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Queer thinkers put down their pens to attend Sydney Writers’ Festival
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Queer thinkers put down their pens to attend Sydney Writers’ Festival

CREATED ON // Wednesday, 14 May 2014 Author // Sabine Brix

Pick up your pens and prick up your ears, for ‘it’s thinking season’ and the  Sydney Writers’ Festival is set to kick off and play host to some groundbreaking authors from within the wider literary and LGBTI community.

With over 400 authors including more than 40 internationals and hundreds of Australian authors,  Sydney Writers’ Festival will play host to some uber-thought provoking events throughout the CBD, suburban Sydney, Walsh Bay and regional NSW. They will challenge your concept of culture, history and identity.

Both opening and closing addresses are delivered by international gay and lesbian authors.

American author Andrew Solomon who will deliver the opening night address is both an activist and philanthropist in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. Solomon’s latest book  Far From the Tree, tells the stories of hundreds of families affected by disability and difference and makes the case that it’s diversity that unites us.

The closing address will be delivered by Irish-born Emma Donoghue who has previously received the Stonewall Book Award for her 1997 novel Hood and whose most recent novels include Room and Frog Music. Donoghue will speak about the transformative powers of literature: the way it invites, provokes, charms, challenges and troubles readers.

Authors from within the LGBTI community attending the festival are Sandi Toksvig, A. M Homes, Colin McDowell, Andrew Solomon and Alice Walker (The Colour Purple) while some of our favourite local queer authors Benjamin Law and Christos Tsiolkas will chair events. Other dynamic authors set to engage audience members include Amy Tan, David Malouf, Jacques Roubaud and satirical writer Gary Shteyngart.

Check out the hilarious trailer for Shteyngart's novel Little Failure: A Memoir featuring James Franco as his husband.

[Cover Image] Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Benjamin Law kicked off this year's festival.

The Sydney Writers Festival runs from 19-25 May.

Andrew Soloman: Opening Address Tuesday May 20 6:30 – 8:00 For tickets click here

Emma Donoghue Closing Address: Giving Readers What They (Don’t know they) Want: Sunday May 25 4:30 – 5:30 For tickets click here

For a full list of authors attending the Sydney Writers Festival http://www.swf.org.au/

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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