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Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad creator, writer and showrunner, Vince Gilligan, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the show.


W01 Felicity Castagna: Starting From Place
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W01 Felicity Castagna: Starting From Place
Felicity Castagna teaches you how to create dynamic and engrossing stories by using a sense of place to drive your writing.


W30 Tim Ferguson: The Cheeky Monkey
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W30 Tim Ferguson: The Cheeky Monkey
Tim Ferguson unlocks the secret to comedy writing, offering the insights necessary to improve your writing with a focus on the principles of narrative humour and joke-telling.


W02 CBCA Junior Masterclass: Christopher Cheng
Bring something old from home and let’s write about it. Share your ideas with Christopher Cheng and together you will weave amazing stories. For young writers aged 9-13 years.


W03 Vanessa Berry: Puberty Clues
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W03 Vanessa Berry: Puberty Clues
How do you write a coming-of-age memoir? Vanessa Berry, author of the teenage memoir Ninety9, teaches you how to shape a compelling story from your teenage experiences.


W04 John Purcell: Keeping Sex Real
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W04 John Purcell: Keeping Sex Real
Sex is too important a part of our lives and the lives of our characters to ignore. John Purcell, AKA Natasha Walker, discusses when and how to include sex in your writing.


W05 Neil James: Great Grammar for Writers
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W05 Neil James: Great Grammar for Writers
Do you need better insight into the building blocks of great writing? Neil James reveals how to use traditional grammar to refine your voice and sharpen your style.


W07 CBCA Junior Masterclass: Dianne Bates
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W07 CBCA Junior Masterclass: Dianne Bates
Make your writing sizzle with energy! Dianne Bates shows you how to create fresh and original prose and poetry with memorable characters. For young writers aged 9-13 years.


W06 Claire Scobie and David Roach: The Screenwriter's Toolbox with a Novelist’s
Craft
Over two days, screenwriter David Roach and novelist Claire Scobie give you the tools you need to turn your novel into a blockbuster. You'll learn how to create a believable world, how to write three-dimensional characters and use plot and stucture to reel in your reader.


W08 Kate Forsyth: History, Mystery & Magic
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W08 Kate Forsyth: History, Mystery & Magic
Kate Forsyth shares the secrets of combining different elements from different genres to create ground-breaking, fresh and original novels.


W09 Melanie Tait: Learn Live Storytelling
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W09 Melanie Tait: Learn Live Storytelling
ABC Radio National’s Melanie Tait tells you what makes a good story, how to become a great live storyteller and what will make your story truly memorable.


W10 CBCA Junior Masterclass: Libby Hathorn
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W10 CBCA Junior Masterclass: Libby Hathorn
From Poetry to Story: it's all in the imagination. Libby Hathorn shares her creative secrets to help you discover the creative you. For young writers aged 9-13 years.


Summer Land: Path to Publication
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
Summer Land: Path to Publication
Summer Land teaches you about the editing and publishing process. We’ll cover pitch letters, creating an online presence, author-editor relationships and more.


W11 Kate Forysth: Re-Spinning the Magic of FairyTales
Kate Forsyth, Australia’s queen of fairy tales, teaches you how to weave a magical world of myths and put your own spin on the world’s well-known (and less well-known) fairy tales.


W12 Sulari Gentill: Historical Fiction
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W12 Sulari Gentill: Historical Fiction
Historical novelists weave imaginary plots into actual events. Sulari Gentill explores the techniques involved with bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps.


W13 Steven Lewis: Online Marketing for Writers
You’ve written the book, now it’s time to find an audience. Digital strategist Steven Lewis teaches you how to reach readers via social media and develop an online presence.


W14 Anita Heiss: So You Want to Write a Chick Lit Novel
Anita Heiss teaches you to write a novel that speaks to readers with believable characters and authentic settings. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis. Bring your sense of humour!


W15 David Henley: Big World Plotting
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W15 David Henley: Big World Plotting
David M Henley shows you how to let your characters find your plot for you, how your world affects your characters and how to tie it all together to create a story structure.


003 2014 Opening Address: Andrew Solomon
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
003 2014 Opening Address: Andrew Solomon
Award-winning writer Andrew Solomon begins Sydney Writers' Festival's thinking season with the Opening Address.


W17 Kristina Olsson: Truth, Lies and Memoir
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W17 Kristina Olsson: Truth, Lies and Memoir
Kristina Olsson teaches you to negotiate the minefield of memory when shaping a life on the page and how to serve the truth in memoir.


W18 Mark Lamprell: The Story in You
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W18 Mark Lamprell: The Story in You
Do you have a story based on your own life or real events? Mark Lamprell explores how a good structure will help you bring your story to life.


008 Tim Finn: White Cloud
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
008 Tim Finn: White Cloud
Iconic New Zealand singer/songwriter, member of Crowded House and founding member of Split Enz, Tim Finn, performs White Cloud, a meditative performance about family, identity and home. A richly textured blend of beautifully melodic music and poetically evocative prose.


009 The Life and Times of Alice Walker
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
009 The Life and Times of Alice Walker
Internationally celebrated author and activist Alice Walker, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple is interviewed by Caroline Baum about her recent books and stunning body of work. She is joined onstage by special guest Archie Roach


W19 Tony Birch: The Writer's Notebook
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W19 Tony Birch: The Writer's Notebook
Tony Birch leads a practical writing workshop on gathering observations and recording object responses, showing you how to use these as foundations for your creative work.


020 Wild Things
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
020 Wild Things
Teenagers aged 15 to 19 are Australia's most dangerous people according to new figures. Violence isn’t always found in the most predictable places. Brendan Cowell, Brigid Delaney, Michael Parker and Steve Biddulph discuss with Paola Totaro.


016 Let the Land Speak
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
016 Let the Land Speak
Kathryn Heyman, Malcolm Knox and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding the unique Island of Australia through the nature and history of its land with Jill Eddington.


022 Seidler's Legacy
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
022 Seidler's Legacy
Harry Seidler was a key figure in modern architecture yet few people know his fascinating personal story. Hear his biographer Helen O’Neill, his life partner Penelope Seidler and Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross discuss the architect’s legacy.


014 A Mind of One's Own
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
014 A Mind of One's Own
Dr Philip Nitschke, Dr Ranjana Srivastava and Lynne Segal discuss how the generation now in their 60s and 70s feels about getting old with Rebecca Huntley.


W20 Society of Editors (NSW): Editing Demystified
You've finished your first draft. Now what? An expert editor from the Society of Editors (NSW) demystifies the editing process for you.


115 Sian Prior: Shy
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
115 Sian Prior: Shy
Sian Prior talks to Caroline Baum about her heartbreaking new book Shy: A Memoir. Sian applies her journalistic skills to investigate the intense shyness that has infected her life since childhood.


032 David Malouf: Celebrating 80 Years
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
032 David Malouf: Celebrating 80 Years
In celebration of turning 80, and a lifetime of exquisite writing, David Malouf speaks to Tegan Bennett Daylight about his life and his work, including his new volumes of poems and essays: Earth Hour and A First Place.


033 Colin McDowell: Shopping for Miracles
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
033 Colin McDowell: Shopping for Miracles
Who decides what we wear and why we let them? With humour, gossip and some surprising facts, Colin McDowell plunges you fearlessly in the murky waters of style. Supported by The Woolmark Company.


027 Gabriele d'Annunzio: Poet, Bon Vivant, Warmonger
Lucy Hughes-Hallett speaks to Louise Adler about the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prizewinner The Pike, an extraordinary biography of Gabriele d’Annunzio: poet, bon vivant, infamous lover and warmongering harbinger of Italian fascism.


023 The Collectors: Nicolas Barker with Paul Brunton
Nicolas Barker has been the editor of The Book Collector and was head of conservation at the British Library. He and Paul Brunton OAM discuss print as a driver of discovery, fakes and forgeries and collecting.


042 How Do Novelists Engage with Politics?
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
042 How Do Novelists Engage with Politics?
In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs, to name a few. Supported by Macleay College.


039 What's Happening in Australian Theatre?
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
039 What's Happening in Australian Theatre?
What do audiences want in Australian theatre and what do playwrights want to give them? Hear from David Williamson, Lally Katz and Tom Wright who speak with Michaela Kalowski.


043 Jessica Jackley: Founder of Kiva and Profounder
Entrepreneur Jessica Jackley has pioneered funding and lending platforms as cofounder of Kiva and ProFounder. Focusing on the sharing economy and social justice, she speaks to business commentator, Whitney Fitzsimmons about her experiences.


037 Emma Donoghue: Love and Bloodshed
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
037 Emma Donoghue: Love and Bloodshed
Emma speaks to Suzanne Leal, leading us into a world of love and bloodshed among lowlifes.


W23 Alan Gold & Mike Jones: Narrative Storyworlds
Alan Gold and Mike Jones empower writers with a Storyworld writing process for developing narratives that can be adapted across platforms.


W22 Tim Cope: Travel Writing
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W22 Tim Cope: Travel Writing
Work with award-winning travel writer Tim Cope on turning your journey into more than just a travel tale. Tim teaches you the importance of weaving your own narrative with the people, culture and history you encounter.


053 An Unconventional Faith
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
053 An Unconventional Faith
Reza Aslan, Antony Loewenstein and Jim Al-Khalili talk about faith and believing in something with or without religion with John Cleary presenter of Sunday Nights on ABC Local Radio.


050 Different Perspectives
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
050 Different Perspectives
Seeing the world from different perspectives can be illuminating and transforming – hear Ceridwen Dovey, Chris Flynn and Fiona McFarlane speak with Angela Meyer.


054 Reflections on the Australian Psyche
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
054 Reflections on the Australian Psyche
Gabrielle Carey, Michael Pembroke and David Hunt discuss Australian identity, using the perceptions and attitudes of their subjects, Randolph Stow, Arthur Phillip and various colonial Australians.


048 Janette Turner Hospital: The Claimant
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
048 Janette Turner Hospital: The Claimant
Janette Turner Hospital speaks to Andrew Riemer about the ultimately elusive nature of identity.


047 Eyewitness
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
047 Eyewitness
Foreign correspondents go unarmed into extreme danger to tell their stories. Jeremy Scahill, Yasmine El Rashidi and Zoe Daniel share their tales from the battle zones of Egypt, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and more with Paola Totaro.


063 Dirty Secrets: Uncovered ASIO Files
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
063 Dirty Secrets: Uncovered ASIO Files
Imagine you’ve been spied on for years, then you get a chance to peek into your files. Anne Summers, Michael Kirby and Elizabeth Evatt did just that and wrote about their experiences in Dirty Secrets. They talk with editor Meredith Burgmann.


060 John Baxter: Paris at the End of the World
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
060 John Baxter: Paris at the End of the World
John Baxter speaks to Chris Hanley about Paris's social life during the Great War: the show business, crime, drugs and the sex.


064 Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
064 Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
The documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of the world-renowned writer and human rights activist. After the screening Alice Walker speaks briefly.


058 Alex Miller: Coal Creek
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
058 Alex Miller: Coal Creek
Prize-winning author Alex Miller returns to the Queensland hinterland of his youth in his latest novel, Coal Creek. He speaks with Ashley Hay about this exploration of tragedy and betrayal as well as the beauty of lasting love.


057 Exceptional Television
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
057 Exceptional Television
Are great TV series comparable to the novel? Hear from writers of exceptional contemporary television: Peter Duncan (Rake), Steven McGregor (Redfern NOW) and A. M. Homes (The L Word) as they speak with David Knox.


066 Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
066 Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel is an exquisitely crafted epic of historical intrigue and literary accomplishment. She speaks to Steven Gale about The Luminaries.


070 Sandi Toksvig: My Valentine
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
070 Sandi Toksvig: My Valentine
Sandi Toksvig - comedian, novelist, actor, broadcaster, university chancellor, show-off and international treasure - brings her smash hit, sell-out solo show to Sydney.


W24 John Connolly: Intro to Mystery Fiction
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W24 John Connolly: Intro to Mystery Fiction
John Connolly leads a general workshop for those who are interested in writing mystery fiction. Topics will include an introduction to genre, discussions of character and plotting, as well as advice on the most difficult aspects of writing for any budding author: starting, continuing and finishing!


079 Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master's Son
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
079 Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master's Son
In his epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in North Korea, Adam Johnson portrays a world rife with corruption and cruelty, which is also a story of camaraderie and love. He speaks to Julian Morrow. Supported by The University of Sydney.


076 The Battle for Egypt
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
076 The Battle for Egypt
Egyptian writer Yasmine El Rashidi speaks to Foreign Correspondent’s Sophie McNeill about The Battle for Egypt, a series of eyewitness accounts of the Egyptian revolution as it unfolded.


080 Alex Monroe: A Memoir of Making Things
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
080 Alex Monroe: A Memoir of Making Things
World-renowned jeweller Alex Monroe (Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things) talks with Caroline Baum about growing up and transforming fleeting thoughts into exquisite jewellery.


074 Camilla Lackberg: A Life of Crime
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
074 Camilla Lackberg: A Life of Crime
Camilla Läckberg is the rock star of Nordic Noir, having sold over five million books. She talks to ABC TV’s Jane Hutcheon about her new novel Buried Angels and her life of crime.


W26 Scott Baker & Steve Worland: Thrilling Writing
Steve Worland and Scott Baker show you how to generate story ideas, create exciting characters and structure stories that will make your book un-put-down-able!


W25 Inga Simpson: Setting and Description
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W25 Inga Simpson: Setting and Description
Looking to bring your setting to life and write beautiful sentences? Inga Simpson shows you how to capture place on the page and master the art of fine sensory detail.


089 Betty Churcher Speaks to Ben Quilty
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
089 Betty Churcher Speaks to Ben Quilty
Betty Churcher has been at the centre of the Australian art world for almost 30 years. She speaks to award-winning artist Ben Quilty about her work,Australian Notebooks, and the art at the heart of both of their lives.


090 Turning the Tide
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
090 Turning the Tide
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Henry Reynolds speak to Larissa Behrendt about the Northern Territory intervention, its historical context and the wider implications. Presented with the Faculty of Education & Social Work, the University of Sydney.


084 Following in the Footsteps
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
084 Following in the Footsteps
Paul Livingston, John Baxter and Ian Buruma explore stories from their families and the wider historical picture.


086 Judging Women
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
086 Judging Women
Do we judge books by women differently? Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, 2014 Stella Prize judge Tony Birch and the newly awarded 2014 Stella Prize winner speak with Aviva Tuffield.


096 Eimear McBride: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Winner of the inaugural Goldsmith Prize for ‘creative daring’, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing has been called virtuosic, haunting and utterly compelling. Eimear McBride speaks to Geordie Williamson about her debut novel.


099 Amy Tan: The Valley of Amazement
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
099 Amy Tan: The Valley of Amazement
Amy Tan speaks to ABC Radio National’s Michael Cathcart about her new bestselling novel The Valley of Amazement. As with her classic The Joy Luck Club, it is a deeply moving narrative of love and family secrets.


100 Frank Dikötter: The Tragedy of Liberation
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
100 Frank Dikötter: The Tragedy of Liberation
Frank Dikötter, whose work has changed the way we view modern China, speaks about The Tragedy of Liberation, and the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people. With ABC TV’s Jane Hutcheon.


094 Thomas Keneally: A Life of Books
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
094 Thomas Keneally: A Life of Books
Thomas Keneally is one of Australia’s greatest and most beloved writers. Celebrating 50 years of writing, Peter Pierce speaks to Tom about his extraordinary career.


W27 Derrick Brown: Poetry and Performance
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W27 Derrick Brown: Poetry and Performance
Derrick Brown, the founder of Write Bloody, is one of the world’s best performers of poetry but is also renowned as a writer for the page. Derrick leads a rare three-hour workshop on how to make your work sing in both forms.


106 Mind the Body
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
106 Mind the Body
Don't know your Chandler from your Crumley, your Hammett from your Highsmith? John Connolly, crime novelist and co-editor of Books To Die For, discloses the joys and sorrows of the modern mystery.


109 Malcolm Fraser: Dangerous Allies
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
109 Malcolm Fraser: Dangerous Allies
Malcolm Fraser speaks to Laura Tingle about his new book Dangerous Allies, looking at whether Australia should move away from its US-dependent foreign policy and take a more independent stance.


110 Leunig: Holy Fool
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
110 Leunig: Holy Fool
Michael Leunig talks about his life creating art and new book Holy Fool, a collection of his work from drawings and paintings to prints and sculpture, brought together for the first time. With Paola Totaro.


118 The Madonna-Whore and Other Fictions
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
118 The Madonna-Whore and Other Fictions
Tara Moss, Nakkiah Lui, Emma Donoghue and Kate Ceberano have been branded with various labels throughout their lives. They share their experiences and tackle old fictions one woman at a time with Tracey Spicer.


029 Sheila Chisholm, Australian Ingenue
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
029 Sheila Chisholm, Australian Ingenue
Robert Wainwright shares his spellbinding account of Sheila Chisholm, an Australian who was friends with the likes of Nancy Mitford, and won the hearts of men such as the future George VI. Chair: David Francis.


104 Richard Flanagan: Love and War
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
104 Richard Flanagan: Love and War
Richard Flanagan’s powerful elegy for lost love and depiction of life on the Thai–Burma railway is a masterpiece of our time. He speaks to Steven Gale about The Narrow Road to the Deep North.


119 The Big Read
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
119 The Big Read
An afternoon of enthralling readings with Adam Johnson, Eimear McBride, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Alex Miller and Lian Hearn, hosted by Annette Shun Wah. With the presentation of The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist awards for 2014.


113 An Iranian talking to an Israeli: Reza Aslan with Ari Shavit
Iranian–American Reza Aslan and Israeli Ari Shavit discuss their relationship to their homelands and the larger political dynamic between Israel and Iran.


123 What's Normal Anyway?
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
123 What's Normal Anyway?
A.M. Homes, Robert Hoge and Jo Case along with Andrew Solomon discuss dealing with disabilities, being misguided or judged and finding compassion, forgiveness and joy.


125 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship
Join STC’s Artistic Director Andrew Upton as he announces the winners of the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship. Sydney Theatre Company artists will also present a reading of the award-winning play.


126 Humour and Debauchery with a Few Manners in Between
Annabel Crabb interviews Gary Shteyngart, Sandi Toksvig OBE and Irvine Welsh.


W29 Electric Literature Masterclass
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W29 Electric Literature Masterclass
Connor Tomas O’Brien, Director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, explores writing digital literature to show you how best to launch your work into a brave new world of words.


W28 Angela Meyer: Flash Fiction
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W28 Angela Meyer: Flash Fiction
Angela Meyer provides an introduction to flash fiction, encouraging you to delight in brevity. Experiment with notions of character, conflict and resolution, and evoke place and mood, in few words.


135 Australia and the World
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
135 Australia and the World
When it comes to foreign policy, is it time for Australia to loosen its ties with the US and UK? Malcolm Fraser and Bob Carr share their thoughts with Lenore Taylor.


132 A Coloured History
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
132 A Coloured History
Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu, and Henry Reynolds, author of the award-winning Forgotten War, talk to Lydia Miller about Australia’s hidden past.


136 Collette Dinnigan: Obsessive Creative
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
136 Collette Dinnigan: Obsessive Creative
Collette Dinnigan is one of Australia's most internationally recognised designers. More than two decades after she started, this obsessive creative is scaling down to focus on family. She talks with legendary fashion writer Colin McDowell about her career.


130 The Joy of Art
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
130 The Joy of Art
Philosophical art historian John Armstrong, art aficionado Betty Churcher and jeweller Alex Monroe discuss the pleasures and benefits of art with Rachel Kent.


129 Toxin Toxout
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
129 Toxin Toxout
Two of the world’s leading environmentalists, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, give practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and homes.


144 Reza Aslan: Zealot
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
144 Reza Aslan: Zealot
Acclaimed writer and scholar Reza Aslan’s new book Zealot hit The New York Times #1 bestseller list after an interview with him went viral. He speaks to Steven Gale about this provocative biography which challenges assumptions about Jesus.


141 Science of Science Fiction
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
141 Science of Science Fiction
Science is the basis for science fiction, but how has fiction influenced science? Join Jim Al-Khalili, Scott Baker and David M Henley with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.


145 Seven Sisters
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
145 Seven Sisters
Share a unique journey of Australian Aboriginal poetry and spoken word, with seven multi-talented Aboriginal women each performing for seven minutes. A performance focused on healing and strength, with a dash of comedy.


139 Christos Tsiolkas speaks to David Marr
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
139 Christos Tsiolkas speaks to David Marr
The new novel Barracuda, from Christos, author of The Slap, takes an unflinching look at modern Australia and asks what it takes to become a good person. He talks to David Marr.


138 True Crimes
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
138 True Crimes
Hear about two very different true crime cases: John Safran examines the murder of a white supremacist and Michaela McGuire investigates the death of a patron at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Chair: Sian Prior.


153 The Art of Indignation
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
153 The Art of Indignation
Taking offence is a new form of political currency, with indignation being whipped up in place of rational debate. Michael Leunig, Tim Wilson, Richard King and Neil James speak with Peter FitzSimons on the importance of argument in society.


150 Arab Autumn
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
150 Arab Autumn
In the three years since the Arab Spring, the old regimes may have passed, but what has taken their place? Yasmine El Rashidi, Karima Bennoune and Lucia Sorbera talk to David Hardaker.


154 Prisoner X: Rafael Epstein
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
154 Prisoner X: Rafael Epstein
Ben Zygier was found dead in an Israeli cell. Was he a whistleblower, a double agent or just out of his depth? Rafael Epstein speaks with ABC Radio’s Eleanor Hall to shed light on the story.


148 Gary Shteyngart: From Russia with Love
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
148 Gary Shteyngart: From Russia with Love
Little Failure is Gary Shteyngart’s candid, witty memoir – from his birth in Leningrad to his immigration to America. He speaks to Michael Williams about this epic story of family and belonging.


147 Animated Stories
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
147 Animated Stories
The Animal Logic team and Justin Monjo discuss their roles in creating some of the world’s greatest animation and visual effects films and television series including The LEGO® Movie, Happy Feet and The Great Gatsby.


W31 Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor: Short Stories
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
W31 Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor: Short Stories
An interactive, intensive, practice-based leap into the art of short story writing with Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.


Sam Cooney: Getting Published
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
Sam Cooney: Getting Published
Sam Cooney gives you the skills necessary to pitch, negotiate terms, edit and get published in a literary magazine.


162 Ari Shavit: My Promised Land
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
162 Ari Shavit: My Promised Land
My Promised Land tells the story of Israel as it has never been told before. Ari Shavit speaks with David Leser about his work and writing as one of Israel’s leading political thinkers.


159 A Quirky History of Australia
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
159 A Quirky History of Australia
You can learn a lot about a country from its pastimes and the people who have fallen between the cracks of history. David Hunt, Bob McTavish and Bill Garner discuss with 702 ABC Sydney’s Dominic Knight.


157 Literary Friendships: Robert Dessaix & Michelle de Kretser
Michelle de Kretser and Robert Dessaix have a strong friendship that began 10 years ago in Tasmania. Join them as they range freely across many topics from the nature of friendship to what makes a good book.


156 New Worlds: Digital Storytelling
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
156 New Worlds: Digital Storytelling
The digital revolution has enriched the possibilities of writing. Cornelia Funke, Kavita Bedford, Connor Tomas O’Brien and Inua Ellams share their forays into the digital world with Neil James.


170 The Art of War
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
170 The Art of War
Art often presents an idea of war at odds with the official version of a nation. Ben Quilty, Tom Wright and Richard Flanagan discuss the way they explore different truths of war. With RN’s Fenella Kernebone.


167 Exceptional Lives
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
167 Exceptional Lives
Robert Wainwright, Hamish McDonald and Lucy Hughes-Hallett speak with Lucinda Holdforth about some of the most interesting unsung characters across the ages. Featuring Cleopatra, Gabriele d’Annunzio, Sheila Chisholm and Charles Bavier.


171 Jeremy Scahill: Dirty Wars
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
171 Jeremy Scahill: Dirty Wars
Award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us inside America’s new battleground and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. Jeremy talks to Mark Davis. Stay on to watch a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Dirty Wars.


165 Kate Ceberano
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
165 Kate Ceberano
Acclaimed chanteuse Kate Ceberano is an accomplished singer, songwriter and now author with her memoir, I’m Talking. Hear about Kate’s incredible journey as she speaks with Caroline Baum.


175 A.M. Homes: May We Be Forgiven
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
175 A.M. Homes: May We Be Forgiven
Celebrated writer A.M. Homes speaks with Susan Wyndham about May We Be Forgiven, winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction. The novel is a breathtaking satire of modern American life that begins at full speed and never lets up.


177 5 X 15
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
177 5 X 15
Five speakers, 15 minutes each: Emma Donoghue pursues women in pants; Inua Ellams splits up in style; Colin McDowell explains why we’re all fashionistas now; Anna Bligh reflects on the solace of food; and Wesley Enoch talks inheritance.


186 Strangers in a Strange Land
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
186 Strangers in a Strange Land
Gary Shteyngart, Amy Tan and Benjamin Law share stories – sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always well-meaning – of growing up with immigrant parents in a western country.


183 On Craft: Paradox and Change
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
183 On Craft: Paradox and Change
Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton unpacks plotted paradoxes to investigate how change happens in fiction, whether as a change of state, a change of mind or a change of heart.


181 Ian Buruma: Year Zero
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
181 Ian Buruma: Year Zero
In 1945, a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II. Ian Buruma’s Year Zero is a landmark work reckoning with the drama that ensued as one world ended and a new uncertain one began. He talks to ABC Radio National’s Kate Evans.


199 Fear & Loathing in a First Draft
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
199 Fear & Loathing in a First Draft
“The first draft of anything is shit”, said Hemingway. First-draft terror is familiar to many writers. Join Alison Manning and Charlotte Wood as they tell Caroline Baum about the psychology of facing down the first draft.


202 The Land of the Fair Go or No Go: Has Australia Lost its Soul?
Is Australia open or closed? What does this say about us and the stories we tell? Richard Flanagan, Tom Keneally and Michael Leunig talk about the myth and reality of Australia with ABC Radio National’s Geraldine Doogue.


197 Enemy of the State: Jan Jin-sung
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
197 Enemy of the State: Jan Jin-sung
Jang Jin-sung offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of North Korea, one of the harshest dictatorships in the world. In discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson.


210 What Makes Us Human?
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
210 What Makes Us Human?
What are we? Who are we? Thomas Suddendorf (The Gap) and Lawrence Hill (Blood), examine the science of what separates us from animals and how blood unites and divides us.


213 Irvine Welsh: The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins
Since the infamous Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh has become a cult figure. Now over 20 years on, he speaks about his latest novel The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins with Angus Fontaine.


214 SWF Shorts: The Garner Grip
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
214 SWF Shorts: The Garner Grip
In celebration of Helen Garner’s remarkable writing, hear diverse readings from her fiction, short stories and nonfiction by some of Sydney’s best actors, directed by Sydney Theatre Company’s Sarah Goodes.


208 Andrew Solomon
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
208 Andrew Solomon
After The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon returns with Far From the Tree, to tell the stories of parents whose children are very different from themselves. Andrew speaks with Michael Williams about his body of work.


225 Sarah Blasko and Brendan Cowell: On writing, music, and everything in between
It's not every day you hear two peers interview each other. Consummate artist and performer Sarah Blasko and polymath Brendan Cowell dig deep into each other’s writing methods, greatest fears and creative inspirations.


221 Speaking Out
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
221 Speaking Out
From a Ukrainian red light district to the seething streets of Nairobi, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ali Alizadeh and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor allow their readers to meet characters that rarely get a voice. Chair: ABC Radio National’s Kate Evans.


219 Unauthorised Biography
2014 Sydney Writers Festival
219 Unauthorised Biography
In biography, how important is approval? Helen O’Neill gets the scoop from biographers David Marr, Paul Barry and Andrew Burrell.


227 Closing Address: Giving Readers What They (Don't Know They) Want
For the Closing Address, Emma Donoghue speaks of the transformative powers of literature: the way it invites, provokes, charms, challenges and troubles readers. She shows how writers help change the world, one reader at a time.


THE TEN TENORS ON BROADWAY
2014 Sydney Theatre Hires
THE TEN TENORS ON BROADWAY
Following a four month tour of the US, The TEN Tenors are back on home-soil with a brand new Broadway show


LOUDER THAN WORDS
2014 Sydney Theatre Hires
LOUDER THAN WORDS
From Sydney Dance Company comes two surprising new works, presenting dance that, with force, intensity and grace, speak with a power that transcends language.


Potted Potter
2014 Sydney Theatre Hires
Potted Potter
This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!


NEW BREED
2014 Sydney Theatre Hires
NEW BREED
2014 marks the beginning of a new partnership with Carriageworks, to present New Breed - new works by Australia’s most innovative emerging choreographers.