Sydney Writer’s Festival lineup announced

by |April 1, 2016

Over 400 Australian authors. 60 international writers. Thousands of readers. We could only be talking about one thing – the 2016 Sydney Writer’s Festival!

The lineup has been announced for this year’s festival and what a festival it will be. International authors and literary bigwigs gracing our shores will include Julian Barnes, Jonathan Franzen, Jeanette Winterson and William Boyd – also, feminist powerhouse Gloria Steinem, 2015 Booker Prize winner Marlon James and author of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins.


Gloria Steinem, Kate Tempest and Jonathan Franzen

Australian authors will include: Tim Flannery, Anna Funder, Sofie Laguna, Magda Szubanski, Kerry O’Brien, Andrew Denton, Bob Brown, Peter Garrett, George Megalogenis, Rosie Waterland, Stan Grant, Sarah Ferguson, Amanda Keller, Drusilla Modjeska, Susan Johnson, Charlotte Wood, Elizabeth Harrower, Mark Tedeschi, Mark Dapin, Don Watson, Frank Moorhouse, Laura Tingle, Tony Birch and Annabel Crabb.

Poet-rapper Kate Tempest – dubbed a young Patti Smith – will be giving the prestigious opening address. Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life, will be giving the closing address.

Booktopia’s very own John Purcell and Caroline Baum will be appearing, too.

The festival will be held from Monday May 16 – Sunday May 22 across sixty-five city, suburban and regional venues.

This weekend kick off your shoes, grab a drink and your iPad, get comfy on the couch and peruse the Sydney Writer’s Festival website. There’s bound to be an event that interests you!

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  • April 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Massive emphasis on romance as usual. :-/ But of course, let’s wheel out the tried and true romance equates with sex. End of story. Le sigh.

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