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May - Sydney Writers Festival, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 April 2009 | Views [2194]

One week of Moving Words is the theme to 2009's Sydney Writers Festival.  Photo/Graphic by Saatchi Design.

One week of Moving Words is the theme to 2009's Sydney Writers Festival. Photo/Graphic by Saatchi Design.

Location: Sydney, Australia

Dates: May 18-24, 2009

Level of Participation: 
 3 - shy types can just sit in the back quietly, whilst others will dive in headfirst for workshops or author Q&A's.

Description:  

Join a week of moving words from 18 to 24 May when hundreds of leading international and Australian writers converge on Sydney to take part in Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The 2009 Festival program features a diverse range of over 300 events including talks, panel discussions, debates, readings, workshops and performances - and many are free.

International guests include Nigerian writer and Orange Prize-winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ‘Brick Lane’ author Monica Ali, Pakistan’s Mohammed Hanif, Canadian sensation Andrew Davidson, US writer Philipp Meyer whose novel ‘American Rust’ has drawn comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and Hemingway, one of the truly great writers of this age Kazuo Ishiguro, legendary ‘New Yorker’ music critic Alex Ross and Canada’s Christian Lander of Stuff White People Like fame.

As always, the Festival also boasts a guestlist of more than 300 Australian writers, among them Richard Flanagan, Germaine Greer, Louis Nowra, Sonya Hartnett and Robert Dessaix. The program also features Australian music icons Don Walker and Steven Cummings as well as leading investigative journalists including Paul McGeough, Sally Neighbour, Tony Maniaty and David Marr.

Essentials:  The Festival is made up of a combination of ticketed and free events (first in first served).

Local Attractions:  Umm, it's Sydney.  There's so much to see and do, where do we start?  Try www.sydney.com or NSW Tourism for some inspiration 

More Info: http://www.swf.org.au/ is the official festival site for Program Info .  Join the Facebook group to make some literary friends before you arrive.


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