Sydney Writers' Festival at PHIVE

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Sydney Writers' Festival at PHIVE

22nd - 26th May


Sydney Writers’ Festival brings together a broad and engaged community around the sharing of books, writing and ideas. Every Sydney Writer's Festival hosts brilliant storytellers across all forms in a thoughtful, challenging, riotous fun week-long celebration of writing, books and ideas.

Check out the Sydney Writer's Festival 2024 events happening at PHIVE.

Yumna Kassab: Politica

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Born and raised in Western Sydney, Yumna has let her connection to Parramatta shape her writing over the years. Her latest novel Politica is a timely exploration of the lasting impact of war and revolution on a town, its people, and their lives.

Wed 22nd May - 6pm 

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Hedley Thomas: The Teacher's Pet (Sold Out)

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With an extensive career in investigative journalism, Walkley Award winning Hedley Thomas is familiar with uncovering the truth. His 2018 hit podcast The Teacher’s Pet did just that, seeing justice brought to the 1980s cold case of Sydney nurse Lynette Simms. 

Sat 25th May - 10am

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Holly Ringland: The House That Joy Built

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Holly's first non-fiction book, The House that Joy Built, is inspired by the many readers who've asked her advice about finding the courage to create. This positive, powerful and practical guide offers a jump-start to anyone whose imagination has been flattened by fear, offering hard-won wisdom on getting unstuck and finding your voice.

Sun 26th May - 3pm

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Presented by Sydney Writers' Festival with support from PHIVE.

PHIVE sits on the lands and waters of the Burramattagal of the Dharug nation and we acknowledge Burramatta as significant place of ceremony, story and tradition. We pay our respects to Dharug Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future and extend our respect to all First Nations people joining this program and visiting PHIVE.