The 2013 Sydney Writer’s Festival In Focus – Part 1

by |May 8, 2013

In the lead up to the 2013 Sydney Writer’s Festival we’ll be featuring a few of the key events we’re really looking forward to.

We’ve also highlighted some great books to prepare you before basking in the warm glow of the festival.

Here’s a couple of events that caught our eye…

Opening Address

Who: Daniel Morden

What: Daniel Morden is one of Europe’s greatest storytellers. For 23 years he has made his living telling traditional stories: from gypsy tales to the Iliad. He has collected and told stories all over the world, from the Arctic to Haiti, performing at London’s National Theatre, the Getty Villa and on Broadway. For the 2013 Opening Address, Daniel will blend traditional tale, anecdote and insight, while examining the place of story in our lives.

Why: To visit a time where the bard reigned, where stories where told as well as read. Daniel Morden is slowly taking over the world of storytelling with his passionate, colourful and evocative performances of classic tales. Widely tipped to be the water-cooler event of the Festival, don’t miss your chance to catch a performer at the peak of his powers.

‘To experience Daniel Morden in full flight is an amazing thing. He combines the skills of the Troubadour, the actor, the bard, the standup comedian and the preacher in the pulpit’ (BBC)

When: Tuesday May 21,  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Where: Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, $30/$25.

More Reading: The Adventures of Odysseus, Tree of Leaf and Flame, The Adventures of Achilles.

Women On The Run

Who: Michael Robotham, Tara Moss, and Lauren Beukes

What: Australian authors Michael Robotham and Tara Moss, and South Africa’s Lauren Beukes all have one thing in common: they have put their female protagonists in grave danger. Do these feisty femmes manage to outwit their pursuers and escape from their novels alive? Find out in this compelling session with Matthew Condon, speaking to three of the best thriller writers in the business.

Why: An all-star panel look at a welcome new trend in contemporary thrillers. Matthew Condon is a fine author in his own right and an old hand at these events and should keep the pace moving beautifully as three wonderful writers share their thoughts and philosophies on novels today.

When: Friday, May 24 2013, 4-5pm.

Where: Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, $20/$14

More Reading: The Shining Girls (Beukes), Assassin (Moss), Say You’re Sorry (Robotham).

Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we look at more events that have caught our eye. To pick up tickets to any events featured or for more info go to

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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