Sydney Writers' Festival

SWF - Peter Greste
Sat 5 May – 11:30 am
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SWF - Annabel Crabb
Sat 5 May – 4:30 pm
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SWF - Sarah Ferguson
Sun 6 May – 3:00 pm
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SWF - Emily Wilson
Sun 6 May – 4:30 pm
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Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local
presented by Wallis Cinemas Mildura
and Mildura Writers Festival



Saturday May 5

11.30am –12.30pm   Peter Greste: The First Casualty

Foreign correspondent Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the frontline in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his incarceration in an Egyptian prison. The First Casualty is his enlightening firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West. Fellow correspondent Hugh Riminton speaks to Peter about the extent to which investigative journalism is under threat in the age of terrorism and fake news. More info.


4.30pm – 5.30pm   Annabel Crabb’s BooKwiz

Which book are you ashamed of loving? Which do you reread when you’re in a reading slump? What have you always meant to read but now suspect you never will? Beloved journalist and presenter Annabel Crabb returns to the Festival for BooKwiz, a thorough interrogation of some well-known readers, including ABC 7.30 anchor Leigh Sales, Conversations presenter Richard Fidler and – lending cult appeal – the RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro. More info.


Sunday May 6

3.00pm – 4.00pm   Sarah Ferguson: On Mother

Following the sudden death of her mother, renowned ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson penned On Mother, a poignant and moving reflection on their relationship over decades and across continents. After a career spent investigating some of Australia’s most high-profile news stories, she turned the focus onto her own family to examine the individual that existed beyond motherhood. In conversation with Louise Adler, the four-time Walkley Award–winning reporter reflects on the complex bonds shared between mothers and daughters. More info.


4.30pm – 5.30pm   Emily Wilson: Translating the Odyssey

In 2017, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Her translation of the 12,110-line epic poem offered a fresh perspective on the rousing tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic. Her text has been praised for its accuracy and an accessibility that brings the ancient work into the 21st century – perhaps raising the eyebrows of some Homer purists along the way. Speaking to Jennifer Byrne, Emily elaborates on her approach to translating the second-oldest text in Western literature and why it remains so vital today. More info.


* No complimentary tickets.

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