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. Subscribe to our channel for new releases.

Sydney Writers' Festival Sydney Writers' Festival

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 314 Ratings

Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas. Bringing together the world's best authors, leading public intellectuals, scientists, journalists and more. Subscribe to our channel for new releases.

    2024 Program Announcement: Annabel Crabb and Ann Mossop

    2024 Program Announcement: Annabel Crabb and Ann Mossop

    Join Annabel Crabb and Artistic Director Ann Mossop as they discuss the 2024 Sydney Writers’ Festival program.

    The pair talk about the 2024 Festival theme, Take Me Away, and how books let us escape into different worlds, live other lives and travel in time and space. 

    The 2024 Sydney Writers' Festival is out now. Head to our website to explore the program: https://www.swf.org.au/

    Tickets on sale Saturday 9 March at 10am. 

    Thank you to 2SER for facilitating the recording of this podcast
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Daniel Lavery: Dear Prudence and more

    Daniel Lavery: Dear Prudence and more

    [Content warning: Child sexual abuse]

    Join internet darling Daniel Lavery as he lifts the lid on his writing life and Dear Prudence, a collection of the weirdest and wildest questions received during his tenure as Slate’s agony aunt. Filled with his always sympathetic, thoughtful and good-humoured advice, it offers a good dose of sense and compassion in an increasingly wonky world. Daniel reveals the secrets to dispensing wise counsel and talks about his broader career as the co-founder of legendary website The Toast and a New York Times–bestselling author. In conversation with Mon Schafter.

    This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  

    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and follow our channel. 

    Sydney Writers’ Festival podcasts are available on all major podcast platforms. 

    After more? Follow Sydney Writers’ Festival on social media:Instagram: @sydwritersfestFacebook: @SydWritersFestX (Twitter): @SydWritersFestTikTok: @sydwritersfest
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 57 min
    Tabitha Carvan on Finding Your Passion (For Benedict Cumberbatch)

    Tabitha Carvan on Finding Your Passion (For Benedict Cumberbatch)

    The Curiosity Lecture series returns to the Festival with a line-up of our most thought-provoking speakers delivering one-time talks on topics of intrigue, interest and importance. In this entertaining talk, author Tabitha Carvan shares the story of how falling for Benedict Cumberbatch while stuck at home with two young children became an unlikely catalyst for self-discovery. She casts light on what becomes of women’s passions in adulthood and what happens if you subvert the narrative and simply love something like you used to.

    Supported by UNSW Sydney.

    This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  

    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and follow our channel. 

    Sydney Writers’ Festival podcasts are available on all major podcast platforms. 

    After more? Follow Sydney Writers’ Festival on social media:Instagram: @sydwritersfestFacebook: @SydWritersFestX (Twitter): @SydWritersFestTikTok: @sydwritersfest
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Real Selves

    Real Selves

    [Content warning: Sexual assault and paedophilia]

    Women and girls have long been pressured to conform to written and unwritten rules about how to think, act, look and feel. But a new generation of writers and activists are breaking down barriers to allow women and girls to show their real selves.  Hear from Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American filmmaker and Gigorou author Sasha Kutabah Sarago and activist for sexual assault survivors and The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner author Grace Tame in conversation with disability and women’s rights advocate Hannah Diviney about their pathbreaking work.

    This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  

    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and follow our channel. 

    Sydney Writers’ Festival podcasts are available on all major podcast platforms. 

    After more? Follow Sydney Writers’ Festival on social media:Instagram: @sydwritersfestFacebook: @SydWritersFestX (Twitter): @SydWritersFestTikTok: @sydwritersfest
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 53 min
    Andrey Kurkov: Diary of an Invasion

    Andrey Kurkov: Diary of an Invasion

    Celebrated Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov has been one of the most important voices throughout the Russian invasion of his adopted homeland, releasing frequent dispatches from Kyiv and the remote countryside. See him in conversation about Diary of an Invasion, his searing on-the-ground account of the human toll of the war, the interrelated history between the nations, and how language itself has become a battleground in the conflict. Andrey speaks live via video with on-stage interviewer Matt Bevan.

    Supported by ARA.

    This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  

    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and follow our channel. 

    Sydney Writers’ Festival podcasts are available on all major podcast platforms. 

    After more? Follow Sydney Writers’ Festival on social media:Instagram: @sydwritersfestFacebook: @SydWritersFestX (Twitter): @SydWritersFestTikTok: @sydwritersfest
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 56 min
    The Arc of Racism in Australia

    The Arc of Racism in Australia

    When Ghassan Hage’s seminal study on racism in Australia, White Nation, was published 25 years ago, the Cronulla riots, Christchurch massacre and Black Lives Matter movement all lay ahead. Hear from a lively panel of writers and thinkers as they consider how racism and white privilege have changed here since then and what lies ahead. Anthropologist and social critic Ghassan Hage, Palestinian-Egyptian author and academic Randa Abdel-Fattah, The Sydney Morning Herald culture editor Osman Faruqi, and Gomeroi academic and author Amy Thunig are joined in conversation by global diaspora expert Andonis Piperoglou.

    Presented with Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.

    This episode was recorded live at the 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  

    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and follow our channel. 

    Sydney Writers’ Festival podcasts are available on all major podcast platforms. 

    After more? Follow Sydney Writers’ Festival on social media:Instagram: @sydwritersfestFacebook: @SydWritersFestX (Twitter): @SydWritersFestTikTok: @sydwritersfest
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
314 Ratings

314 Ratings

Siobhan TM ,

Excellent Podcast- Five Star Rating

Blowing the Whistle.

lamamandemilly ,

Brilliant

Fantastic podcast and so happy to catch up on the festival for those who missed it. I just listened to Julia Gillard: it was an outstanding conversation. I can’t recommend it enough. Enjoy it.

On hanger ,

Podcast Julia Gillard

Thanks for making this and other podcasts available for those of us who for one reason or another could not attend in person.
What a fascinating discussion between two interesting women. Reminded me how eloquent Julia is.
Thanks so much!

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

MID
Mamamia Podcasts
Mamamia Out Loud
Mamamia Podcasts
Conversations
ABC listen
No Filter
Mamamia Podcasts
Shameless
Shameless Media
Life Uncut
Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne

You Might Also Like

The Book Show
ABC listen
The Bookshelf
ABC listen
Read This
Schwartz Media
Chat 10 Looks 3
Chat 10 Looks 3
Conversations
ABC listen
A Podcast of One's Own with Julia Gillard
A Podcast of One's Own with Julia Gillard