Faculty joins in Sydney Writers' festivities

18 April 2013

Indigenous literature and the arts in education are the driving themes behind the Faculty of Education and Social Work's renewed involvement in this year's Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF).

Members of the faculty will once again feature in a series of dynamic presentations and panels under the 2013 Festival theme, 'Storytelling', from Monday 20th to Sunday 26 May.

The premier event for the Faculty of Education and Social Work is the discussion, Turning the Tide: Indigenous Australian Writers and Thinkers, which returns in 2013 after a well-received debut at last year's Festival.

Facilitated by Dr Peter Minter, coordinator of the University's Indigenous Australian Studies major, this event will feature Lionel Fogarty, Jeanine Leane, and Melissa Lucashenko on a panel celebrating Indigenous Australian literature and identity.

As the role of arts in education continues to dominate curriculum debates, a triumvirate of faculty talent will join the timely panel, Creative Writing as Freedom, Education as Exploration. Professor Robyn Ewing, Adjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson and the faculty's recently appointed Honorary Associate, Teya Dusseldorp will discuss how an arts education contributes to a child's development and imagination, in conversation with novelist Debra Adelaide.

Other exciting highlights of the University of Sydney's 2013 SWF program include special events by James Wood, The New Yorker's chief literary critic, whose visit to Australia is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. While in the country, Wood will discuss his new collection of critical essays, titled The Fun Stuff.

Another big name at the 2013 SWF is international art historian Michael Fried, who is a guest of the University's Power Institute, Sydney Ideas and the United States Studies Centre.

Along with faculty staff, current Master of Teaching (Primary Education) student and prize-winning poet Elizabeth Allen, Master of Social Work alumnus Majok Tulba, and Bachelor of Social Work alumnus Paul van Reyk, will join the Festival program.

The faculty's renewed involvement follows the success of an inaugural sponsored partnership between the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Festival in 2012.

For more information on the University's Sydney Writers' Festival partnership and for full event details, visit the University's SWF website.

Contact: Emily Jones

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