Expired Event - Varuna Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012 - 13 May 2012
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Varuna Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012
All events are at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, unless otherwise indicated.
Tickets available online or from Gleebooks Blackheath and Sydney or as indicated for individual events.
1. THE WRITERS' WALK
May 13 10am-12pm
Take an easy bushwalk in the company of poet Deb Westbury, local historian John Low and a Discovery Ranger. Let them help you be inspired by nature to write poetry.
2. CENTRAL WEST WRITERS' CENTRE POETRY IN CATHEDRAL CAVE
May 13 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Cathedral Cave, Jenolan Caves Oberon
Experience some of Australia's most inspiring poetry with David Malouf, Judith Beveridge, Mark Tredinnick, David Brooks and Brenda Saunders. The poetry will be accompanied by the haunting sound of the Shakuhachi flute performed by Bronwyn Kirkpatrick.
3. SPECULATIVE HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY
May 14 10-11am
Dr Martin Thomas, landscape historian and author of The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains and the speculative biography of anthropologist R.H. Matthews, talks to former Attorney General and MP Bob Debus.
4. SPECULATING FUTURES AND BENDING GENRES
May 14 11.30am-12.30pm
Steven Amsterdam (What the Family Needed), Claire Corbett (When We Have Wings), and Kim Westwood (The Courier's New Bicycle) creatively re-imagine our futures and challenge traditional literary genres.
5. MEMOIR: PUBLIC ISSUES & PRIVATE LIVES
May 14 1.30-2.30pm
Leading teachers and writers of creative non-fiction and memoir, Australian Patti Miller (The Mind of a Thief) and Robin Hemley (A Field Guide to Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism and Travel) from Iowa in the U.S., talk to Carol Major about their new books.
6. EVERYONE'S A CRITIC: FOOD WRITING AND CULTURE IN A DIGITAL AGE
May 14 3-4pm
Geordie Williamson, literary critic of The Australian in conversation with Charlotte Wood (Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food) and Elizabeth Merryment (journalist and food writer).
7. BRANDL & SCHLESINGER BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS
May 14 4.30-5.30pm
Susan Hayes from the Australia Council launches new books by Margaret West (Leaf and Stone), Rhyll McMaster (Late Night Shopping), Aidan Coleman (Asymmetry) and S.K. Kelen (Island Earth - New and Selected Poems).
8. THE HUMAN ARK
May 15 10-11am
Charlotte Wood (Animal People) and Carrie Tiffany (Mateship with Birds) in conversation with Tegan Bennett Daylight.
9. BUILDING EMPATHY IN AN AGE OF TERRORISM AND ASYLUM SEEKING
May 15 11.30am-12.30pm
As society polarises around these issues Chris McCourt (The Cleansing of Mahommed) and Ghassan Nakhoul, first Arabic writer to win a Walkley Award and author of Overboard, discuss how they've creatively attempted to humanise the debate.
10. A BEAUTIFUL BROGUE
May 15 1.30-2.30pm
Irish novelist Sebastian Barry talking to Kate Fagan about On Canaan's Side - a rich historical novel about Lilly Bere, forced by events in Ireland to flee to America.
11. JESMYN WARD
May 15 3-4pm
Jesmyn Ward, in conversation with Geordie Williamson about her heartbreaking novel Salvage the Bones which won the US 2011 National Book Award for Fiction.
12. LAUNCH INTO POETRY
May 15 4.30-5.30pm
An entertaining hour of poetry to launch new collections by Mark O'Flynn (Untested Cures), John Watson (Four Refrains and Occam's Aftershave) and David Musgrave (Concrete Tuesday).
13. VARUNA CHILDREN'S DAY
May 18 10.30am-2pm
Blackheath Community Hall
A magical day for young and old (from 8+) featuring puppeteer Asphyxia and The Grimstones, interactive storyteller Katherine McLeod and publisher
Margaret Hamilton in conversation with children's authors Ursula Dubosarsky, James Roy and Stephen Measday.
For a more detailed program and to view more information about participants please visit our website.
Single session tickets are available directly from Varuna.
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