Sydney Writers’ Festival is a week-long conversation, and many of this year’s discussions will be framed around the theme of power. Hundreds of the world’s most exciting writers will gather in Sydney to explore power and its adjacent qualities – its relationship to money, sex, politics and identity. Join them at the Seymour Centre, Carriageworks and venues across the city from 30 April to 6 May to discuss The Year of Power.
At the Seymour Centre, one of the most heartfelt and unscripted figures in Australian Parliament, Jacqui Lambie will speak with The Guardian editor Lenore Taylor about her memoir, Rebel With a Cause, and Miles Franklin winning author Alexis Wright will speak about her latest work of non-fiction, Tracker.
Among the international highlights, Pajtim Statovci will speak about My Cat Yugoslavia, his captivating debut novel about a young gay immigrant – and his talking cat – that has been hailed “a marvel” by The New York Times. New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub will share audio and footage from his reportage on Syria. Don’t miss Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz, celebrated memoirist Tara Westover, founder of Well Read Black Girl Glory Edim and historian Stuart Kells share how books have shaped their lives.