Date: Friday 26 May, 2017

Hours: 1:30pm to 2:30pm, and 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Venue: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (Saltbush Kitchen/Bar open)

Cost: $5.00, teens go free (13 – 19) (PG)

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay direct to MADE on 26–28 May. Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to MADE in real time via digital live-streaming project, Live & Local.

James Shapiro

James Shapiro: 1606 The Year of Lear

Fri 26 May, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

James Shapiro’s latest book on the Shakespeare 1606: The Year of Lear was listed among the best books of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal, The Times Supplement and The Guardian. He speaks with Tom Wright about 1606: the year that produced King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. In James’ deft hands, quantities of research become a brisk and animated history, as he illuminates Shakespeare’s bursts of creativity against the backdrop of a ‘troubled national mood’.

Susan Faludi

Susan Faludi: In The Dark Room

Fri 26 May, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash Susan Faludi learned her estranged 76-year-old father had undergone gender confirmation surgery, she began examining the meaning of identity. Susan also analysed her enigmatic father and her own family’s haunted past. She talks to Sofija Stefanovic about In the Darkroom, in which she crossed borders – historical, political, religious and sexual – to confront the question of the age: is identity something we choose or is it something we can’t escape?

Sydney Writers Festival: Live and Local
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