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Sydney Writers' Festival at Carriageworks

Sydney Writers' Festival

Monday 29 April – Sunday 5 May, Carriageworks
We’re committed to the transformational power of ideas and the written word. Read on to learn about our academic and graduate speakers, our exclusive Rachel Kushner event and more.

As a proud and continuing partner of the Sydney Writers' Festival, more than 30 of our academics, researchers and graduates will appear alongside some of the world’s most exciting international writers and thinkers.

From the sobering realities of our education system, the shady underworld of cybercriminals, the value and meaning of trees and the deficiencies of Australia's defamation laws, our research will inform an array of widely diverse, contemporary issues in this year's festival.

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.
Sydney Writers’ Festival Artistic Director, Michaela McGuire

Our people

Please visit our speakers page for a list of academic participants.

Along with our scholars, the 2019 program includes several University of Sydney graduates, including:

  • Charlie Garber
  • Rebecca Huntley
  • Ben Jenkins
  • Zoe Norton Lodge
  • Sarah McDonald
  • Andrew O’Keefe
  • Jordan Raskopoulos
  • Holly Throsby

Rachel Kushner on campus

On Thursday 2 May, Man Booker finalist Rachel Kushner will appear on campus for an exclusive and intimate conversation with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose.

Together they'll discuss Kushner's latest novel, The Mars Room, her exceptional body of work and what it means to be a writer in 2019.

Entry is free but you will need to book (see the link below).

Nights at Carriageworks

The University of Sydney supports the Nights at Carriageworks program, a provocative series of events focused on contemporary themes and social justice issues.

During the 2019 festival, ABC host 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 about her compelling memoir of athleticism and addiction, Godspeed.

Find out more here.

Festival reporters

University of Sydney reporters – media and communications students Abbey Lenton and Haydn Hickson – are on board to document the festival first hand across social media. To follow their updates, visit the University of Sydney Instagram and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Twitter accounts.

Abbey Lenton is a final-year Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) student at the University of Sydney. She is a staff writer at News Corp’s and one-third of the Saturday lunch team on FBI Radio. With a background in Cultural Studies and the performing arts, Abbey is excited to be covering the Sydney Writers Festival and keeping Sydney students up to date with all that the festival has in store.

Haydn Hickson is a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) student, majoring in film studies and marketing. He’s also a presenter for MTV Australia andFBi Radio. He is one of three editors of the University of Sydney Union's online Pulp Media, and he's about to take to the Seymour Centre stage in ‘Sydney Uni Revue: The Void’. He's also he marketing coordinator for the University's SURG-FM. Haydn is beyond excited to hit up the Sydney Writers' Festival for a second time.

IMAGE: by Prudence Upton, courtesy of the Sydney Writers' Festival.

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