It’s that time of year again (yay!). The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) is but a few weeks away and the programme has just been released.
There’s a great selection of local and international writers. A quick perusal has got me lining up the likes of:
- Our very own Kim Scott, talking about his recent, highly acclaimed novel, That Deadman Dance, up for Best Book Award in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
- Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Booker Prize for The Finkler Question;
- The very imaginative David Mitchell, talking about his most recent novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, (see my review here);
- Tea Obreht, member of The New Yorker magazine’s “20 under 40”, talking about her acclaimed novel, The Tiger’s Wife;
- Michael Cunningham of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours fame;
- Markus Zusak of The Book Thief fame, (see my review here);
- Interesting indigenous sessions, covering culture, art, fiction, poetry;
- Poetry and Sydney-centric sessions, including the likes of Cate Kennedy and too many others to mention!;
The Festival also sees theawarding of several high-profile literary awards, including The Commonwealth Writers Prize (will Kim Scott win for That Deadman Dance?), the NSW Premier’s Awards, and the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writers’ Award. I plan on attending the awarding of the Commonwealth Prize as well as a session the next day in which the judges will talk about their deliberations (and arguments?!) and how they arrived at the winner.
There’s plenty of non-fiction-focusses things on too. Politics, culture, environment, food. Indeed, foodies should not be disappointed with Anthony Bourdain and critic AA Gill featuring. There’ll also be many sessions for children, and other interests far and wide.
Looks like a busy few days for me, although Sunday seems strangely clear. A little imbalance in the programme perhaps? Whatever the case, there’s plenty of interesting things to listen to and get involved in across the week and I can’t wait to blog about it.
Anyone esle going along? What are your festival highlights?