Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012: tickets on sale

I’ve attended the Sydney Writers’ Festival as ‘media’ before but this year I’ll get to chat with some great authors on stage. I’m chairing three panels in one day, Thursday 17 May. If you see me that night, don’t be surprised if I’m drunk or asleep in the corner of the hotel bar.

Two of the sessions are free (so get there early if you’d like to come) and one is ticketed. Blurbs are from the SWF program:

The Second Time 

The second novel is notoriously difficult but it has not stopped Kirsten Tranter (A Common Loss), Deborah Forster (The Meaning of Grace) or Steven Amsterdam (What the Family Needed). Just to add to the pressure, each of them was listed for major Australian literary prizes for their first books. They tell Angela Meyer how they managed, and what was different the second time around.

11:30-12:30 Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, free.

Not Funny Strange

Humour seems to have taken a back seat in Australian literary fiction of recent years. But we found three recent books that make us wonder if humour is making a comeback. Chris Flynn’s A Tiger in Eden, PA O’Reilly’s The Fine Colour of Rust and Charlotte Wood’s Animal People all make use of the wry to either contrast or even to laugh out loud. They talk to Angela Meyer about how they do it.

1:00-2:00 Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, free.

Rural Romping

It’s a whole rural revival for a new crop of novels with PA O’Reilly creating the town of Gunapan as the setting for her The Fine Colour of Rust while Carrie Tiffany puts her characters in Mateship of Birds in the country town of Cohuna. They talk to Angela Meyer about why they decided to go bush.

4:00-5:00 Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, ticketed.

Of course, there’s a huge array of other events. Pour yourself a cup of tea and peruse the program. I’m definitely hoping to see Jeanette Winterson.

Hope to see you there!

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