Watch an ABC News video interview with Armando Iannucci and Leigh Sales on satire, Malcolm Turnbull, and writing politics.
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Armando Iannucci labels Donald Trump a 'walking satire balloon'
Read a meditation on the Australian landscape from the inimitable Tim Winton: 'In Australia the sky is not the safe enclosing canopy it appears to be elsewhere. It’s the scantiest membrane imaginable, barely sufficient as a barrier between earthbound creatures and eternity.'

Tim Winton — The Island Seen and Felt
Good Weekend Magazine gets inside the brilliant mind of Armando Iannucci, ahead of our 2 May event.
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Armando Iannucci is 'the cleverest person in the room': but one man stumps him
Special event: We are thrilled to present an evening with writer and creator of 'Veep' and 'The Thick of It', Armando Iannucci. The legendary satirist will join Benjamin Law on Tuesday 2 May at Sydney Town Hall to talk comedy and politics in a post-truth world.

Swearing In: Veep's Armando Iannucci on Spin and Satire
Short, but sweet: a list of novels you can devour in a day (or less!).

18 (More) Amazing Novels You Can Read in a Day
Don't miss esteemed philosopher A.C. Grayling speak on his bestselling book 'The Age of Genius', a rigorous exploration of how the 17th century marked a radical turning-point in human thought and ushered in a new era of modernity.

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A.C. Grayling: The Age of Genius
The choices we make around how we access creative content can have a real impact. We can show respect for creators by pledging to pay for the creations we value, asking before we use other people’s creative work, crediting creators for their work and letting others know that it’s important to us.

By showing respect in this way, we help the authors we love to keep creating amazing and...
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Tracey Spicer: This Book Changed My Life

Australian news reader, journalist and now author Tracey Spicer talks about not one but three books that made a lasting impression on her: Dark Palace by Fra...

In a country with one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, why is having a tan still so socially desirable? Indira Naidoo shares her experiences of growing up in Australia with a genetically-enhanced Bondi tan, and asks what our obsession with brown skin says about our ideas of beauty, health, acceptance and belonging.
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Podcast: Indira Naidoo — On Being Brown
Italian director Saverio Costanzo has signed on to direct and co-write a 32-part television series based on Elena Ferrante's beloved Neapolitan novels.

Ms. Ferrante is expected to contribute to the screenplay (and will communicate with the director via email).

Elena Ferrante’s Naples Novels to Make Their Way to TV
On International Women's Day, there's no better time to listen to the wisdom of Gloria Steinem. In this podcast, recorded at the 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival, the writer, activist and revolutionary feminist reveals the surprising and deeply personal encounters that have shaped her. Gloria shares her moving and profound story with Jennifer Byrne.

Gloria Steinem: Life on the Road - Sydney Writers' Festival -
If you need a little more poetry in your life, follow The New Yorker's newly launched poetry bot. Available on Facebook Messenger and Twitter, the bot is designed to send out a poetry excerpt at random every day for the next ninety-two days.

Introducing the New Yorker Poetry Bot
Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann was just awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize. Now is a great time to revisit her remarks on being a part of the Stolen Generation and her journey to recovery through poetry and performance, recorded live at the 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival.

The Empty Pram: Stories of the Stolen Generation
'I want to accept this award on behalf of my grandmother who walked out of the Maralinga bombs with her little children, and then my mother was taken from her – to my grandmother and my mother, who were so dignified in their pain. Life changed so dramatically for them, and they stayed really dignified and that's the legacy they've given me.'
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Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann wins $215,000 literary prize
'Japan, perhaps more than any other country, is a culture of deliberate appearances, a place where seeing is not just part of the experience of life, but life itself.'
Read a beautiful meditation on the architecture of Karuizawa by Hanya Yanagihara, a guest of the 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival, and revisit her closing address below.
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Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside
Listen to an important, balanced and stimulating conversation with one of India's best new writers. In this podcast, Samanth Subramanian discusses his book 'This Divided Island', examines how people reconcile themselves to violence, and how nations bury their pasts by reshaping memory and rewriting history.
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SWF Podcast: Sri Lanka — This Divided Island
A fantastic reading list via Electric Literature — 34 exciting prose books coming out this year that happen to be written by women of colour.

34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year
For almost 40 years, Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author, has been opening our eyes about body image and society. In this podcast, Susie joins Caroline Baum to talk about body image in today’s society — where selfies are king, retouching is the norm, and the idea of perfection is as narrow as ever.
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SWF Podcast: Susie Orbach — Fat is Still a Feminist Issue
One for those with an interest in screenwriting: the legendary director behind 'Charlie's Country' and 'Bad Boy Bubby' gives an illuminating insight into how he works.
Via Screen Australia.

Director Rolf de Heer on a changing industry
Writers, artists and creative types of all description are encouraged to apply to be part the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's 2017 Zine Fair. Applications to be part of this vibrant event are due by 19 February — find out more below.

Last chance: 2017 MCA Zine Fair stallholders
According to a recent study, almost a fifth of readers find that fiction seeps into their daily existence, with the voices of fictional characters staying with them even when they weren't reading. Some participants said it was as if a character "had started to narrate my world".

Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds