It’s that glorious time of year again for bookworms and budding authors alike: the start of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.
The festival has big shoes to fill after last years effort, which blew box office records away by earning more than $700,000 through the duration of the event.
The event will open with an address from Fatima Bhutto, author of Songs of Blood and Sword, about the dangers and corruptions in her home country in Pakistan.
Another highlight of the festival is an exclusive book signing with former imate at Guantanamo Bay, David Hicks. The festival will be his first public appearence since the book, Guantanamo: My Journey was released late last year.
The festival also features an appearence from Ingrid Betancourt, who surived six years in the Columbian jungle as a hostage and Téa Obreht, a rising literary star who was recently named on the The New Yorkers ‘Top 20 Under 40’ list.
A panel discussion with Australian and International authors on the nature of the WikiLeaks controversy as both a media outlet and a political effort is also set to draw crowds to festival.
The annual event will run for a week, from May 16 -22, and takes place in Sydney CBD and it’s suburban surrounds.
For more information on the festival and other events, please visit the Sydney Writer’s Festival’s website www.swf.org/