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People power the ace up the sleeve of investigative journalism
2016 / Sunday

People power the ace up the sleeve of investigative journalism

Cheyne Anderson “The secret weapon of investigative journalists are informants; informants and an enquiring mind,” said veteran journalist Quentin Dempster at the panel discussion he chaired, The Secret Weapons of Investigative Journalists, at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. In the packed Sydney Dance Theatre hall, the chair of the panel appeared to both begin and end … Continue reading

Finding the meaning in violence  may lead to ending violence
2016 / Sunday

Finding the meaning in violence may lead to ending violence

Charlotte Grieve Ritualistic sacrifice, wife-beating and torture-porn were among the topics canvassed by Philip Dwyer, founding director of the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, at the Festival’s final Curiosity lecture on Friday night. “The central question is not what is violence, but what makes violence in any given society?” … Continue reading

What Lifts You: spirits soar on angels’ wings
2016 / Sunday

What Lifts You: spirits soar on angels’ wings

Laurel Shaw-Adams Whether queuing for an event, browsing the book collections, or discussing literature over a glass of chardonnay, Kelsey Montague wants festival-goers to take a moment to think about what inspires them. Ms Montague is the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival artist-in-residence – an international street artist particularly known for her large-scale murals of angel … Continue reading

Mother Earth: guard her with your life
2016 / Sunday

Mother Earth: guard her with your life

Jennifer McMillan The Sydney Writers’ Festival discussion about our relationship with nature attracted some 800 people on Friday. On stage were acclaimed British author Jeanette Winterson, Australian writer, scientist and conservationist Tim Flannery and British writer James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd’s Life. The energy in the Roslyn Packer Theatre was palpable when Tim Flannery … Continue reading