Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for his brilliant satire of
Thatcher's London, The
Line of Beauty, Hollinghurst will discuss his latest novel, The Stranger's Child. The Stranger's Child casts
a longer gaze, beginning with the story of two families and two houses on
the eve of World War I before coursing through the 20th century to tell a
larger story of England -- and of its truths secreted by time. Alan Hollinghurst will appear in conversation with Sydney
Writers' Festival artistic director Chip Rolley. Presented with thanks to Adelaide Writers' Week. Book tickets here.
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SMH Younger Writer Years 7 to 9
Younger Writers, ahoy! It’s time to dust off your
great story ideas! Sydney Writers’ Festival has teamed up with The Sydney Morning Herald
to offer a creative writing competition for anyone in Years 7-9 in NSW
and ACT. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a writer, or just enjoy
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and then continue the story in your own words. Entry forms and story
starters are available online here. Entries close 5pm Monday 9 April.
Man Book Club: The Stranger's
Sydney Writers’ Festival is delighted to be presenting
Alan Hollinghurst on March 9 at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium
of Music. With this in mind, we have selected his latest novel, The Stranger’s Child,
longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as this month’s book club choice. ‘A polished and often beautiful novel, tough-minded yet
elegiac, that confirms Hollinghurst's place at the beating heart of
contemporary English lit.’ The
Australian. Join the conversation on our Man Book Club page here.
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