Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sydney Writers' Festival News

Event: Jared Diamond - What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies

Join us this coming Monday for an evening with Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel.
Jared will speak about his new book, The World Until Yesterday, which provides a mesmerising picture of the human past as it was for millions of years. Diamond considers what the differences between that past and the present mean for our lives today.
Diamond draws from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people and others. He finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk and physical fitness have much to teach us.
Jared will then be joined on stage by Natasha Mitchell, presenter of ABC Radio National's Life Matters program, for a discussion about his work.
'Ambitious and erudite, drawing on Diamond's seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of fields such as anthropology, sociology, linguistics, physiology, nutrition and evolutionary biology. Diamond is a Renaissance man, a serious scholar and an audacious generalist' - The Chicago Tribute
This event is proudly supported by the University of New South Wales.
Where: City Recital Hall Angel Place
When: Monday 18 February 2013, 6.30pm
Tickets: $30 General Admission, $25 Concession

Wondering what to expect at Monday night's event with Jared Diamond? Watch a fascinating video introduction to his latest work here.

Neil Gaiman at SWF - Recordings Now Online

On January 25 we presented "An Evening with Neil Gaiman" at City Recital Hall. It was an unforgetttable night of stories, music, singing and magic.
As a very special part of the event, Neil read from his forthcoming novel The Ocean At The End Of The Lane and answered questions from the audience. You can listen to both the reading and the Q&A here.
You can also watch a video of Neil's reading as recorded by SlowTV here.

Welcome New Board Member Lena Nahlous

We are delighted to welcome Lena Nahlous to the Sydney Writers' Festival board.
Lena has more than 16 years experience in arts, cultural and media organisations, most recently as the Executive Director of Western Sydney based company Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE).
Lena Nahlous has managed screen and digital media-based initiatives that have engaged thousands of people, particularly women, refugees, migrants and young people. She established Artfiles, an employment and engagement program for Western Sydney artists, the Switch Digital Arts Access Centre and was a co-founder of the Sydney Arab Film Festival. In 2006 she was a recipient of an Asialink Arts Fellowship to Hong Kong and in 2008 completed the Asialink Leadership program. She sat on the NSW Government Arts Advisory Committee, participated in the Australia 2020 Summit and has been named by Creative Sydney one of Sydney's 100 creative catalysts.

WestWords Western Sydney Writers Fellowships

Applications for the 2013 WestWords Western Sydney Writers Fellowships close this Friday.
The WestWords Western Sydney Writers Fellowships offers three Fellowships of $7,000 each to emerging and established writers aged 16 years and over from the Greater Western Sydney region.
To be considered you must be able to demonstrate a strong and recent connection to the Greater Western Sydney region.
For more information click here.

SWF Appoints Publicist Team for 2013

Well known publicist and literary agent Benython Oldfield of Zeitgeist Media Group has been appointed Festival Publicist for SWF 2013. Benython has worked in media and publishing for almost two decades. He was a producer at ABC Radio, Channel 7, and Radio 2UE. At Zeitgeist he has worked with The Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Shanghai International Literary Festival, and has managed publicity campaigns for The Australia-Asia Literary Prize, Aboriginal Studies Press, Affirm Press, Allen & Unwin, NewSouth Books, Random House, University of Queensland Press, University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP), Murdoch Books and Scribe.  Benython started with the Festival on February 4 and can be contacted at the SWF offices, on his mobile (0410 355 790) or by email
Emma Noble of Noblewords will join SWF 2013 in April as Associate Publicist, collaborating with Benython and focusing on the Festival's suburban, regional and community press campaigns. Emma has nearly 15 years experience working in publishing in London and Sydney. Over the years Emma has planned and executed publicity campaigns for some of the world's best known authors, such as Ian Rankin, Antony Beevor, Barry Humphries, AC Grayling and Kate Mosse. Emma can be contacted via
Both publicists have had a long personal and professional association with the SWF, and are welcome additions to the Festival team for 2013.

WIN Tickets to Academy Award Nominated Film, Rebelle

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Nominated for the this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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