Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences joins the Sydney Writers' Festival

30 November 2011

The University is co-sponsoring events at the 2012 Sydney Writer's Festival.
The Faculty is co-sponsoring events at the 2012 Sydney Writer's Festival.

The University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will sponsor the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2012, launching a new partnership to explore how books can transport today's 'big ideas' to a wider audience.

"There is a great hunger in Sydney for debate and discussion about the myriad issues we face as a society," said Sydney Writers' Festival Artistic Director Chip Rolley.

"Sydney Writers' Festival is looking forward to working with the University of Sydney in what is certain to be a mutually beneficial partnership that will help us continue to present some of the greatest thinkers and writers from home and abroad."

Sydney Writers' Festival 2012 will run from 14 to 20 May, and offer more than 300 events at a variety of Sydney venues, including a major event in the University's Great Hall.

The festival will also include an event co-sponsored by the University at one of the festival's other city venues, such as the Walsh Bay precinct, Sydney Theatre Company or Town Hall. Both co-sponsored events will feature Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences academics.

"We look forward to bringing together leading writers and thinkers on campus and to getting our students and academic staff participating in Festival events across the city," says Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Other ways in which the University of Sydney will get into the festival spirit is through providing volunteers, having academics involved in a selection of events across the festival, and encouraging students, staff and alumni to experience what is set to be a highlight of the 2012 cultural calendar.

"We are absolutely delighted about our new relationship with the Sydney Writers' Festival. It's a perfect fit: we are both passionate about great writing and especially about the power of ideas to engage, enliven and transform our city," says Professor Ivison.

The program will be announced on 29 March, and included in the SWF Official Guide, distributed through The Sydney Morning Herald on 31 March 2012.

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