The 20th Sydney Writers’ Festival, under new Artistic Director Michaela McGuire runs May 22 – May 28.
Tied together by the theme of REFUGE, it offers 400 events with over 450 writers across greater Sydney. Free events make up approximately 40% of the program.
Artistic Director Michaela McGuire said at the launch of the program, “Across the 2017 Festival, some of the world’s most curious and compassionate, irreverent but respectful, intelligent and argumentative writers will be offering up their brilliant works as temporary respite, and interrogating the forces that compel us to come together and find sanctuary. We hope you ll find refuge in the Festival, with all the other readers, writers, thinkers, seekers, talkers, dreamers, explorers and agitators.”
In the spotlight from abroad are: Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci (early May 2 event), feminist writer Roxane Gay, the writer for our time George Saunders, Pulitzer prize-winning journalists and authors Susan Faludi & Thomas Friedman, novelist Ha Jin, prize-winning author Anne Enright, memoirist Hisham Mitar, crime writer Ian Rankin, stunning debut novelist Brit Bennett, 2016 Booker Prize winner, Paul Beatty, USA National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead, children’s authors Kate DiCamillo, Lauren Child and YA hot shots Mariko Tamaki and Jennifer Niven.
Writers outside books include, Teen Vogue Editor Elaine Welteroth and data analyst Mona Chalabi.
Podcasters from overseas include Slate’s Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner, My Dad Wrote a Porno’s Jamie Morton and The New York Times Book Review’s Pamela Paul.
More than 400 Australian authors from across the country are featured. Highlighted writers include Saroo Brierley, the subject of the recent hit film, ‘Lion’, Liane Moriarty, Jimmy Barnes, Tim Costello, Robert Dessaix, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Clementine Ford, Candice Fox, Nikki Gemmell, Stan Grant, Andy Griffiths, Richard Fidler, Anita Heiss, Tom and Meg Keneally, Hannah Kent, Melina Marchetta, Di Morrissey, A.S. Patric, John Safran, Graeme Simsion, Peter Stefanovic, Tracey Spicer.
In a Festival first, we are dedicating a full day to Young Adult fiction at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres. All Day YA runs Saturday 27 May. On Sunday 28 May, the whole of Walsh Bay’s Pier 4/5 will be converted into a children’s book wonderland for Family Day.
In 2017, the Live & Local Streaming program also brings the Festival experience to 30 community venues across Australia. All states and territories are now involved.
There are 27 Writing Workshops running throughout the duration of the Festival at Science House in the Rocks.
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY APRIL 7.
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