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Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas. Bringing together the world's best authors, leading public intellectuals, scientists, journalists and more.

Sydney Writers' Festival Sydney Writers' Festival

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Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas. Bringing together the world's best authors, leading public intellectuals, scientists, journalists and more.

    Long-Form Journalism in Australia

    Long-Form Journalism in Australia

    As part of the Stories Worth Telling series, two of Australia’s most beloved and acclaimed magazine writers, The Australian’s Trent Dalton and Good Weekend’s Jane Cadzow, join editor Katrina Strickland to discuss the history and continued relevance of the form. Trent and Jane open up about how they research, prepare for and write long-form profiles, how they handle tricky interview subjects, and share how their craft has evolved over the course of their long careers. 

    Stories Worth Telling is a series created by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and Sydney Writers’ Festival.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bart van Es: The Cut Out Girl

    Bart van Es: The Cut Out Girl

    Winner of the 2018 Costa Book of the Year Award, The Cut Out Girl is the extraordinary true story of Lien de Jong, a young Jewish girl who became one of Holland’s hidden children of World War II.

    While her parents were being sent to Auschwitz, Lien was being taken in by a foster family part of the Dutch resistance meant to keep children safe. But after the war, her relationship with the family abruptly ended. Decades later, Bart van Es, the grandson of the couple that took Lien in, wondered: what happened to the young girl his grandparents hid from Nazis? His investigation would change both Bart’s life and Lien’s – and bring to light a dark truth about Holland’s past.

    A moving account of resilience, The Cut Out Girl also explores how Holland, once a place of refuge for Jewish people, became a world of betrayal. A higher proportion of Jewish people in Holland died under Nazi occupation than those in Germany.

    Bart joins ABC Radio’s Sarah Kanowski to discuss this extraordinary story of war-time survival and how saviours can also scar.

    • 51 min
    The Art of the Story

    The Art of the Story

    In the digital era where "snackable" content reigns supreme, some stories still require time and space. As part of the Stories Worth Telling series, join long-time contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic George Packer and award-winning author Don Watson for a wide-ranging conversation on the current state of long-form journalism. Covering everything from the history of the art form to its role in contemporary journalism, two of the form’s leading exponents discuss the power and the possibilities of deeply reported journalism. Stories Worth Telling is a series created by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and Sydney Writers’ Festival.

    • 48 min
    Sophie McNeill: We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

    Sophie McNeill: We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

    For more than 15 years, Walkley Award–winning journalist Sophie McNeill has reported on some of the most war-ravaged and oppressive places on earth, including Syria, Gaza and Iraq. Her memoir, We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know tells the human stories behind the headlines – from Saudi women seeking asylum to imprisoned Uyghurs and Hong Kong protesters – and reflects more broadly on what happens when evidence and facts become debatable, and why disinformation and impunity now reign supreme. Australia Director at Human Rights Watch Elaine Pearson joins Sophie in conversation.

     

    • 49 min
    Tanya Talaga: All Our Relations

    Tanya Talaga: All Our Relations

    From Canada and Brazil to Norway and Australia, the Indigenous experience in colonised nations holds startling – and deeply disturbing – similarities. The bestselling and award-winning All Our Relations: Indigenous trauma in the shadow of colonialism, by Anishinaabe and Polish Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga, skilfully folds together reportage and storytelling. In doing so, it shines a light on how racism and intergenerational trauma have produced a global crisis underscored by alarmingly high youth suicide rates. As part of the Stories Worth Telling series, Tanya speaks with Kamilaroi woman and Sydney Morning Herald Indigenous affairs reporter Ella Archibald-Binge about her powerful call for action, justice and a more equitable world for Indigenous peoples.

    Stories Worth Telling is a series created by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and Sydney Writers’ Festival.

    • 31 min
    Remembering Christchurch

    Remembering Christchurch

    On Friday 15 March 2019, an Australian-born white supremacist entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and massacred 51 Muslims peacefully conducting their sacred Friday prayers. One year after the Christchurch attacks, Muslim writers in Australia and around the world have confronted such heinous crimes with the most powerful tool at their disposal: the pen. In this urgent public dialogue, some of our greatest writers discuss the role that literature plays in defeating the rise of white supremacy, Islamophobia and xenophobia within modern western societies. Journalist and editor of the 7am podcast Osman Faruqi speaks with New Zealand Greens MP and author of Know Your Place Golriz Ghahraman, journalist and author of the critically acclaimed book White Tears/Brown Scars Ruby Hamad, award-winning author of The Tribe and The Lebs Michael Mohammed Ahmad, and writer and Sweatshop Women contributor Naima Ibrahim. 

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