A warning: this interview contains adult themes…but perhaps not in the way you might expect. Listen to an excerpt from hit comedy podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno, ahead of creator Jamie Morton's Festival appearance next month. Info and tickets: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
A warning this interview contains adult themesbut perhaps not in the way

Lateline - 24/04/2017: Interview: Jamie Morton, Comedian

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Carol Warwick
According to the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), James Shapiro’s latest work is his best yet: "His mastery of detail and overarching themes is such that, although he sticks to the facts and rarely deals in speculation, this work of biography, cultural history, and criticism has all the richness of fiction."
See James discuss 'The Year of Lear' at the Festival: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
According to the Los Angeles Review of Books LARB James Shapiros latest

The Plot Thickens: James Shapiro’s “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606”

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Jillian Lewis
Lovers of history, take note: A.N. Wilson will be appearing at this year's Festival, where he'll discuss his historical novel 'Resolution', about the Captain James Cook’s incredible voyages in the Pacific. More: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
Lovers of history take note AN Wilson will be appearing at this

A.N. Wilson interview: The 'young fogey' with an addiction to writing and surprising opinions

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VEEP returns to showcase for Season 6 tonight at 8.30pm...but you can see creator and showrunner Armando Iannucci live at Sydney Town Hall on May 2! Info and tickets:
VEEP returns to showcase for Season 6 tonight at 830pmbut you can

Swearing In: Veep's Armando Iannucci on Spin and Satire

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Patrick Harte
From a refugee fleeing war-torn Sudan to a boy who got lost in India and spent decades trying to get home, meet the life writers coming to this year's Festival.
From a refugee fleeing wartorn Sudan to a boy who got lost

Discover Five Extraordinary Memoirists

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Robina Chaffey
Ash Prasad-Chandra
Penny Bell
The Sydney Morning Herald interviews classicist and former stand-up comedian Natalie Haynes ahead of her Sydney Writers' Festival appearance: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
The Sydney Morning Herald interviews classicist and former standup comedian Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes: A feminist take on Oedipus

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When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a 'nasty woman', he didn’t know the term would become a battle cry of his opponents…
When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a nasty woman he didnt know

SWF Gala: Advice from Nasty Women

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David Marr examines the return of Pauline Hanson in his new Quarterly Essay, The White Queen. Read The Sydney Morning Herald's review below, and book tickets to see David speak on the politics of fear here: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
David Marr examines the return of Pauline Hanson in his new Quarterly

The White Queen: David Marr on how Pauline Hanson plays the race card

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Jo von Kecqye
Jo von Kecqye
Gertrude Apfel
Our YA Ambassador Catriona Feeney, aka Little Book Owl, gives her verdict on the latest two books in Lynette Noni's 'The Medoran Chronicles'. Watch her video reviews below.
Our YA Ambassador Catriona Feeney aka Little Book Owl gives her verdict

Vlog: Catriona Feeney on Lynette Noni's The Medoran Chronicles

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In this essential session, celebrated New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman talks about the dizzying acceleration of the modern age — and explains that all is not lost in these troubling times.
In this essential session celebrated New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman talks

Thomas Friedman: The Case for Optimism

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Read an excerpt from Colson Whitehead's Pultizer Prize-winning novel 'The Underground Railroad'. For tickets to see Colson at this year's Festival, click here: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
Read an excerpt from Colson Whiteheads Pultizer Prizewinning novel The Undergrou

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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Alana Black
Join Man Booker Prize-winner Paul Beatty, along with Maxine Beneba Clarke, Anuk Arudpragasam and Ellen van Neerven for a compelling discussion of race in today’s literary and cultural landscape. Info and tickets:
Join Man Booker Prizewinner Paul Beatty along with Maxine Beneba Clarke Anuk

Panel Discussion: Writing Race

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Meet guest curator Peter Polites, whose queer noir novel 'Down The Hume' was published this year to critical acclaim.
Meet guest curator Peter Polites whose queer noir novel Down The Hume

Meet the Curator: Peter Polites

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Somehow, Teen Vogue has transformed from beauty bible to a powerful voice in political commentary. Editor Elaine Welteroth explains it all at this year's Festival. Info and tickets: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
Somehow Teen Vogue has transformed from beauty bible to a powerful voice

Inside Teen Vogue: 'Our readers consider themselves activists'

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MElissa Keogh
Read an excerpt of Bill Hayes' memoir of his life with legendary neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. Bill will appear at Sydney Writers' Festival — info and tickets: [ Swf.org.au Link ]
Read an excerpt of Bill Hayes memoir of his life with legendary

What It Was Like To Love Oliver Sacks

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Rachel Sandeman
Jess Hill
James Edwards
Congratulations to Heather Rose on winning The Stella Prize for her novel 'The Museum of Modern Love'! Join Heather, along with Hannah Kent and Sandra Phillips for a vibrant discussion of women's writing in Australia at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.
Congratulations to Heather Rose on winning The Stella Prize for her novel

Stella Sparks: Women Writers On Influence and Inspiration

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Shelly McAree
Heather Rose
Our YA Ambassador Little Book Owl has pored over the program and come back with her top nine events to see at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Our YA Ambassador Little Book Owl has pored over the program and

Catriona Feeney's Top Festival Picks

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Juanita Sands
What makes a writer want to write? In this gala event, literary luminaries will discuss intimate and varied influences, offering insights into what shaped them as writers and informed some of today’s important literary works.

The international line-up features Hannah Kent, Ian Rankin, Robert Dessaix and more.
What makes a writer want to write In this gala event literary

SWF Gala: Origin Story

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Laurel Hixon
Ahead of his Sydney Writers' Festival appearance, we caught up with German author Norman Ohler to chat about his book, 'Blitzed,' a gripping examination of drug use in the Third Reich.
Ahead of his Sydney Writers Festival appearance we caught up with German

Interview: Norman Ohler

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This year's program is enriched by three guest curators who have each brought their unique creative vision to Festival.

In the first of a series, young Indigenous Queensland writer Ellen Van Neerven introduces the events she's programmed at the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival.
This years program is enriched by three guest curators who have each

Meet the Curator: Ellen van Neerven

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