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Sydney Writers’ Festival etched in mind

Jazz Money (how to make a basket) and Evelyn Araluen (Dropbear) featured with Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa) (Red Room Poetry Senior Producer) in a wide-ranging discussion about creativity and climate change in a stimulating session at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival in May.

These stellar First Nations writers were interviewed by fellow Indigenous author Tony Birch (The White Girl, Whisper Songs, Dark as Last Night).

I was also lucky enough to be at Carriageworks in Eveleigh to see Sarah Winman (Still Life) in discussion with Ailsa Piper (and now you can listen to the podcast), Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Tribe, The Lebs and The Other Half of You) and Mehreen Faruqi (Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud).

And to appreciate a poignant remembrance of writers past hosted by Susan Wyndham, with Jackie Huggins (Sister Girl) on bell hooks, Sarah Krasnostein (The Believer) on Joan Didion, Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip) on Keri Hulme; and Clem Bastow (Late Bloomer) on Stephen Sondheim.

Change My Mind was a great theme and an inspiring festival!

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