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Sydney Writers’ Festival comes to Parramatta

The Sydney Writers’ Festival will return to Parramatta from 21 to 24 May with an extensive program of events and authors at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Artists Studios and Parramatta City Library.

The Festival showcases the best in contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including some of the world’s leading authors, future thinkers, scientists and journalists.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd says the theme of this year’s Festival is ‘How to Live’, which will see writers exploring ideas of happiness, grief, spirituality, ageing, and mortality.

“I am proud that the Sydney Writers’ Festival will return to Parramatta in 2015 with a program rich in creativity and insight from some of the world’s most admired authors and social commentators,” Cr Lloyd said.

“This year key Festival events will be live-streamed at Parramatta City Library as part of the new Live and Local program, bringing the best of the Festival direct to our community.

“Riverside Theatres will play host to one of Australia’s most acclaimed children’s authors, Andy Griffiths as well as what’s been described as a  youth poetry ‘battle of words’ called The Rumble.

“Also appearing at Riverside Theatres will be one of the country’s most trusted social researchers, Hugh Mackay, who will ponder the big questions in his show The Art of Belonging.

“At Parramatta Artists Studios, budding poets can join Felicity Castagna, winner of the Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Get Your Poetry Up and Out There.

“I encourage everyone to get involved with this year’s program.”

Sydney Writers’ Festival Parramatta program is supported by the University of Western Sydney and Parramatta City Council.

For a copy of the full program and more information visit

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