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Sydney Writers' Festival Sydney Writers' Festival

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    • 4.2 • 288 Ratings

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    Straight-up Islander

    Straight-up Islander

    Published by SBS Voices and Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, ‘Straight-up Islander’ is Australia’s first online collection from writers with specific ancestral ties to the many islands and oceanways that make up the South Pacific Ocean. As Australia’s closest neighbours, we have a long and complicated history together: from the brunt of brownface humour to slavery and colonialism. Join the collection’s editor, Winnie Dunn, in this urgent and critical dialogue with Professor Jioji Ravulo, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Kaiya Aboagye and Christine Afoa, all writers who represent Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Erub Island and Kuku Yalanji lands and oceanways.Presented with SBS Voices and Sweatshop.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    BLACKLIGHT: A First Nations Dialogue

    BLACKLIGHT: A First Nations Dialogue

    In this special event, Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement celebrates the release of BLACKLIGHT, an anthology showcasing 10 years of First Nations storytelling from Western Sydney and beyond. Join a panel of First Nations writers as they delve deep into the art, history and soul of Black and Brown literature in Australia. Featuring Travis De Vries, Ali Murphy-Oates and Steven Ross in conversation with Sweatshop General Manager, Winnie Dunn.

    Presented in partnership with Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.

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    The Unacknowledged Legislators

    The Unacknowledged Legislators

    “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” Percy Bysshe Shelley once mused. His famous epithet resonates today as readers turn to a new generation of poets who are bringing rhyme and reason to bear on thorny ideas and urgent emotions in uncertain times. In this special event, the poets behind some of 2022's most thought-provoking and stirring works read and perform from their works. Featuring Eunice Andrada (TAKE CARE), Tony Birch (Whisper Songs), Maxine Beneba Clarke (How Decent Folk Behave), Madison Godfrey, Sarah Holland-Batt (The Jaguar and Fishing for Lightning), Jazz Money (how to make a basket), Omar Musa (Killernova) and Sara M. Saleh, with host Declan Fry.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Michael Mohammed Ahmad & Mehreen Faruqi

    Michael Mohammed Ahmad & Mehreen Faruqi

    “10 September 1996: Pauline Hanson delivered her maiden speech, and I lost all faith in Australian politics. 20 August 2018: Mehreen Faruqi was sworn in as the first Muslim Senator to join the Upper House, and my faith was finally restored." – Michael Mohammed AhmadMiles Franklin–shortlisted author Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Other Half of You) speaks with Mehreen Faruqi about Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, her no-holds-barred debut memoir.

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    • 55 min
    Antoinette Lattouf & Amy Remeikis

    Antoinette Lattouf & Amy Remeikis

    The new books from acclaimed journalists Antoinette Lattouf (How to Lose Friends and Influence White People) and Amy Remeikis (On Reckoning) each draw on their personal and professional insights into challenging structural power. They come together to discuss their work: Antoinette on how to make a difference when championing change and racial equality with witty yet confronting analysis of how to prepare for the popularity contest you’ll lose; and Amy on her investigation into the fallout of allegations of sexual assault in Parliament, and the power and potential of anger and non-conformity in the face of injustice. They are joined in conversation with Ellen Fanning.

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    • 54 min
    Delia Falconer & Indira Naidoo

    Delia Falconer & Indira Naidoo

    The newest works of non-fiction by Australian writers Delia Falconer and Indira Naidoo offer deeply personal and profound meditations on our relationship with the natural world. Delia’s Signs and Wonders explores how it feels to live as a reader, writer, mother and lover of nature in an era of extreme ecological change. Indira’s The Space Between the Stars is the poignant story of awakening to the power of nature in the wake of her sister’s passing. They appear in conversation with Suzanne Leal.

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
288 Ratings

288 Ratings

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Outstanding podcast

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Excellent Podcast- Five Star Rating

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Applause

Simply the SWF is totally up there with the best in the satisfaction of humane intelligence. Never heard one, and to be truthful I haven't heard loads, that I didn't want to applaud.

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