2016 Media Releases

Sydney Writers' Festival returns to The Concourse this May

01 April 2016

The Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to The Concourse with an exciting line-up of events and programs including Madga Szubanksi: Reckoning, popular student program Secondary School Days, author talks by renowned Chinese author Ye Xin and author/antiquarian book expert Stuart Kells, and the popular Reading Corner.

Held from 16 May - 22 May, the Festival brings together authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, including some of the world's leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists. The programme is driven by ideas and issues that animate all forms of writing.

“The Sydney Writers’ Festival program attracts people from across the North Shore and beyond to The Concourse each year, offering a wide range of events for all ages and enriching our community with the creativity and knowledge of these renowned storytellers,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

The 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival program on The Concourse

Magda Szubanski: Reckoning
7pm, Wednesday 18 May
The Concourse Concert Hall

From suburban Catholic schoolgirl to acclaimed comedian, Magda talks to Tracey Spicer about growing up, finding the funny and how the silence of the past can be deafening.

Secondary School Days: Chatswood
10am – 2pm, Wednesday 18 May
The Concourse Theatre

Secondary School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day. Authors include John Boyne, Michael Grant, Vikki Wakefield and Claire Zorn.

Ye Xin: Educated Youth
1pm, Thursday 19 May
Chatswood Library on The Concourse

During the 1960s, the Chinese government dispatched city high school leavers to work on farms and plantations in the countryside. Ye Xin’s book uncovers the stories of those who decided to travel to Shanghai in search of their birth parents more than a decade later.  

Stuart Kells: Penguin and the Lane Brothers
12.30pm, Friday 20 May
Chatswood Library on The Concourse

Stuart Kells explores the spirit of daring and creativity that led the Lane brothers to create a publishing powerhouse that ultimately tore their family apart but changed the course of publishing forever.

The Reading Corner
10am – 4pm, Monday 16 May - Friday 20 May
The Concourse outdoor space

Borrow a book from our collection and nestle into a bean bag for some great reading time.

To book any of these events, please visit theconcourse.com.au.

For the full program of events and writers, visit www.swf.org.au.

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