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message 1: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments Well I've got my tickets booked. Is anyone else going?

Who has something other than The Chaser circled in their list of events?

http://thetysonadams.blogspot.com/201...


message 2: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
I'm still not sure Tyson...my book club is organising something, as far as I know...:)


message 3: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments I guess we're the only two keen to go. Although I am travelling from WA so need to be a bit more organised.


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★  | 3067 comments Cassandra Clare, Morris Gleitzman, Ursula Dubosarsky...some great writers attending.
Of course I wont be going over for the festival :(
However, if Patrick Ness was to make an appearance, I would book my tickets immediately :)


message 5: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Would love to go but I'm saving my pennies!!! Have fun Tyson & whoever else can make it!!!


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments I'm going probably all day Thursday and maybe some on the weekend as well. Heaps of free stuff and not all geared towards writers. My husband is coming along to hear some of the political lectures. What a great program.


message 7: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
I hope you really enjoy yourself Laura. I'd love to be going, but I've just remembered my book club was organising something, (thanks for your timely reminder) and I haven't heard from them. Just tried to ring someone, but no answer :(


message 8: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Have fun Laura & please let us know how the festival went & you too Brenda if you go:)


message 9: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Well, looks like I won't be going...just got in contact, they are going Friday, and we have an appointment that I don't think can be changed, that morning...:( So I'll be anxious to hear how it goes too Laura. I'd love to see Markus Zusak! :(


message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments My problem is I've selected about 100 sessions I want to attend starting at 9 or 10 and ending at about 5 every day. If I attend 1/10th of them I'll still be overloaded.

Fingers crossed this weather holds and I can walk across the harbour bridge to start and end the day!


message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited May 17, 2011 08:46PM) (new)

Hmmm, I promised myself I was going to attend the fesitval this year. :(

Next year....


message 12: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments What a shame Brenda!!
Laura, my goodness your brain will be mush by the end of the day, maybe a walk across the bridge might fix that!!


message 13: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Oh Gail, what a bummer, make a promise to yourself for next year & mark it on the calendar!!!


message 14: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Gail «Cyborg» wrote: "Hmmm, I prommised myself I was going to attend the fesitval this year. :(

Next year...."


Maybe we can set a goal to both go next year Gail, I'll meet you there! Would be fun! :)


message 15: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments I catch my flight tomorrow morning. I've booked in for a lot of sessions ranging from writing workshops to politics sessions. I tried to get a ticket to the First Tuesday Bookclub filming but they went quick.

Laura, I may see you there!


message 16: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Have a wonderful time Tyson!


message 17: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Lucky you Tyson, should be fabulous!! Will be expecting a report on your return:)


message 18: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 123 comments I'm going to a couple of sessions tomorrow afternoon - one on character and one on editing - maybe something else if I get a ticket.


message 19: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Have fun Cathy! :)


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments Have you checked out all the free sessions? They're first come first served and some really interesting topics - not just about writing and books either. I've got a long list with back-ups in case the sessions I want are full (which I expect them all to be before session start time - at that price they should be).


message 21: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 123 comments Laura wrote: "Have you checked out all the free sessions? They're first come first served and some really interesting topics - not just about writing and books either. I've got a long list with back-ups in case ..."

Yes - the two I want to go to are free, except I'm considering booking for the Tea Obrecht session. I usually try to go to anything on editing because there aren't that many offered, especially from an international perspective.


message 22: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
American author, Philip Roth has taken out the prestigeous Man Booker International Prize, announced yesterday at the Sydney writer's festival... http://www.theherald.com.au/news/nati...


message 23: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments I spent the day yesterday at the SWF and attended 5 different sessions. 3 of them turned people away at the door. The size of the crowds was amazing. And I had a great time.

The sessions I attended were quite varied: 2 Thriller writers discussing the genre (I'm going to get one of their books from my local library, sounded great); a journalist who attended Julian Assange's trial discussing him, journalism and secrecy/privacy issues; Pitch sessions where people were picked from the audience to pitch their book in 2 minutes and then receive feedback from 3 international publishers; a discussion between a local publisher, a Norwegian publisher and a childrens' books author; a discussion between two editors from major publishers in the US & UK

All of them were free! Most were, if not totally enlightening, at least interesting. I'm going back on Sunday for mainly current event type sessions. Unfortunately the David Hicks session is totally booked out but they suggest queuing to see if there are any empty seats. From what I saw yesterday, queues form 45 minutes before sessions so I don't like my chances.


message 24: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Wow Laura what a jampacked day you had, sounds like it was a fabulous!


message 25: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
That sounds so awesome Laura...what a wonderfully interesting day! Have fun on Sunday too! :)


message 26: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments WARNING - REALLY LONG POST ..... sorry, I couldn't say it in less words.

Okay, the festival is over. Anyone else go and what did they think?

I LOVED it inordinately. I went to 5 more sessions on Sunday and all participants had books out but didn't talk about writing at all, only about their subjects. It was more like back at Uni days listening to topic experts discussing a current event.

First up was the economy and the environment - basically, how many people can the planet sustain, at what level, how will the economy have to change because of the crisis of lack of resource.

2nd was China vs America in this region - as China approaches the level of economic strength of the US will they assert that power in the APAC region, would the US be able to stop them if it wanted to, how will countries like Japan, Korea and Aus who have strong US biases cope?

3 was the Israel question - a Palestinian (apparently Obama referred to him in this week's speech) and a Jew discussed Palestine and Israel (both on the side of Palestine but with different visions).

4 was a discussion on Democracy, the forms it takes, what it means for countries without democracies (like China) to be so successful financially and what the democratic wave in the mid-east might yield.

And finally, the best event I've seen in a LONG time (if ever) was David Hicks. It was his first public appearance since he published his book. It was a "discussion" (though really kind of an interview) with another author - a female journalist, pacifist who voluntarily became a human shield in the Iraq war. They agreed they had a lot in common. People saw them as naive, they had a passion for helping others, they were misunderstood. For the first time I heard Hicks' story and the explanation behind what he was doing which was really trying to help out in Kashmir as he had met some Kashmiries on his travels (he'd wanted to travel the silk route and went to Pakistan with the idea of starting from there) and heard their stories of murder, rape, torture... at the hands of the Indians. He joined a paramilitary group supported by the Pakistani govt to help them. He did some standard military training in the hills of Pakistan where the border with Afghanistan is virtually non-existent and was captured in a camp that was on the Afghan side. He never fired a shot, never trained with or met anyone from Al Queada (that he knew of), never had any plans other than going into to Kashmir to help the people there. Anyway, he talked a bit more about his past and some about his treatment at the hands of the Americans. VERY moving. He dropped out of school in the 9th grade but was incredibly articulate. A self-taught man. He was nervous speaking in front of 900 of us but did really well. He got a standing ovation (as did his father who was in the audience, two rows behind me with tears in his eyes). I've long thought regardless of what David Hicks did, he was treated in a horrid and illegal manner, now I think he actually did nothing wrong. I’ve got to read his book.

Sorry if that became more of a political rant than feedback on the festival, but it was an emotional session. But the whole day was really thought provoking and I ended up spending a few hours at the pub with friends I went with talking about democracy, governments, media, the environoment, justice…. Wow, a thought provoking event.


message 27: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Wow, Laura, thanks so much for your amazing feedback! That is so incredibly interesting, and I can imagine how awed you were. I am extremely jealous!! :)


message 28: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments Laura I'm surprised we didn't have a chat in one of the queues. I missed out on The Chaser due to the 700 people arriving for a 250 seat event (they let in 350). I got a lot out of Curt Stager and Naomi Orsekes' talks, plus I went to that economy and environment talk (I was the one asking about technology saving us). Bought so many books.

I'll be blogging about the event tomorrow once the fur-kid is worn out from fetch. thetysonadams.blogspot.com


message 29: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
That will be great to read, Tyson...will look forward to it:) Enjoy your fur-kid LOL


message 30: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments Tyson wrote: "Laura I'm surprised we didn't have a chat in one of the queues. I missed out on The Chaser due to the 700 people arriving for a 250 seat event (they let in 350). I got a lot out of Curt Stager and ..."

Ah Tyson - I remember your question - a great one. The problem was you also asked a second question and that was the one the speaker chose to devote most of his answer to.


message 31: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments Oh, and maybe we did chat in the queues - I met a lot of interesting people standing around for 30 minutes between each session. An invigorating couple of days.


message 32: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments Laura wrote: "Tyson wrote: "Laura I'm surprised we didn't have a chat in one of the queues. I missed out on The Chaser due to the 700 people arriving for a 250 seat event (they let in 350). I got a lot out of Cu..."
I had a chat with them both at the book signing about it. The problem with Tech is the lag period (as they discussed to some extent) and then the ability to address such a diverse and massive problem.

I've been talking about the flaw in economic theory for ages and it was great to hear someone else was taking it seriously.


message 33: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments Tyson wrote: "Laura wrote: "Tyson wrote: "Laura I'm surprised we didn't have a chat in one of the queues. I missed out on The Chaser due to the 700 people arriving for a 250 seat event (they let in 350). I got a..."

Yes, they did talk about the lag in technology being able to fix the problem. What worries me is that the alternative of global governmental action on things like a cap and trade plus a true environmental costing scheme is hardly something done at break-neck speed and even if a deal was done and dusted tomorrow, the lag in actually implementing and then achieving results is HUGE. I came away from the session more convinced were are almost certainly doomed.

The analagy used in the session of our response to the climate being potentially similar to our rapid and drastic response to WWII when multiple governments band together and take quick decisions is hardly a comforting one. Hiroshima as a "solution" is the result of that kind of pressure.


message 34: by Joanne (last edited May 23, 2011 05:09PM) (new)

Joanne (goodreadscomJoVo) | 262 comments Couldn't agree with you more, Laura. Our leaders' inability to think in any terms other than their own political survival is going to cost the earth. Australia should be out there really leading the world in alternative energy technology, and turning that into an economic key, not just shifting carbon credit deck chairs on the Titanic.


message 35: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments Yes it is disturbing. I read a couple of reports recently that opened my eyes. One was stating that Australia, using current technologies, could be completely serviced by renewable energy by 2020. We'd have to start replacing the power plants now of course. A similar report showed the world could do it by 2050 (current tech again) and would be half-way there by 2030.


message 36: by Laura (new)

Laura Rittenhouse | 200 comments Yep, so technology isn't slowing us down, our decision makers are. I liked the speaker warning of each country wanting to ride on the coat tails of everyone else. "We will keep poluuting because if everyone else stops, the earth is saved." What a sad indictment of humans.


message 37: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments My first post on the writers' festival. I intend on commenting on the sessions themselves tomorrow.
http://thetysonadams.blogspot.com/201...


message 38: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Love your post Tyson...very humerous, and informative!!! Can't wait for the next one!! :)


message 39: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments Thanks Brenda! I'm uploading the photos of the pile of signed books I bought at the event.


message 40: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Tyson wrote: "Thanks Brenda! I'm uploading the photos of the pile of signed books I bought at the event."

Oooo!! Jealous! ;)


message 41: by Carmel (last edited May 23, 2011 09:29PM) (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments OMG Tyson you made me laugh today, especially with your first point in your list of observations:
Writers' festivals are predominately attended by middle aged women who dream of being an author
& then:
Judging by the Sydney Dance Company's posters I need to see more productions: all the female dancers are hot and naked. LOL
This is a must read:)


message 42: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Agreed!!! Very funny!! :)


message 43: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments I may have gotten carried away with this post, it is my longest blog to date. Must be the head cold I've picked up. Yeah, I'll blame that.
http://thetysonadams.blogspot.com/201...


message 44: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Absolutely fabulous blog Tyson! Very interesting, and funny! I would have loved to have been there, especially to see Michael Connelly!


message 45: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments Thanks Brenda. I noticed that most of the sessions I attended were being filmed by the Big Ideas crew from the ABC. I would assume that they will start popping up on the site over the next fortnight or so.


message 46: by Brenda, Happily reading! (new)

Brenda | 49251 comments Mod
Will have to keep an eye out, thanks!


message 47: by Carmel (last edited Jun 14, 2011 07:18PM) (new)

Carmel (CarmelF) | 5479 comments Sydney Writer's Festival.roundup for those interested:)
A message from Chip Rolley - Artistic Director
We opened a Festival that placed the power of the writer centre stage, with an address by Fatima Bhutto on the crises faced by her native Pakistan. We knew the tenth anniversary of 9/11 would make this a topic of interest and we knew Bhutto would speak with her trademark rhetorical finesse. But how could we know that Osama Bin Laden would be killed in Pakistan just two weeks prior? Or that, later, the video of Bhutto's address would generate over 120,000 views (and climbing)?

There was every chance they would come out swinging in Food Fighters, but who knew they'd still be throwing punches long after we rang the bell?

We knew there would be debate and division in Porn Wars (thus the title), but couldn't have anticipated the battle continuing -- on television, in our newspapers and online -- even three weeks later....
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message 48: by Tyson (new)

Tyson Adams | 54 comments I actually found the video of the Porn Wars and Curt Stager's sessions online.
Porn Wars: http://blip.tv/slowtv/porn-wars-dines...

Curt Stager: http://blip.tv/slowtv/climate-whiplas...

The Porn Wars session was just annoying for the scientist in me. But yes, the rest of the event was great.


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