100 episodes

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 260 Ratings

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

    Richard Fidler & Ramona Koval

    Richard Fidler & Ramona Koval

    Journalist and author Caroline Baum (Only) joins two of Australia’s favourite broadcasters and authors for a whirlwind of a conversation comprising incredible stories, curious characters, robots, alchemy and hyper-optimism. Host of ABC’s Conversations Richard Fidler has turned his love affair with Prague into a personally curated history – The Golden Maze – a work that is both a biography of a city and the stories and people that define it. Former host of ABC Radio National’s TheBook Show Ramona Koval recently embarked on a global quest to better understand the ingenuity, science and tales that make us human in A Letter to Layla. 

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    • 56 min
    Your Favourites’ Favourites: Michelle de Kretser & Andrew Pippos

    Your Favourites’ Favourites: Michelle de Kretser & Andrew Pippos

    Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser (Scary Monsters) speaks with Andrew Pippos about his debut novel Lucky’s – an unforgettable family epic that was shortlisted for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. “In Andrew Pippos’ Lucky’s, the grand story of the Greek diaspora is rendered beautifully intimate,” said Michelle de Kretser. “Pippos writes lively, evocative prose while handling structure and characterisation with flair.” Listen to this conversation that ranges from the local – the Australian Greek literary tradition – to the epic – The Iliad and The Odyssey. And enjoy insights into the craft of writing from two literary sensations along the way. 

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    • 41 min
    The Larrikin Lie

    The Larrikin Lie

    One of the enduring beliefs of Australian identity is the idea that we as a nation embody the larrikin spirit, that we’re easy going, anti-establishment, laissez-faire. But arguably, behind our ‘she’ll be right’ veneer, we’re an anxious, obedient people living in what some believe is the most over-regulated nation of all of the world’s democracies. In this spirited and thought-provoking conversation, David Marr, Joe Williams and Rebecca Huntley separate the shit-stirring from the boot-licking with ABC’s Laura Tingle.

    Please note, this podcast episode contains references to sexual assault and massacres of Indigenous peoples. It also contains explicit language. 

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    • 53 min
    A Bit of Shush

    A Bit of Shush

    “The noise that is most difficult for any of us is the noise that is inside our own heads.” – Stephanie Dowrick

    After years in which many of us were forced to spend more time alone, a panel of writers join Anton Enus for a profound and fascinating reflection on the pitfalls, pleasures and peace of solitude, and its powerful relationship with self-renewal, self-understanding and creativity.

    Christine Jackman’s Turning Down The Noise: The quiet power of silence in a busy world follows her quest to strip out the constant stimuli of modern living. Donna Ward’s She I Dare Not Name: A spinster’s meditations on life is a memoir of living life alone in a world built for couples and families. And three decades on, Stephanie Dowrick’s classic Intimacy and Solitude: Finding new closeness and self-trust in a distanced world is more timely than ever, and has been republished with new reflections on life in the pandemic. 

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    • 57 min
    Radical Black Futures

    Radical Black Futures

    In the words of Sydney Writers’ Festival Guest Curator Nayuka Gorrie, “The future is black, abolitionist and whatever we want it to be.” Lorna Munro, Mali Hermans, Keith Quayle and Estelle Clarke join Nayuka to consider those futures – hopeful, defiant and clear-eyed – and ask how we might radically reimagine black stories.

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    • 54 min
    Malcolm Knox & Michael Robotham

    Malcolm Knox & Michael Robotham

    Prize-winning Australian writers Malcolm Knox and Michael Robotham join Ashley Hay to discuss the riveting new novels that extend their reputations as masters of their crafts. A prolific journalist and author, Malcolm chats about the hilarious and mesmerising Bluebird, which examines nostalgia, gentrification and the Australian dream through the lens of decades of secrets buried in a beachside suburb. One of the country’s finest and bestselling crime writers, Michael talks about the pulse-quickening When She Was Good, which sees the return of forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, embroiled in an explosive murder case with disturbing origins.

    Please note, this discussion includes references to topics such as sexual abuse and torture. 

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

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