Festival 2014 Audio Podcasts
What's Normal Anyway?

It can be a terrifying moment to realise you are just like your parents. Equally, looking at your parents and finding no resemblance at all can be just as horrifying and potentially quite isolating. Exploring a range of different life experiences – adoption, deafness, dwarfism, disability, Down Syndrome, autism, child prodigies, and transgender and homosexual identity – it’s safe to say growing up isn't always easy. Andrew Solomon, A.M. Homes, Robert Hoge and Jo Case discuss parents, children and the search for identity with ABC RN’s Natasha Mitchell.Supported by the City of Sydney.

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Alice Walker and Archie Roach at Sydney Writers' Festival

Internationally celebrated writer Alice Walker is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple though she has written six other novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books and volumes of essays and poetry. She recently published a collection of essays Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way and a new book of poetry The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers. Alice is a committed activist and believes that developing compassion is a critical task each one of us must undertake. Her work powerfully articulates the issues she is most passionate about. She is interviewed by Caroline Baum and joined onstage by special guest Archie Roach.


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'Collin McDowell: Shopping for Miracles' At Sydney Writers' Festival - Thursday 22 May 2014

Colin McDowell is one of the world's top fashion commentators, who for the last 15 years  has been a fashion writer for The Sunday Times style section and has has written 22 books on fashion, including his lavishly illustrated latest book, The Anatomy of Fashion. With humour, gossip and some surprising facts, Colin examines why we dress the way we do and how fashion changed and evolved over the centuries.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'PEN Free Voices Lecture' at Sydney Writers' Festival - Thursday 22 May 2014

Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author and journalist with a long career in politics, the media, business and non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. Anne's 2014 Sydney PEN Free Voices Lecture titled "Why are we even having this Conversation: the Politics of who is able to say what in Australia Today" examines how current politics and media operations limit freedom of expression.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Out Of The Ashes' at Sydney Writers' Festival - Thursday 22 May 2014

Ian Buruma, Frank Dikötter and Sheila Fitzpatrick discuss the wide-ranging effects the of war on nations and returning soldiers. Using WWII as a case study, these leading thinkers on the topic discuss the far-reaching implications of war for both for nations and for individuals. And, most importantly, they consider the psychological effects of war on returning soldiers? Chair: Hamish McDonald.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Lynne Segal: The March of Time' at Sydney Writers' Festival - Friday 23 May 2014

Australian-born, Britain-based social activist, feminist, author and academic Lynne Segal has turned her formidable gaze towards the thorny issue of ageing. Lynne’s new book Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing, has garnered widespread acclaim for its unflinching look at the perceptions and anticipation of aging. She discusses her work and reflects on her own life, times and the ageing process. Chair: Tracey Spicer.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'The Madonna Whore and Other Fictions' at Sydney Writers Festival - Friday 23 May 2014

Gold-digger, dumb blonde, mother, inspiration ... There are so many labels given to women throughout their lives. How does the way women are treated in society affect us all?  Tara Moss, Nakkiah Lui, Emma Donoghue and Kate Ceberano examine the common fictions about women.  In this challenging and entertaining discussion with compere Tracy Spicer, they take on old fictions, one woman at a time.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Literary Friendships: Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti' At Sydney Writers' Festival- 23rd May

Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti met in Paris in 1995, and continued their friendship across continents and decades. Happily, they now live in adjacent suburbs and meet regularly in the school playground. They talk about how it was that a playwright and an architect found a way to collaborate, and the genesis and journey of ‘Alphabetical Sydney’.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

'Arab Autumn' at Sydney Writers' Festival 24 May 2014

In the three years since the outbreak of uprisings optimistically known as the Arab Spring, things haven't gone as many had originally hoped. The old regimes may be broken, but what has taken their place? Yasmine El Rashidi (The Battle for Egypt), Karima Bennoune (Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here) and Lucia Sorbera (Arab Modernities: Nation, Narration) share their views, personal experiences and expertise on the present and future of the region with David Hardaker.

'A.M. Homes: May we be Forgiven' at Sydney Writers' Festival- Saturday 24th May 2014

A.M. Homes’s latest novel May We Be Forgiven, winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), is a breathtakingly dark satire of modern America.  A.M. talks about her writing with Susan Wyndham, giving insight into how she explores, and illuminates, the dark and surreal undercurrents of everyday life.
Thanks to the University of Sydney for this podcast.

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