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Sydney Writers' Festival Sydney Writers' Festival

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 278 Ratings

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    Annabel Crabb & Al Campbell

    Annabel Crabb & Al Campbell

    Beloved Australian journalist and writer Annabel Crabb (The Wife Drought) sits down with Al Campbell to discuss her dazzling debut, The Keepers.

    “Ever since I read The Keepers, Al Campbell’s debut novel, I’ve been unable to stop thinking about it.” – Annabel Crabb

    This event was part of the Your Favourites' Favourites series, in which writers you already love and trust interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the last year. 

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    • 53 min
    Michelle de Kretser & Christos Tsiolkas

    Michelle de Kretser & Christos Tsiolkas

    Two of the biggest names in Australian literature, Michelle de Kretser (Scary Monsters) and Christos Tsiolkas (7 1/2) come together to discuss their latest books. These thrilling contributions to already stellar careers take them in new directions as they play with form and voice while asking questions of their own work and the world. Don’t miss this fascinating exchange between two prize-winning writers, with host Roanna Gonsalves.

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    • 59 min
    I Was Wrong

    I Was Wrong

    They are seemingly the three hardest words to say in public life: “I was wrong”. The process of changing minds – individually, collectively and culturally – is made that much harder by a political landscape in which admitting uncertainty, confessing error or revealing a change of heart is actively discouraged. Hear from some of Australia’s most respected holders of deep-seated beliefs – David Marr, Jane Caro, Paul McDermott and Marcia Langton – as they each present a short talk on a topic that deepened their learning, evolved their thinking or flat out changed their mind. Hosted by Maddison Connaughton. 

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    Jennifer Egan: The Candy House

    Jennifer Egan: The Candy House

    From one of the great writers of our time, Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House is the long-awaited sibling novel to her Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. Returning to the same characters and thematic terrain as her earlier novel, in equally genre-shifting style, she interweaves stories about authenticity, privacy and meaning in a world where our memories can be shared online. Jennifer appears live via video in conversation with Maddison Connaughton. 

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    • 52 min
    Liane Moriarty & Caroline Overington

    Liane Moriarty & Caroline Overington

    Liane Moriarty is a global publishing sensation. In a very special conversation, The New York Times bestselling author discusses her new novel, Apples Never Fall, the sensation around her TV adaptations, and her broader body of work with Literary Editor of The Australian and author Caroline Overington (The Cuckoo’s Cry). Together, they examine the art of crafting gripping stories, creating compelling characters and capturing layers of drama.

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    • 58 min
    Amanda Lohrey & Charlotte Wood

    Amanda Lohrey & Charlotte Wood

    Two of Australia’s most acclaimed writers, Amanda Lohrey (appearing live via video) and Charlotte Wood, come together for a conversation about their most recent books, their incredible bodies of work and creative lives at large. Amanda’s Miles Franklin–winning novel, The Labyrinth, and Charlotte’s bestselling work of non-fiction, The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life, each offer essential and illuminating insights into the hope, redemption and restoration to be found in art and creation. They appear in conversation with Ailsa Piper.

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    • 53 min

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278 Ratings

278 Ratings

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