The schedule for the 2022 Sydney Writers Festival (SWF), which runs from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd May, has been announced.
Themed ‘Change My Mind’, the 25th SWF features 234 events with nearly 400 guests appearing via live and in-person broadcast at venues including Carriageworks, Sydney Town Hall and 26 suburban venues and libraries across Sydney. The festival’s opening night at Sydney Town Hall will feature Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jackie Huggins and Nardi Simpson, while the closing keynote will be given by Chloe Hooper at Carriageworks.
Three international guests will appear at the festival in person: South African Booker Prize 2021 winner Damon Galgut, American writer Hanya Yanagihara and American human rights lawyer and activist Derecka Purnell. International guests appearing via the live stream include writers Rebecca Solnit, Claudia Rankine, Julian Barnes, Sarah Winman, Torrey Peters, Johann Hari, Art Spiegelman and Jennifer Egan.
Launched at SWF 2021, the dual-author spotlight returns in 2022, showcasing authors of Australian books published in the past year. Among the 26 events in the series are Miles Allinson & Emily Bitto; Maxine Beneba Clarke & Omar Musa; Liane Moriarty & Caroline Overington; Michelle de Kretser and Christos Tsiolkas; and Jennifer Down and Hannah Kent.
The Your Favorites’ Favorites series features established Australian writers interviewing the author of their favorite Australian debut album of the past year. Series events include Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Mehreen Faruqi; Trent Dalton and David Williamson; and Evelyn Araluen & Ennis Cehic. Other special events include musical dramas with Casey Bennetto; the Change My Mind Storytelling Gala featuring 12 festival-themed storytellers; and a Party Room Live political event with Barrie Cassidy, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.
Nearly a quarter of SWF 2022 events are free, including the Family Day Curiosity and Big Backyard Speaker Series, which takes place as part of Family Day on Sunday, May 22. The day includes guests such as Adam Goodes, Corey Tutt, Sami Bayly, Remy Lai, Josh Pyke and Morris Gleitzman, while All-Day YA on Saturday May 21 features authors such as Felicity Castagna, Amie Kaufman, Kay Kerr, Astrid Scholte and Jared. Thomas.
The Live & Local program will return to broadcast Carriageworks Main Stage events to more than 45 community centers and libraries across the country.
Outgoing Artistic Director Michael Williams said: “The 2022 festival is underpinned by a sense of urgency and a dedication to change. It is a response to a world where public debate is increasingly polarized and toxic. We believe in literature and its role in articulating and shaping a better way.We believe that it is more than words.We believe that a writers festival is more than just a speech.
“For a week in May, leave behind the shouting matches, doomscrolling and white noise of everyday life. Read, listen, speak and take the time – with respect, empathy, imagination and your most open and changeable mind. – at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2022. ‘
To see the full SWF 2022 schedule, visit the website.
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