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29 March 2019

Maths teacher Eddie Woo to headline Sydney Writers Festival on The Concourse

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Maths teacher Eddie Woo to headline Sydney Writers Festival on The Concourse

Sydney maths teacher and international YouTube sensation Eddie Woo will headline The Sydney Writers’ Festival on The Concourse this year.

Held from 29 April to 5 May, the program will also feature an exciting line-up of author talks, the outdoor Lawn Library and children’s story time.

“One of our Sydney Writers’ Festival events is already booked out, which just demonstrates how popular the event has become,” Willoughby City Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said.

Eddie Woo: Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths

6.30pm, May 3

The Concourse Concert Hall

Tickets $20/$15

Author and Sydney high school teacher Eddie Woo became Australia’s most unlikely celebrity after his high-energy maths classes made his YouTube channel, ‘Wootube’, a viral sensation. Whether he’s explaining the curve of a rainbow or why left-handed people aren’t extinct, every subject in Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths is vitalised by Eddie’s enthusiasm, humour and heart. Join Local Hero of the Year and one of the Global Teacher Prize’s top ten teachers in 2018, for a special event about all things maths.

Rosalie Ham: The Year of the Farmer

12.30pm – 1.30pm, 2 May

Chatswood Library on The Concourse

Free event, but bookings essential

Join teacher and author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham, as she discusses her new novel about love, justice and irrigation. A darkly satirical tale about the residents of a small country town battling with the elements and one another, The Year of the Farmer is Rosalie at her best – unsentimental and wildly entertaining. This striking story is set in country NSW and told by an author with a keen understanding of life on the land.

The Lawn Library

10am – 4pm, Daily, 1-5 May

The Concourse outdoor space

Free event

Borrow from our bucket of children’s books or bring your own and nestle into a bean bag or deck chair for some relaxing reading time on The Concourse grass area.  

Storytime at Chatswood Library

Tuesdays: Baby Bounce (0-15 months) – 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am

Wednesdays: Toddler Time (15 months – 3 years), 9:30 – 10:00 and 10:15-10:45

Storytime (3-5 years), 11:15-12:00

Thursdays: Toddler Time (15 months – 3 years & carers), 10:15-10:45

Storytime (3-5 years), 11:15am-12:00

David Marr: My Country

12:30-1.30pm, 1 May

Chatswood Library on The Concourse,

Free Booked Out

The definitive collection of David Marr’s writing, My Country, confirms his place as one of Australia’s most unflinching reporters of political controversy, and one of its most subtle and eloquent biographers. Fixing his gaze on an eclectic range of topics – from the 1978 Mardi Gras police bashings to Patrick White, Pauline Hanson and Cardinal George Pell – David elevates reportage and commentary into an art form. The perennial Festival favourite speaks about his storied career.

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