Some days I love my job more than others.
Yesterday was one of those days as I found myself, glass of champagne in hand, enjoying the buzz and excitement of the launch of the 2016 Sydney Writer’s Festival (SWF) at Pier 2/3.
The Walsh Bay precinct was hailed as a “place of storytelling” – an area that celebrates creativity and diversity through dance, theatre and books. This year over 380 Australian writers and 65 International authors will grace these buildings with their stories.
To name just a few – Gloria Steinem, Jonathan Franzen, Marlon James, William Boyd, Paula Hawkins, Jeanette Winterson, Elizabeth Harrower (in only her second public interview ever), Charlotte Wood, Magda Szubanski, Stan Grant, Niki Savva, Rosalie Ham, Thomas Keneally, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Kerry O’Brien and Ann Goldstein – the translator of Elena Ferrante’s books.
There’s plenty of bookish fun planned for the kids as well. Russ the bus will be doing the rounds once again and we can expect to see the likes of Michael Grant, Jon Klassen, John Boyne, Claire Zorn, Sally Rippin, Jacqueline Harvey, Alice Pung, Aaron Blabey and Will Kostakis.
Ceridwen Dovey’s article in The New Yorker last year, ‘Can Reading Make You Happier?’ inspired Artistic Director, Jemma Birrell and her team with this year’s SWF theme – bibliotherapy. 2016 also sees a rebranding of the SWF image. The warm-tone apostrophe is certainly striking and easy to spot around the city.
The program is now available in store, online (below) and in Saturday’s SMH.
As always, the hard part will be picking which events to go to!