The University of Sydney community will join an eclectic mix of international and local authors for Australia’s largest celebration of writing, from Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May.
We’re thrilled to have such an extraordinary range of University of Sydney academics closely involved with this year’s program, enriching our sessions with their expertise.
As a proud 2019 Premier Partner, the University’s sponsorship reaches its eighth year, reaffirming its commitment to ideas and culture in the city as the festival returns to Carriageworks, a five-minute walk from the main Camperdown/Darlington campus.
We are proud to continue our partnership with the Festival and excited to see our scholars engage with some of the world’s most exciting writers and thinkers, right on our doorstep.
“The central ambitions of the Sydney Writers’ Festival – to present new ideas, tackle important social issues and stimulate debate and discussion – are also at the heart of what we do at the University of Sydney," Professor Jagose said.
A major highlight of the partnership includes an exclusive on-campus event that will see bestselling US novelist and Man Booker finalist Rachel Kushner join Professor Jagose to discuss her latest novel, The Mars Room, in the new Social Sciences Lecture Theatre on Thursday 2 May.
“Sydney Writers’ Festival is delighted to bring Rachel Kushner to the University of Sydney,” Ms McGuire said.
“Rachel Kushner is one of the most exciting and important novelists writing today. The themes she devastatingly explores in The Mars Room resonate perfectly with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ commitment to the transformational power of ideas and original thinking.”
Another highlight will see recently-appointed Professor of Public Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) Tim Soutphommasane taking part in ‘Lie to Me’ an unmissable evening of storytelling at Sydney Town Hall.
As part of its continued sponsorship, the University will support the Nights at Carriageworks program – a provocative series of events aligned with social justice issues – in which Stan Grant will discuss Australia Day, his powerful new book about reconciliation; and former Olympic swimmer and first woman to sign a male-modelling contract, Casey Legler, will speak to her memoir of athleticism and addiction, Godspeed.
The extraordinary breadth of expertise at the University of Sydney will be showcased at events featuring:
The 2019 program also includes several University of Sydney alumni, including Sarah Ayoub, Charlie Garber, Rebecca Huntley, Ben Jenkins, Zoe Norton Lodge, Sarah McDonald, Andrew O’Keefe, Jordan Raskopoulos, Chris Taylor, Holly Throsby and more.
University of Sydney reporters – media and communications students Abbey Lenton and Haydn Hickson – will capture the festival first hand through social media. To see their updates, follow the University of Sydney Instagram and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Twitter accounts.
TOP IMAGE: by Jamie Williams, courtesy of the Sydney Writers' Festival.