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Musically literate

April 4, 2009


I have slowly but surely grown fond of the Sydney Writers Festival over the years. The program always brings up a wealth of talent willing to talk about their own written word and the state of play in the writers world right now. The amount of subjects covered are wide and varied and the type of events put on vary from readings, workshops, forums to even films. Last year I attended an interesting forum of the current state of music book writing within Australia which was pretty engrossing, if not for the authors (the fascinating author of Pig City – Andrew Stafford was speaking amonst the panellists), it’s worth going for the interesting attendees as well (it’s probably safe to say that the writers festival do bring out the eccentrics).

This years program came out earlier this week, and there is some interesting music discussions this year as well to happen in late May. The most interesting thing in that bunch of events I’m thinking that I will be head to is the Sydney Morning Herald music writer, Bernard Zuel’s chats with Melbourne muso Stephen Cummings on the 23rd of May and his chat with Sarah Blasko on the 24th. Cummings has many delightfully funny stories to tell in his memoirs called Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?. I anticipate this talk won’t be any different. Sarah Blasko will also be chatting about the whole process of songwriting with Bernard.

Another guest who I am very keen to see is Emmanuel Jal. A former Sudanese child soldier who turned to hip hop years later after a fairly extraordinary story of escaping capture from the SPLA and befriending British aid workers. His new album Warchild is a fairly dark work which also was released alongside his a movie about his life and a book which he has penned – both also called Warchild. He’ll be having a talk alongside Annette Shun Wah who used to host that great ABC live music show, Studio 22.

A lot of these artists cross into other talks as well throughout the festival, and which will also be intriguing to see, and of course there is a whole heap of other great things as well non music related. One of them being a talk by the founder of Stuff White People Like, Christian Lander.

Sydney Writers Festival website

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink*
    April 5, 2009 9:32 pm

    I feel shallow that I would be most excited seeing the Stuff White People Like dude.

  2. Philippe permalink
    April 5, 2009 10:06 pm


  3. Nick permalink*
    April 6, 2009 1:54 pm


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