Big names at the 2014 Varuna and Sydney Writers’ Festival

VarunaFrom Varuna Writers House, left, tickets are selling fast to this year’s Varuna and Sydney Writers Festival Blue Mountains Program. The main program, featuring national and international authors, will be held at the Art Deco¬†Carrington Hotel on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th May from 10am to 5:30pm plus special evening events from 6-7pm both nights.

Highlights include Richard Flanagan talking with Geordie Williamson about his amazing novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North; and the Irish novelist Emma Donoghue chatting with Kate Fagan about her Booker-nominated novel Room and her intriguing new work Frog Music.

In a session that has created a great deal of interest, Bob Carr will talk with Bob Debus about the latest chapter of his extraordinary career with his controversial new book Diary of a Foreign Minister. In a complete change of subject and pace, and fresh from her appearances on QI, the Danish-English comedian Sandi Toksvig interrogates the history and relevance of modern manners with hilarious results in Peas and Queues. She talks with Stephen Measday on Tuesday at 1:30pm.

One of the standout events in the program is on Monday 19th May at 6pm: this year’s Eric Dark Memorial Lecture, presented by Clive Hamilton. Clive is an eminent Australian author and public intellectual whose books include Growth Fetish, Affluenza, What’s Left: The death of social democracy, Silencing Dissent and Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change. In this year’s lecture, Clive references his new book Earthmasters, discussing humanity’s options in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Mixing with these eminent national and international authors will be local poets and debut novelists such as Felicity Castagna, Sally Piper and Annah Faulkner, who have been helped by Varuna’s publishing programs. It will be interesting to hear about their progress to publication.
More details, including the full program & how to book tickets, are on the website.


Sydney Writers Festival comes to Katoomba

Varuna the houseAdvance notice from Varuna Writers House (pictured):

Once again Varuna with Sydney Writers’ Festival will feature signature events in the Blue Mountains, centred on the beautifully-restored Art Deco Carrington Hotel.

Please mark these dates in your diary:

The main program, featuring international and national authors, will be held at the Carrington on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th May.

Another highlight will be on the previous day, Sunday 18th with the magical ‘Poetry and Music at the Jenolan Caves’.

And opening at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on Friday 16 May will be an exhibition of poetry and illustrations inspired by Mountain stories and legends, from the Black and Blue group; along with an exhibition of indigenous stories and artworks: ‘Stories from the Mountains,’ and ‘Stories from the Sea’.

More details, including the full program will be released in early April on the Varuna website: Varuna