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New York Times culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris onstage during the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Facts & figures

Our impact in 2018

  • 17 Academic panellists
  • 18 Graduate speakers
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Sydney Writers' Festival

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Eileen Myles in conversation with Dean of Arts and Socials Sciences, Prof. Annamarie Jagose.

Eileen Myles in conversation with Dean of Arts and Socials Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose. Credit: Prudence Upton.

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

From the chaos of a Trump presidency, the socialisation of sport, the realities of climate change, the ethics of true crime writing and the future of China’s economy, our expertise informed an array of wildly diverse contemporary issues.

Dr. Minglu Chen during the Future of China panel.

Dr. Minglu Chen during the Future of China panel. Credit: Prudence Upton.

A highlight of our involvement in the 2018 festival included sponsoring the Sydney Writers’ Nights program.

Over the course of the festival, evening audiences were treated to a series of talks by critically acclaimed international authors André Aciman, Jennifer Egan, Eileen Myles, along with New York Times culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, who recorded a special festival edition of their podcast, Still Processing, in front of a rapt audience.

The New York Times’ Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris on campus and in conversation with Dr Thomas Adams

The New York Times’ Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris on campus and in conversation with Dr Thomas Adams.

We were also very proud to host the Still Processing duo for an exclusive on-campus event for current University of Sydney students, which explored how recent tumult in the US has forced the country into a collective state of cultural and political reckoning.

Our speakers

  • Evelyn Araluen
  • Jack Manning Bancroft
  • Dasia Black-Gutman
  • Michael Brissenden
  • Bob Brown
  • Gareth Evans
  • Felicity Fenner
  • Jeremy Heimans
  • Roslyn Helper
  • David Hill
  • Tony Jones
  • Alice Klein
  • Suzanne Leal
  • Kate McClymont
  • David McKnight
  • Michael Pembroke
  • Michael Slezak
  • Mark Sutton