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


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
Saturday 18 October 2014        
9.00 am – 4.45 pm
Seats are Limited

Payment by Cheque NOW AVAILABLE – Phone 0415 285 811 to arrange

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9.00 am           REGISTRATION

9.20 am           FESTIVAL OPENING

                           Dr Maria Hill, President Society of Women Writers

                        Vicki Mcdonald, Director Library Services, State Library NSW

                        Councillor Irene Doutney

9.40 am           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

10.20 am         BOOK LAUNCH

                        The Lion Rampant by Blanche d’Alpuget

                        The HonSusan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

                        Human Rights Commission NSW

10.35 am         MORNING TEA

11.15 am         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

12.05 pm         BOOK LAUNCH

                        Outside by Libby Hathorn

                        Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor, Liaison Librarian Newcastle University

12.20 pm         LUNCH

1.30 pm           AWARD PRESENTATION

                        Di Yerbury UK Residency

                        Professor Di Yerbury, SWW Patron

            Professor Elizabeth Webby, SWW Festival Patron

                        Winner tba

1.45 pm           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

2.45 pm           BOOK LAUNCH

                        Being Jack by Susanne Gervay

                        Mihiri Udabage, Room to Read, Australia

3.00 pm           AFTERNOON TEA

3.45 pm           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

4.35 pm           FESTIVAL CLOSE

                        Dr Wendy Michaels Festival Director

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