Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017


Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival brings together the best and most influential writers and thinkers from across the globe. This year they bring a focused program of Young Adult fiction #loveozya as well as the best Australian writing that challenges, provokes and educates us.

On Saturday May 27 join us for a full day of Young Adult (YA) programming hosted by the Sydney Writers’ Festival YA Ambassador Catriona Feeney (aka book vlogger Little Book Owl). The colossal line-up includes international YA superstars Sarah Crossan, Rupi Kaur, Jennifer Niven and Mariko Tamaki, and local heroes Amie Kaufman, Garth Nix and James Bradley. Don’t miss the return of the ever-popular TeenCon (moderated by Will Kostakis), and be sure to catch up with fellow YA fans in the courtyard – where you will find giant games, a photo booth and food trucks. All supported by the City of Parramatta. All YA events are $15 per event and you can purchase an all day pass for even cheaper at $50. Book here (please note you must register on our website first to be able to book a package).

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  • Working Class Boy
    Q&A with Jimmy Barnes

    26 May 2017
    Riverside Theatre
    Jimmy talks to Magda Glover, reflecting on his family’s migration from Scotland to Australia, his traumatic and violent childhood, and his dream of escaping the suburbs by joining a rock ’n’ roll band.
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  • Ian Rankin
    – Rather Be the Devil

    27 May 2017
    Riverside Theatre
    Ian Rankin is a bestselling, award-winning crime writer, known for his Inspector Rebus novels, which have been translated into 22 languages.
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  • The Rumble: Youth Slam

    27 May 2017
    Lennox Theatre
    Young poets spit with eloquence and wit, representing their communities in an all-out battle of spoken word and hip hop
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  • Love OZ YA Anthology
    Begin, End, Begin

    27 May 2017
    Riverside Theatre
    Some of the world’s best Young Adult writers are right under your nose, and you might not even know it.
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  • Teen Con 2017

    27 May 2017
    Riverside Theatre
    This year, a ‘Reworking the Classics’ competition gives you the chance to rewrite your favourite books. If you were giving The Giver a once-over or if you found faults in The Fault in Our Stars, what would you change?
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  • Fresh Voices from Western Sydney
    A Showcase of Real Talk

    27 May 2017
    Lennox Theatre
    In this showcase, teenagers from the program spit words from the heart and use slam poetry to tell it like it is. Sara Mansour, co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam, hosts this performance of fierce, funny and fresh voices of the future.
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  • Talking Tough Topics
    with Jennifer Niven

    27 May 2017
    Lennox Theatre
    Jennifer talks with Victoria Flanagan about transforming real-life struggles into stories and how the act of writing can be liberating.
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  • Defying Expectations
    How Do Female Writers Defy Stereotypes

    27 May 2017
    Riverside Theatre
    We unfortunately are still living in a time when female authors are pigeonholed and gender stereotypes affect readers as well as characters. Join Amie, Mariko and J.C. Burke as they look at the future of women in YA literature. With Bec Kavanagh.
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  • More Than Meets the Eye
    Diversity in YA Fiction

    27 May 2017
    Riverside Theatre
    Journalist and author Sarah Ayoub is joined by writers Randa Abdel-Fatteh, Erin Gough and Will Kostakis to discuss why portrayals of Australian teenagers in books should be real rather than random.
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