institutions both support and fail us, and what we can do about it. 

Friday 20 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Ireland: Writers Talk Politics Code: 87  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

Join a lively discussion on pressing social and political issues facing Ireland today.

Friday 20 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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John Cantwell: Leadership in Action Code: 95  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Military, Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics, Biography & Memoir

John Cantwell on how the leadership skills he learned on the frontline apply to everyday life.

Friday 20 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Sri Lanka: This Divided Island Code: 93  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, History, Travel, Asia

On Sri Lanka, a country that is exhausted and disturbed from the ravages of war.

Friday 20 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Yeonmi Park: Escaping North Korea Code: 100  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Asia, Biography & Memoir

Yeonmi recounts her extraordinary escape from the world’s most secretive regime.

Friday 20 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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The Shadow of 1975  * SOLD OUT * Code: 107  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Australian History

On one of the most dramatic years in Australian history.

Friday 20 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Have We Reached Peak Internet? Code: 105  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Technology, Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

On the infinite possibilities of technology in the future.

Friday 20 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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