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Sydney Writers' Festival Sydney Writers' Festival

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    Steve Toltz: Here Goes Nothing

    Steve Toltz: Here Goes Nothing

    Booker-shortlisted author Steve Toltz discusses his newest work, Here Goes Nothing, with acclaimed author Sarah Krasnostein. As wildly inventive and savagely funny as his first two books, Quicksand and A Fraction of the Whole, Here Goes Nothing is a razor-sharp take on love, mortality and the afterlife. He shares common ground with Sarah, whose book The Believer explores the universal need to make sense of life, death and all that lies between. Steve appears via video.

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    • 58 min
    Martha Wainwright: Stories I Might Regret Telling You

    Martha Wainwright: Stories I Might Regret Telling You

    Nobody who has listened to Martha Wainwright's music could be in any doubt of her powerful voice, her blistering honesty and her disarming humanity. Her memoir, Stories I Might Regret Telling You, is one to excite established fans and lovers of graceful, candid writing alike. From her childhood amongst musical royalty – daughter to folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III and sister to Rufus Wainwright – to a career with all the highs and lows of the music industry, to tales of motherhood, love and loss, divorce and the search for personal peace, it's an unforgettable work of searing emotional honesty. In conversation via video with host Julia Zemiro, Martha shares the stories, truths and triumphs behind the music.

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    • 53 min
    A Critical Eye

    A Critical Eye

    Every new book comes with a host of wildly enthusiastic quotes from early readers hailing the author and/or their work as The Next Big Thing. But what does this hype mean for readers hoping to find their next read? Enter the discerning literary critic, whose expert distillation of a book’s composition helps us to read between the lines and sort the ‘must reads’ from the ‘not for me’s’. Author and winner of the Walkley–Pascall Award for Arts Criticism Delia Falconer (Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a time of beauty and loss), writer, essayist and poet Declan Fry, and writer and researcher Eda Gunaydin (Root and Branch) discuss the role of literary criticism in a world of hype.

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    • 55 min
    PEN Lecture: Freedom of speech for whom?

    PEN Lecture: Freedom of speech for whom?

    Senator Mehreen Faruqi reflects on the hypocrisies and double standards of freedom of speech in Australia. The toxic forces of racism, xenophobia and anti-migrant hostilities, which were heightened during the pandemic, dictate who can and can’t freely express themselves. These forces shape public debate, exclude marginalised voices and consolidate the power of the already powerful. Challenging them is essential. Join Senator Faruqi as she reflects on the global challenges to free speech and the fight of writers and communicators the world over.

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    • 59 min
    Church & State

    Church & State

    With leaders who claim to be handpicked by God and ongoing debate over religious freedoms, the separation of church and state in Australia is murkier than ever. What roles do faith and religion play in the leadership, governance and decision-making of our political figures? Can the messages of charity and kindness in scripture benefit the country – or are we on a path to a more puritanical society? Interfaith Minister and author of Intimacy and Solitude and Seeking the Sacred, Stephanie Dowrick and journalist and author of Beyond Belief, Elle Hardy discuss with Tom Tilley.

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    Miles Allinson & Emily Bitto

    Miles Allinson & Emily Bitto

    Having penned two of the past year’s most acclaimed novels, Miles Allinson and Emily Bitto come together to discuss their stories of characters searching for identity and meaning within fractured realities. Miles talks about In Moonland, a family portrait of three generations that stretches from the wild idealism of the 70s to the fragile hopes for the future. Emily sheds light on Wild Abandon, her tale of a lonely outsider who travels from Australia to America’s heartland trying to find his place in a late-capitalist world. Miles and Emily are interviewed by Michaela Kalowski.

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    • 52 min

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