Sydney Writers Festival: Our picks

From Pulitzer Prize winners to New York poets, 2018’s edition of Sydney Writers Festival is bursting at the bookends. With so much to choose from, where do you start? These are our top picks.

André Aciman: Call Me by Your Name

The film adaption of André Aciman’s coming-out and coming-of-age novel Call Me by Your Name is one of the most talked-about films of the year, winning Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards. André talks to SBS’ Anton Enus about the development of the cult novel and the feeling of your work coming to life on the big screen.

Saturday 5 May, 8pm.
Bay 17, Carriageworks

Eileen Myles: To Dig a Hole in Eternity

With a canon spanning 20 books of poetry, prose and fiction, Eileen Myles has spent a lifetime subverting the literary and cultural status quo. From the iconic 1994 queer novel Chelsea Girls to 2017’s heart-wrenching Afterglow: A Dog Memoir, the revered poet will discuss their fascinating career in conversation with Annamarie Jagose.

Friday 4 May, 6pm.
Bay 17, Carriageworks

Jeff Kinney: The Getaway

The ever-mischievous Greg Heffley is back. As a family getaway in paradise becomes a tropical island nightmare, Greg learns that everything’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Join the bestselling author Jeff Kinney as he chats all things Wimpy Kid in this fun-for-all-the-family event hosted by children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.

Saturday 5 May, 3:30pm.
Sydney Town Hall

Women in Tech: Okay ladies, now let’s get information

Wondering why the technology and science industries remain a boys club to this day? Questioning what progress is finally being made for women in tech? Join Amintou Sow of Tech LadyMafia, BBC science journalist Angela Saini and Professor Elanor Huntingdon, the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. They’ll inspire in conversation with Deb Verhoeven.

Saturday 5 May, 3pm.
Bay 17, Carriageworks

Closing Address: Jennifer Egan

Once described by The New York Times as “a refreshingly unclassifiable novelist”, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Egan will deliver the festival’s 2018 closing address. Addressing the relationship between technology, fiction and reality, Jennifer will ask how the pressure to market ourselves impacts our inner lives and alters our definition of reality.

Sunday 6 May, 6pm.
Bay 17, Carriageworks

Library pop-up at Sydney Writers Festival

If you’re at Carriageworks during the Sydney Writers Festival, head to the library pop-up to have some fun between your events.

Feeling inspired by the festival writers? Use our reprogrammed cash registers to write your own unique poem. Festival poets Toby Fitch, Joanne Burns, Omar Sakr and Lang Leav have all contributed a poem for you to remix. You’ll get a poem print out to keep.

The library pop-up activities are free for all ages.

Wednesday 2 May to Friday 4 May, 9am to 6pm.

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