Saturday, 9 April 2016

Ready for SWF2016

The program for the Sydney Writers' Festival was officially released on 31 March 2016. With hundreds of events over a week of literary festival goodness, it is really hard to choose what to see. Plus, with so many good sessions pitted against one another, and popular talks starting to sell out, I had to decide, coordinate with festival friends and get my tickets booked.

Fortunately I am able to take some time off work so I can attend four full days of the festival and maximise my literary overload. I will be tweeting and blogging from the event, but thought I would give a quick preview of who I will be seeing at the festival.

  • Emma Alberici, Australian journalist and Lateline host
  • Julian Barnes, Booker prize winning author
  • Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015
  • Tegan Bennett Daylight, Australian fiction writer 
  • Stephanie Bishop, Australian author
  • Bob Brown, environmentalist and former Greens leader
  • William Boyd, author and screenwriter
  • Julian Burnside QC, barrister and human rights lawyer
  • Annabel Crabb, Australian journalist
  • Matthew Condon, author and journalist
  • Marie Darrieussecq, French novelist and Charlie Hebdo writer
  • Jonathan Franzen, bestselling American author
  • Anna Funder, award winning Australian author
  • Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil frontman, former MP
  • Ann Goldstein, translator for Elena Ferrante
  • Elizabeth Harrower, legendary Australian author
  • Paula Hawkins, journalist and author
  • Marlon James, Booker prize winning author
  • Deepti Kapoor, Indian novelist
  • Paul Kelly, editor at large The Australian
  • Herman Koch, screenwriter and columnist
  • Benjamin Law, screenwriter and journalist
  • George Megalogenis, award winning Australian Journalist
  • Drusilla Modjeska, Australian author
  • Frank Moorhouse, Australian author and screenwriter
  • Tara Moss, Canadian/Australian novelist
  • Susie Orbach, Feminist icon and psychotherapist
  • Yeonmi Park, human rights activist and North Korean defector
  • John Purcell, Australian author
  • Leigh Sales, Australian journalist
  • Margot Saville, political commentator
  • Niki Savva, Australian journalist
  • Babette Smith, historian
  • Tim Soutphommasane, Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner
  • Gloria Steinem, Feminist icon
  • Samanth Subramanian, Indian journalist
  • Mark Tedeschi, barrister and true crime author
  • Lucy Treloar, Australian author
  • Peter van Onselen, Australian journalist
  • Jeanette Winterson, award winning British author
  • Fiona Wright, Australian poet
  • Xu Zhiyuan, Chinese intellectual

So now I have six weeks left to finish reading the many books I bought at last year's festival to free me from any guilt about buying more. Who am I kidding? I never feel guilty about buying and reading books!

Also: my blog posts from the 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival are available.