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SWF 2017 program announced

The program has been announced for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, which runs from 22-28 May.

More than 400 events featuring over 450 writers will be held across greater Sydney.

US authors Brit Bennett and George Saunders and Irish author Anne Enright will deliver an opening address on the festival’s theme of refuge. Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist and author Susan Faludi will deliver the festival’s closing address, exploring the theme of refuge ‘from the metaphorical shelter of books to the basic physical safety that millions seek today’.

International authors include US Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Paul Beatty, US feminist writer Roxane Gay, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, US National Book Award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead, US writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus, British memoirist Sarah Bakewell, German history author Norman Ohler and British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh.

Other international guests include Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth; data analyst Mona Chalabi; Slate’s ‘Culture Gabfest’ podcasters Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner; ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ podcaster Jamie Morton; and Armando Giovanni Iannucci, creator of TV shows Veep and The Thick of It, who will appear at an early event on 2 May. 

More than 400 Australian authors will appear at the festival, including Saroo Brierley, Liane Moriarty, Jimmy Barnes, Robert Dessaix, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Clementine Ford, Candice Fox, Nikki Gemmell, Richard Fidler, Anita Heiss, Tom and Meg Keneally, Hannah Kent, Melina Marchetta, Di Morrissey, A S Patric and John Safran.

A Family Day will be held in the Walsh Bay precinct on 28 May, and for the first time a full day dedicated to YA fiction will be held at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on 27 May. Hosted by the festival’s YA Ambassador Catriona Feeney, ‘All Day YA’ will feature international guests graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki, multimedia artist Rupi Kaur, author Jennifer Niven and verse novelist Sarah Crossan, as well as local authors including Amie Kaufman, Garth Nix and James Bradley.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, British writer and illustrator Lauren Child and US author Kate DiCamillo will be participating in the festival’s schools program.

The festival’s Live & Local streaming program will bring events to 30 community venues across all states and territories in Australia.

A number of international guests will also participate in events at the Wheeler Centre, including George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Ian Rankin, Anne Enright, Colson Whitehead, Brit Bennett and Paul Beatty.

To see the full SWF program, click here.


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