Sydney Writers' Festival

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Sydney Writers' Festival
Genre Literary festival
Begins 20 May 2013
Ends 26 May 2013
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active 17
Inaugurated 1997
Participants 300
Attendance 65,000
Website
http://www.swf.org.au

The Sydney Writers' Festival is an annual literary festival held in the Australian city of Sydney. The Festival's artistic director is Jemma Birrell.

History[edit]

The festival began in January 1997,[1][2] with most events initially held at the State Library of New South Wales. The first independent Sydney Writers' Festival ran from 12–17 May 1998, with 169 participants appearing in venues in and around the centre of Sydney.

The festival has since rapidly expanded. Held in middle to late May each year, the festival now involves over 400 participants and presents over 300 events in multiple venues in renovated piers in Walsh Bay, near The Rocks, Sydney. Other festival locations in the Sydney CBD include the Sydney Theatre, Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Events are now also regularly held in regional and suburban locations including Parramatta, Ashfield, Auburn, Blacktown, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hornsby, Penrith, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

At least half of all Sydney Writers' Festival events each year are presented free of charge. Festival attendances have reached over 80,000 each year since 2007.

The Sydney Writers' Festival Limited is a not-for-profit company with an independent board of directors. The inaugural Chair of the Festival was Geraldine Doogue, who held the position for three years. Sandra Yates AO [hyperlink] became Chair in late 2000, retiring on 31 December 2011. Deena Shiff became Chair on 1 January 2012. The Festival Director in 1998 was John Nieuwenhuizen, with Meredith Curnow the Program Director. Meredith Curnow became Festival Director for the period 1999–2002. Caro Llewellyn was Artistic Director and Chief Executive from 2003–2006. Wendy Were was Artistic Director and CEO for the three festivals, from 2007–2009. Chip Rolley became the festival's Artistic Director in the middle of 2009, programming the 2010, 2011 and 2012 festivals. In 2013, Jemma Birrell was appointed as the festival's new artistic director. The festival appointed an Executive Director, Ben Strout, in early 2009.

Past international guests[edit]

Past guests have included:

Past local guests[edit]

Closing address[edit]

Organisational structure[edit]

The Festival is organised by the artistic driector, with the support of the Executive Director, who both report to the Board of Sydney Writers' Festival. The current directors of the Festival are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dessaix, Robert (24 January 1997). "After The Plague". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tom, Emma (11 January 1997). "The Best Young Australian Novelists 1997". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alan Duff on Both Sides of the Moon". Book Talk on Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 May 1999. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Program Summaries and Transcripts". Books and Writing on Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1999. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Events". Festival News 2002. University of Technology Sydney. 2002. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Program Summaries and Transcripts". Books and Writing on Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2002. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Highlights from Festival 2003". Festival 2003. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Highlights from Festival 2004". Festival 2004. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Highlights from Festival 2005". Festival 2005. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2005. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Highlights from Festival 2006". Festival 2006. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2006. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Highlights from Festival 2007". Festival 2007. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Highlights from Festival 2008". Festival 2008. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Highlights from Festival 2009". Festival 2009. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Highlights from Festival 2010". Festival 2010. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Festival Nights". Festival 2012. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c Haroldson, Peter. "Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013". Sydney Life. Destination New South Wales. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Program Summaries and Transcripts". Books and Writing on Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2001. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Highlights". Festival 2012. Sydney Writers' Festival. 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 

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