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VARUNA & SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL 2017

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PROGRAM

AT THE HOUSE

Saturday 27 May

Varuna, the National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba (Entry is on foot via Sherman Avenue)

 

 

Saturday 27 May

 


10:00am - 1.00pm
@ Varuna

POETRY WORKSHOP: THE NATURAL WORLD OF THE IMAGINATION

Descriptions of the natural world can act as powerful metaphors for the emotional landscape. In this workshop, join local poet Vanessa Kirkpatrick to examine short excerpts from published writers, as well as generating new material for your own poetry or flash-fiction projects.

 

TICKETED: $50 / $40 limit of 12 places. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Click here to book. 

 
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2:00pm - 3:00pm
@ Varuna

HOPE STREET PRESS POETRY LAUNCH

Festival launch of a quartet of books by local poets: Shared Breath by Mark O’Flynn, Public Transport by Craig Billingham, The Conversation of Trees by Vanessa Kirkpatrick and Winter in Stone Country by Deb Westbury.

To be launched by Peter Minter.

 Admission is free, but reservations is recommended. Click here to book. 

 
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3.00pm – 5.00pm
@ Varuna

POETRY CIRCLE

Join local poet Mark O’Flynn around the fire-pit in the Varuna garden. Bring your own poem to read, or simply sit, listen and enjoy the friendly ambience of the Writers’ House.

Admission is free, but reservations is recommended. Click here to book. 

 

 

AT THE CARRINGTON

Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 May

The Grand Dining Room, The Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

 

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Note: Seating is NOT NUMBERED


ONE-DAY PASS
MONDAY 29 May - $65 full / $55 concession
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ONE-DAY PASS
TUESDAY 30 May - $65 full / $55 concession
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TWO-DAY PASS
Monday 29 AND Tuesday 30 May - $100 (no concession)  
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 Single Session Tickets at the Carrington daytime program - $20 full / $15 concession
Single session ticket pre-sales online are very limited, or only available at the door on the day, subject to availability.

 Dr Dark Memorial Lecture 
Monday 29 May
- $20 full / $15 concession
This event is ticketed separately and is NOT INCLUDED in the all-day or two-day pass
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Monday 29 May

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9.30am - 10.00am
@ The Carrington

 

FESTIVAL OPENING AND WELCOME TO COUNTRY

 

10.00am - 11.00am
@ The Carrington

WOMEN IN THEIR PLACE

Karen Lamb and Marilla North have both written about 20th-century Australian women writers, including Thea Astley, Dymphna Cusack, Florence James and Miles Franklin. These writers are now firmly part of the Australian literary canon. Karen and Marilla talk about their books and their attraction to these gifted and ground-breaking women.

Single Session Ticket BOOKINGS NB: seating is NOT NUMBERED

 
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11.30am – 12.30pm
@ The Carrington

GENERATION NEXT

James Bradley and Mardi McConnochie have written across many genres, from literary fiction to film. Both their latest books are written for young readers. Westwords director Michael Campbell talks to them about their previous work, their new books and the challenges of switching genres.
In partnership with Westwords.

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LUNCH BREAK
     
 
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1:30pm – 2:30pm
@ The Carrington

WITI IHIMAERA

Writer, academic and film-maker Witi Ihimaera was New Zealand’s first published Maori novelist. Winner of national and international awards and a Katharine Mansfield Fellow, in 2015 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Maori Boy. This session looks back on his many achievements and includes clips from Witi’s stage shows and movies including Whale Rider, The Wedding and Mahana.

Single Session Ticket BOOKINGS NB: seating is NOT NUMBERED

 
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3:00pm – 4:00pm
@ The Carrington

A CONVERSATION WITH DI MORRISSEY

Sandra Yates talks to one of Australia’s best-loved and most prolific writers. Di Morrissey’s latest book, A Distant Journey, moves from California to the Australian outback that Di loves and knows so well. Her fascination for cultural and environmental issues is reflected in the book’s setting in a family sheep station, facing the natural disasters and caprices of the wool industry while haunted by a family mystery.

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4:30pm – 5:30pm
@ The Carrington

FROM FAR AWAY WE COME

Children from every nation in the world are making new friends in Australian schools. Some have just arrived; some have parents or grandparents born in this country. James Roy’s One Thousand Hills and Libby Gleeson’s Mahtab’s Story both demonstrate the resilience of young people growing up in a different and sometimes perplexing world.

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Monday 29 May
6:00pm – 7:00pm
@ The Carrington

2017 Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture

WENDY ROGERS: CROSSING THE LINE: ACTIVISM AND ACADEMIC BIOETHICS

Dr Eric Dark combined his work as a doctor with his commitment to an ethical and democratic society. Professor Wendy Rogers initially trained as a general practitioner before undertaking a PhD in medical ethics. She now teaches in the Philosophy Department at Macquarie University. With her current work into the international trade in human organs, she regularly questions where she stands both as an academic and as a passionate activist.

 

Please note: this event is ticketed separately, and is not included in the day pass program

 

$20/$15 - BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

 

 


 
 

Tuesday 30 May

 

 

10:00am - 11:00am
@ The Carrington

SINS OF THE PAST

Award-winning British writer Natalie Haynes’ book The Amber Fury explores a contemporary murder and its narrative connections with the ancient Greek tragedy plays. Australian writer Maggie Joel’s The Safest Place in London, a 1940’s wartime drama, reflects this author’s fascination with time and place. Session Chair Katherine Johnson’s mystery The Better Son, a novel about family secrets and lies, is set in 1950’s Tasmania.

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11:30am - 12:30pm
@ The Carrington

LOVE AND MUSIC

Graeme Simsion’s latest book The Best of Adam Sharp is set in France and has been described as ‘a dilemma with lots of music’ with ‘complications, transgressions and resolutions’ for its main character. Claire Corbett’s Watch Over Me is a thriller of love under the pressure of occupation and war in which music plays an important role. They talk about their work with Varuna Chair David White.

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LUNCH BREAK
 
 

1:30pm - 2:30pm
@ The Carrington

A FINE-FIGURED MAN WITH A CAMERA

Ernest Mitchell emigrated from Yorkshire to New South Wales in 1899, before moving on to Western Australia. His widely-published photographs of that state’s landscape and people shaped international views of Australia. Historian and author Joanna Sassoon talks about how she came upon Mitchell’s material for her book, Agents of Empire. Joanna’s session will feature many of Mitchell’s photographs.

Single Session Ticket BOOKINGSNB: seating is NOT NUMBERED

 
 

3:00pm - 4:00pm
@ The Carrington

NEW VOICES

Each year Overland magazine manages The Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. This award has discovered exciting literary talent that might not otherwise have come to national attention. Overland’s fiction editor Jennifer Mills talks to the 2017 winners, Evelyn Araluen Corr and Amy McQuire, about their writing and their hopes for the future and gives these young writers the opportunity to read from their winning entries.
In partnership with Overland.

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4:30pm - 5:30pm
@ The Carrington

THE LEGACY OF ELEANOR DARK

The first of an annual address honouring the work of Eleanor Dark and her legacy.

This year’s address will be presented by award-winning Varuna alumna Delia Falconer. In this year’s lecture, Delia talks about nature in an age of loss. Molluscs, trees, birds: a century ago, descriptions of nature placed humans in a world of abundance, but how do we write and think about nature now? Delia’s talk reflects on the new creative demands of a diminished world.

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AT THE BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

Saturday 27 May

Seminar Room, opposite Katoomba Library, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
 

Saturday 27 May

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10:00am - 1:00pm
@ The Cultural Centre,
Seminar Room

WRITERS' JOURNEYS: AUTHORS' PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON WRITING AND PUBLISHING

Australian authors at different stages of their careers talk about individual experiences and the highs and lows of becoming published. Inspirational insights for aspiring writers and keen readers alike. Featuring Malcolm Knox, Craig Cormick, Catherine Cole and Lisa Chaplin. This event is presented by the Blue Mountains Library.

 

TICKETED: $20 - BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

 


 

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Previous Festivals

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