For one week from April 30 to May 6, the Sydney Writer's Festival will take over the city with its annual celebration of all things literary. This year, the festival spreads its reach to all corners of Sydney, with the main festival hub at Carriageworks, and other major events being held at the Seymour Centre, Town Hall, the City Recital Hall, the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Parramatta Riverside Theatres, and Chatswood Concourse.
As usual, the festival features a huge range of local and international star writers and public figures, from novelists, to screenwriters, to musicians, journalists, and many more. With previous festivals enticing more than 100,000 bookworms, cinephiles and the like; this “week-long conversation of books and ideas” is sure to be as riveting as ever.
The theme of SWF 2018 is “power” - and as evident in the full program schedule, we’ll be seeing plenty of discussions around that, from a multitude of perspectives representing all walks of life. We scrolled through the schedule of the week to give you our top recommendations for the most unmissable events.
On Tuesday, May 1, from 6.30pm, the opening address will take place in the shape of a panel at Carriageworks. Featuring acclaimed authors André Aciman (Call Me by Your Name), Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), and Alexis Okeowo (A Moonless, Starless Sky), the panel will delve deep into the festival’s theme of power. The authors will explore its relationship with politics, money, sex, and identity; and the potential for writing to fight power imbalances in the modern world.
At 8.30pm on May 4th, head to Town Hall for SWF Gala: Power, a panel further discussing the role of power today, and how it can be harnessed to pull forward a “backwards-lurching culture”. Featuring the likes of Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek; author Tayari Jones; New York Times critic Wesley Morri; founder of Tech LadyMafia Aminatou Sow; journalist Masha Gessen; and LGBTQI activist Sally Rugg, its sure to be another highlight of the week.
The following day - May 5 - return to Town Hall for a powerhouse panel featuring New York Times writer Jenna Wortham, reporter Tracey Spicer, and Washington Post writer Irin Carmon. This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement will focus on the #MeToo movement which has swept the world, offering their perspectives as journalists.
Other highlights include the selections from this year’s guest curators. Writer and lawyer Sarah Krasnostein’s series of events will explore “a taxonomy of resilience, looking at strategies for naming injustice and speaking truth to power”. Australian novelist Charlotte Wood’s three events discuss the notion of using laughter to “tell uncomfortable truths”. Finally, Professor Marcia Langton AM’s curated events will examine “rituals, taboos, and the Indigenous rules of engagement”.
Be sure to book your tickets ASAP to ensure you don’t miss out on the musings of some of the world’s greatest minds! Visit the SWF website for more details here: https://www.swf.org.au/