This year, the Festival will relocate to Carriageworks, a five minute walk from the University’s Camperdown/Darlington campus.
“We are excited to be partnering with Sydney’s leading literary festival on our Camperdown doorstep,” said Professor Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “In an ostensibly post-book era, the power of writing and reading remains evident.”
14 University of Sydney academics will feature alongside 400 Australian authors, academics and public figures, as well as 60 prominent international guests.
“The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is committed to the transformational power of ideas and original thinking. Engaging with some of the world’s best authors, our academics will make a lively contribution to the Sydney Writers’ Festival again this year,” said Professor Jagose.
Engaging with some of the world’s best authors, our academics will make a lively contribution to the Sydney Writers’ Festival again this year.
The Festival will be driven by the theme ‘power’, combining ideas of sex, money, politics and identity with the importance of literature and vigorous public debate.
“It's fantastic to have such a wealth of engaged and passionate experts at the University of Sydney to deploy across this year’s program. I’m particularly excited about the late night events at Carriageworks, and hope that students will be able to take full advantage of their proximity to some of the world’s best authors,” said Michaela McGuire, the Festival’s Artistic Director.
The Festival’s international offerings include a live recording of The New York Times podcast ‘Still Processing’ with culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, as well as novelists André Aciman (Call Me By Your Name) and Amy Bloom (White Houses).
High profile Australian speakers will include Julia Gillard, Peter Greste, Ceridwen Dovey (In the Garden of the Fugitives) and Christos Tsiolkas (Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White).
University of Sydney student reporters Bianca Farmakis and Haydn Hickson will capture the festival first hand through social media.
"Every year Sydney Writers' Festival gives me that extra inspiration I need to keep pursuing my dreams of being a published author. It's so thrilling to be in a room of people who just know what to say," said Bianca Farmakis.
The University of Sydney is a Premier Partner of Sydney Writers’ Festival.