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Society of Women Writers Literary Festival

Rub shoulders with Award Winning Writers,
Theatre and Cinema Practitioners, Publishers and Editors
who DARE to explore what it means to be a Woman Writer
in Contemporary Australia.

Keynote Speakers include Blanche d’Alpuget and Bettina Arndt

PLUS

Lee Lewis engages Noëlle Janaczewska (Stage and Radio Playwright) and Debra Oswald (Playwright, Screen Writer) in conversation about the challenges for women who write for stage and screen

Helen O’Neill chairs a discussion with three panellists; a writer, publisher and editor who share their experiences. Anna Valdinger Publisher; Dr Jeanine Leane Wiradjuri Woman, Poet; Elena Gomez Editor
        
In addition there will be three book launches and the awarding of the Di Yerbury UK Residency winner.

A delicious lunch plus morning and afternoon tea are included.

All new writers and readers are especially welcome.

Dare to be an Author…
Dare to miss it – You Wouldn’t dare!

TICKETS $120.00 each ON SALE NOW              GO TO www.SWWLitFest.com

 Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW,
Macquarie Street, Syd
ney     
Saturday 18 October 2014        
9.00 am – 4.45 pm
Seats are Limited

Download Festival Program HERE 
Download Festival Speaker Biographies HERE 
Download Festival Book Launches Information HERE 

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

9.00am    REGISTRATION

9.20am    FESTIVAL OPENING
    Dr Maria Hill, President Society of Women Writers
    Dr Alex Byrne, Director State Library NSW
    The Right Honourable Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

9.40am    KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    Dare to Liberate Yourself from the Captive Breeding Industry of Publishing Houses
    Blanche d’Alpuget, Novelist, Biographer
    Introduced by Dr Wendy Michaels, Honorary Research Fellow Newcastle University

10.20am    BOOK LAUNCH
    The Lion Rampant by Blanche d’Alpuget
    The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner
    Human Rights Commission NSW

10.35am   MORNING TEA

11.15am    IN CONVERSATION
    Dare to Write for Performers
    Adjunct Professor Noëlle Janaczewska, Playwright University of Queensland
    Debra Oswald, Playwright, Screen Writer, Children’s Fiction Writer
    Lee Lewis, Artistic Director Griffin Theatre Company

12.05pm    BOOK LAUNCH
    Outside by Libby Hathorn
    Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor, Liaison Librarian Newcastle University

12.20pm   LUNCH

1.30pm     AWARD PRESENTATION
    Di Yerbury UK Residency
    Professor Di Yerbury, SWW Patron
    Professor Elizabeth Webby, SWW Festival Patron
    Winner: to be advised

1.45pm    PANEL DISCUSSION
    Dare to Publish Women’s Writing: Trials, Tribulations, Triumphs
    Dr Jeanine Leane, Wiradjuri Poet Australian National University
    Anna Valdinger, Publisher HarperCollins
    Elena Gomez, Editor Random House
    Helen O’Neill, Australian Society of Authors

2.45pm     BOOK LAUNCH
    Being Jack by Susanne Gervay
    Mihiri Udabage, Room to Read, Australia

3.00pm     AFTERNOON TEA

3.45pm    KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    Dare to be an Author Who Writes about Sex and Other Unmentionables
    Bettina Arndt, Author, Journalist
    Introduced by Lindsay Lewis, Vice-President Society of Women Writers

4.35pm     FESTIVAL CLOSE
    Dr Wendy Michaels Festival Director

Society Women Writers NSW

 State Library NSW