Events 

Claire G Coleman at Sydney Writers Festival in Literary Death Match

Making its Sydney debut, Literary Death Match – named “the greatest reading series ever” by the LA Times and featured in 64 cities around the world – brings together four authors to read for five minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. They take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary in the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles. The judges then select their favourites to advance to the finals where they compete in a vaguely literary slapstick showdown to determine who will take home the Literary Death Match crown. Hosted by Literary Death Match creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 23
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 6:00 pm AEDT

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Yumna Kassab at Sydney Writers Festival in On the Brink

As climate catastrophe engulfs us, what role can fiction play in reflecting, critiquing and reconceiving how we interact with the natural world? Three writers whose recent work engages with environmental themes discuss what tools and opportunities the writing of ‘eco-fiction’ offers a planet in crisis

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 23
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 6:00 pm AEDT

Sophie Cunningham at SWF, Seeing Ourselves in Trees: Eucalypts in Literature

The eucalypt has played an important, complex and at times contentious role in shaping the identity and imaginary of so-called Australia. Ongoing shifts in the role and meaning of the eucalypt come through in the research and writing of Sophie Cunningham, Ashley Hay, Jazz Money and Tony Birch. Join these writers for readings and a conversation in parallel with the current Powerhouse exhibition Eucalyptusdom, which reckons with our cultural history and ever-changing relationship with the gum tree.

Where

Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street
Ultimo


When

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 6:00 pm AEDT

Yumna Kassab at Sydney Writers Festival, The Joys of Re-reading

The eucalypt has played an important, complex and at times contentious role in shaping the identity and imaginary of so-called Australia. Ongoing shifts in the role and meaning of the eucalypt come through in the research and writing of Sophie Cunningham, Ashley Hay, Jazz Money and Tony Birch. Join these writers for readings and a conversation in parallel with the current Powerhouse exhibition Eucalyptusdom, which reckons with our cultural history and ever-changing relationship with the gum tree.

 

Where

Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street
Ultimo


When

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 6:00 pm AEDT

Shaimaa Khalil at Sydney Writers Festival, Our Brillant Friends

With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world can be challenged, transformed and vastly enriched. Yet the role of friendship is rarely examined or celebrated in the same way as our romantic and familial ties.

 

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 21
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 2:00pm AEDT

Sulari Gentill at SWF, Present Danger

With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world can be challenged, transformed and vastly enriched. Yet the role of friendship is rarely examined or celebrated in the same way as our romantic and familial ties.

 

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 21
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 2:00 pm AEDT

Shaimaa Khalil at Sydney Writers Festival, World News: The State of International Media

 

As international borders closed during the pandemic, many media headlines focused on national news about virus and vaccine management, with only some major international events breaking through the daily pandemic statistics. But in the intervening months geopolitical ruptures, war in Ukraine, ongoing climate crises and more have highlighted the tension between the local and the global.

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 25
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Friday, May 20, 2022, 12:00 pm AEDT

Michelle Cahill and Yumna Kassab at Sydney Writers Festival 

 

Acclaimed authors Michelle Cahill and Yumna Kassab come together to discuss their new novels that recentre the stories of people on the peripheries. Michelle’s Daisy and Woolf meditates on art, race and class in a postcolonial world through an exploration of Daisy Simmons’ story – a peripheral character never given a voice in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Yumna’s Australiana examines the realities of regional life in this country, highlighting the people and places on the outskirts whose worlds have become mythologised in some broader perception of national identity. They speak with Felicity Castagna.

Where

Carriageworks, Track 8
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Friday, May 20, 2022, 2:00 pm AEDT

Claire G. Coleman & Eda Gunaydin at Sydney Writers Festival 

 

Claire G. Coleman and Eda Gunaydin’s latest works of non-fiction draw from lived experience to deliver stark political truths. Claire’s Lies, Damned Lies is a deeply personal exploration of the ongoing trauma of Australia’s violent colonisation, praised as “a vital text that is both unflinching and full of hope” (The Big Issue). Eda’s Root and Branch contributes to a body of work by writers such as Alice Pung and Antigone Kefala in examining the legacies of migration, displacement and diaspora. They speak with Declan Fry about their books and contemporary non-fiction writing.

Where

Carriageworks, Track 8
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Friday, May 20, 2022, 2:00 pm AEDT

Claire G. Coleman On Decolonising the Literary Canon at Sydney Writers Festival 

 

Claire G. Coleman and Eda Gunaydin’s latest works of non-fiction draw from lived experience to deliver stark political truths. Claire’s Lies, Damned Lies is a deeply personal exploration of the ongoing trauma of Australia’s violent colonisation, praised as “a vital text that is both unflinching and full of hope” (The Big Issue). Eda’s Root and Branch contributes to a body of work by writers such as Alice Pung and Antigone Kefala in examining the legacies of migration, displacement and diaspora. They speak with Declan Fry about their books and contemporary non-fiction writing.

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 23
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 3:15 pm AEDT

Aofie Clifford at Sydney Writers Festival, Small Town, Big Secrets

 

What is it about small country towns that make them the perfect setting for gripping crime fiction? Tightly held family secrets, local communities living in cloistered xenophobia and an ominous sense of isolation make it seem that almost all regional Australian towns must have decades-old mysteries waiting to be uncovered. Three exceptional crime writers, Garry Disher (The Way It Is Now), Aoife Clifford (When We Fall) and Hayley Scrivenor (Dirt Town), sit down with ABC Radio National’s Kate Evans to discuss the small-town settings of their new novels.

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 25
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 2:00 pm AEDT 

Kylie Moore-Gilbert and Louisa Lim at Sydney Writers Festival

 

Authors of two of the year’s most anticipated non-fiction releases, Louisa Lim and Kylie Moore-Gilbert share the stage to discuss the complexities of power, persecution and freedom. Louisa’s Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong is a deeply researched and personal account of Hong Kong, its people and the untold history they are claiming. Kylie’s The Uncaged Sky: My 804 days in an Iranian prison is the gripping account of her extraordinary fight to survive imprisonment in Iran. They speak with Ann Mossop.

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 25
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 2:00 pm AEDT

 Diana Reid and Allee Richards at Sydney Writers Festival

 

From two of the country’s most exciting new literary talents, the debut novels by Diana Reid (Love & Virtue) and Allee Richards (Small Joys of Real Life) capture the thrilling and tumultuous experiences of young adulthood. Diana offers a strikingly contemporary and incisive take on issues of consent, class and privilege through the eyes of university students. Allee charts the experiences of twenty-somethings navigating friendship, desire and loss. They share the stage to speak with Spectrum editor, Melanie Kembrey.

Where

Carriageworks, Bay 20
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh


When

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 12:00 pm AEDT