2017 Media Releases

The Sydney Writers' Festival returns to The Concourse in 2017

07 April 2017


Literary lovers are invited to attend the Sydney Writers’ Festival on The Concourse from 22 – 28 May, featuring an exciting line-up of author talks including David Hunt and Stephen Dando-Collins, student program Secondary School Days, and popular chill-out zone, The Reading Corner.

“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 renowned storytellers,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. 

Liane Moriarty: Truly Madly Guilty

6.30pm, Tuesday 23 May
Concourse Theatre

Sam Armytage and Liane discuss Truly Madly Guilty, a thrilling tale of marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship set on the North Shore - the location for many of Liane’s books including Big Little Lies, which was recently adapted into an HBO series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. 


Secondary School Days: Chatswood

10am – 2pm, Tuesday 23 May
The Concourse Theatre

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. 


David Hunt: True Girt

12.30pm, Wednesday 24 May
Chatswood Library on the Concourse
Free event

In the side-splitting sequel to Girt, satirist David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier with a cast of characters including the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor Thomas Davey; Infamous LGBTI bushranger Captain Moonlite; and Harry, the camel that shot dead the explorer John Horrocks. 


Stephen Dando-Collins: The Hero Maker: A Biography of Paul Brickhill

6.30pm, Thursday 25 May
Chatswood Library on the Concourse
Free event

Award-winning historical author Stephen Dando-Collins exposes the contradictions of one of Australia’s most successful, but troubled, writers – Paul Brickhill. The author of The Great Escape struggled with alcohol and writer’s block, as his success – and all that accompanied it – threatened to overwhelm him. 


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

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