Festival 2013 Audio Podcasts
LISTEN: Richard Flanagan SWF Event with Phillip Adams

One of Australia’s greatest and most beloved writers, Richard Flanagan, spoke to Phillip Adams about his first novel in five years, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This extraordinary novel explores the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

“Richard Flanagan is an extraordinary writer and this sixth novel is a masterpiece…”- Australian Women’s Weekly.

“…a magnificent achievement, truly the crown on an already illustrious career.” - Adelaide Advertiser.

Thanks to ABC, you can now listen to the entire event online here. 

Carlos Ruiz Zafón at Sydney Writers' Festival

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, one of the world’s most loved writers, speaks to Suzanne Leal about his exhilarating new book, 'The Prisoner of Heaven'. This is the third in the cycle of novels that began with the international publishing phenomenon, 'The Shadow of the Wind'. Carlos’ writing is ‘Atmospheric, beguiling and thoroughly readable’ (Observer). His work has been published in more than forty different languages and honoured with numerous international awards. Thanks to 2Ser for the production of this podcast.

Lawrence Krauss: A Universe From Nothing' at Sydney Writers' Festival, Friday 24 May, 2013

The question, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’. Lawrence Krauss leads an exploration of the discoveries that have revolutionised our understanding of both nothing and something. It has become clear that not only could our universe have naturally arisen from nothing, without supernatural shenanigans, but also that it probably did. He spoke with Robyn Williams from ABC Radio National’s 'The Science Show'.

Thanks to The University of Sydney for the podcast.

Bob Brown: The Future of Activism

In 1976, the young Bob Brown fasted at the top of Hobart’s Mount Wellington in protest against the arrival of a nuclear warship. Now, after 16 years in the Senate, where he consistently took courageous and often lonely stands on issues across the national and international spectrum, he’s joined the Sea Shepherd to direct their campaign against Japanese whalers. Amanda Lohrey spoke with him about the future of activism at Sydney Writers'Festival 2013.

Thanks to The University of Sydney for this podcast.

Shami Chakrabarti at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, the UK’s foremost campaigning organisation that protects basic rights, joins us to deliver the WOW at Sydney Writers’ Festival Lecture. She will set out the story of women’s struggles for freedom across the world and the distribution of power – and why it’s important that we don’t stop making noise. Followed by a conversation with Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director.

Presented with Southbank Centre's WOW.

Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Why Criticism Matters' at Sydney Writers' Festival, 24 May 2013

What is the state of literary criticism today and why is it so important to have a robust culture of criticism? One of the world’s greatest literary critics, James Wood, Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Susan Wyndham, and James Ley, Editor of Sydney Review of Books discuss the role of the critic today with Sophie Cunningham, Chair of the Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

Supported by the Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

Gillian Mears: Foal's Bread And Living Life, Sunday 26 May 2013

Gillian Mears has been an award-winning writer since her first collection of stories, Ride a Cock Horse, was published in 1988 by Bruce Pascoe. After years of physical pain due to an illness, Gillian made a triumphant return to the literary world in 2011 with the publication of Foal's Bread - her first novel in 16 years, which went on to win the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction and numerous other awards. For the first time since Foal's Bread was published, Gillian spoke to our Festival audience about her beautiful novel, her writing and her love of horses - while reuniting with her first publisher, Bruce Pascoe.

Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Is Rhetoric Dead in The Age of The Soundbite' at Sydney Writers' Festival, Sunday 26 May 2013

Last year the Prime Minister electrified the world with her misogyny speech. But this was a rare exception, and few modern political speeches capture the imagination in this way. Has our political discourse been reduced to slogans? And what does this mean for our democracy? Executive Director of the Lowy Institute Michael Fullilove discussed this and more  at Sydney Writers' Festival with author and ex-speechwriter for Kevin Rudd, James Button, Federal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull, political journalist and social commentator Annabel Crabb and Executive Director of the Plain English Foundation Neil James.

Thanks to The University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Ideas That Changed The World' at Sydney Writers' Festival, 25 May 2013

Throughout history, remarkable ideas and inventions have changed the way we play, work and think. What were some of the key ideas that irrevocably changed our lives? Author Sylvia Nasar looks back in history at the world’s most influential economic thinkers in 'Grand Pursuit', UK social psychologist Aleks Krotoski (Untangling The Web), who has spent a decade exploring the effects of the web, and social innovator Rachel Botsman (What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption), who looks at how technology is changing our lives. They speak with Richard Glover.

Thanks to The University of Sydney for this podcast.

'In Cold Blood' at Sydney Writers' Festival, 25 May 2013

In the tradition of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, three Australian non-fiction writers bring insights into the complexities of criminal trials and trial by media. Join Anna Krien (Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport), Mark Tedeschi AM QC (Eugenia) and Matthew Condon (Three Crooked Kings) as they spoke with P.M. Newton.

Thanks to The University of Sydney for this podcast.

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