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May 2014

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Chatting with the awe-inspiring adventure writer, Tim Cope, consisted of an hour-long conversation of intrigue, excitement and insight.

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Many think of ogres, bloodthirsty vampires and zombies when they think of evil. But Philosopher Luke Russell delved into the world of politics, superstition, history and literature as he posed intellectual arguments about evil at the Sydney Writers’ Festival recently.

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In discussion with Adam Johnson about his latest Pulitzer prize winning novel The Orphan Master's Son

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In the intimate setting of the Sydney Theatre’s Richard Wherrett studio, a perfect stage was set for the political and emotional discussion of the toil after the Arab Spring.

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Gabrielle D’Annunzio is a warmonger, womanizer, poet and playwright. He was a megalomaniac, a fascist, and aviator, dubbing himself L’mmagnifico ‘The Great Curator’. He is the personification of Italian decadence, a creature of an unbridled appetite for fame, luxury, and women.

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Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife and most recently, The Valley of Amazement, a historical narrative about life in the courtesan houses of China in 1905.

Tan strode onto the stage at Sydney Theatre after many hours of waiting by her most adoring literary fans. Although she had yet not spoken a word, the auditorium was filled with silence, captivated by this mysterious woman and what she was going to say.

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Speaking at the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Bloomberg Stage, David Braddon-Mitchell told us “writing and storytelling will help us find what we have reason to love.”

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Adam Johnson is not just an eloquent writer and expert on North Korean life and politics. He is also a captivating orator and truly friendly bloke.

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Benjamin Law started writing for the freebies. Now he does it to satisfy his curiosity. It seems his funny, poignant take on families and communities is paying dividends.

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I sat down for an interview with Steven O’Donnell (known to many by his nickname ‘Bajo’) who took part in a panel discussion at the Sydney Writers’ Festival last night.

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The Sydney Writers’ Festival has exciting programs running for children, from storytelling workshops to colouring-in and activity sessions.

I interviewed Andrew Joyner, author and illustrator of the children’s book The Terrible Plop, Boris Gets a Lizard and Ready, Set, BORIS. The Terrible Plop has received an award from Speech Pathology Australia, and has also received an award for the Best Children’s Cover from the APA Book Design Awards.

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Professor Iain McCalman weaved a rich tapestry of history, science, culture and environment to explore the various identities of the Great Barrier Reef at a Sydney Writers’ Festival talk on Monday night.

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What does writing mean for Alice Walker? In the screening of the documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the audience was given a few answers.

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I was particularly struck by one moment during the launch of Tara Moss’s new non-fiction book The Fictional Woman, at Sydney Writers’ Festival last night.

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Leading foreign correspondent Hamish McDonald led a panel discussion between human rights professor Ian Buruma, author Frank Dikötter and University of Sydney Honorary Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick, on the devastation of war and the ongoing implications for both the victors and vanquished.

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TEDxSydney is the local licensed version of the world famous TED Talks, where a hand-picked audience gets to listen to some of Australia’s best thought leaders, innovators and doers under the theme of ‘ideas worth spreading’.

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