2014 / Friday

The Writers’ Festival opening night party: Fun and frolic in Tudor fashion

The 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival kicked off in Shakespearean fashion with a Tudor-styled opening party. Guests enjoyed a feast fit for royalty with a hearty carvery, plentiful cheese spread, and fine wine.

The decorated streetscape on the Walsh Bay pier was buzzing with Australia’s literary, media and entertainment glitterati. The guest list including award-winning producers Emile and Caroline Sherman, actor Steve Bisley, the ABC’s Paul Barry, Richard Glover, Michaela Kalowski, and Annabel Crabb, Triple J’s Kyran Wheatley and Tom Tilley, and writers Debra Oswald and Andrew Solomon, who gave the opening speech at this year’s Festival.

Guests mingled and enjoyed the festivities as this year’s ‘thinking season’ was officially launched. The night was complemented by jazz band, The Swinging Gypsies, which had some guests tearing up the dance floor.

Photographs by Blake Sharp-Wiggins and Courtney Fry

Screen writer and producer Ross Grayson Bell with film producers Emile and Caroline Sherman

Screen writer and producer Ross Grayson Bell with film producers Emile and Caroline Sherman

Researcher and producer Michaela Kalowski (ABC), author David Francis and Jenelle Sanna

Researcher and producer Michaela Kalowski (ABC), author David Francis and Jenelle Sanna

Margot Saville (Crikey), author and columnist Benjamin Law, Sharon Verghis (The Australian), author Brigid Delaney and author and journalist Annabel Crabb (ABC)

Margot Saville (Crikey), author and columnist Benjamin Law, Sharon Verghis (The Australian), author Brigid Delaney and author and journalist Annabel Crabb (ABC)

Author and columnist Ruth Ritchie (Sydney Morning Herald) and author and television presenter Maeve O’Meara (SBS)

Author and columnist Ruth Ritchie (Sydney Morning Herald) and author and television presenter Maeve O’Meara (SBS)

Louisa Graham (Walkley Foundation) and actor Steve Bisley

Louisa Graham (Walkley Foundation) and actor Steve Bisley

Kyran Wheatley (Triple J), Alexandra Fletcher (Vice) and Tom Tilley (Triple J)

Kyran Wheatley (Triple J), Alexandra Fletcher (Vice) and Tom Tilley (Triple J)

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