Sydney Writers’ Festival

Returning to The Concourse in May

The Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to The Concourse this May with three sensational events – featuring two author talks by renowned Chinese author Xinran and Major Michael Mori, who represented Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, as well as comedian David Walliams in The Whopping World of Walliams.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (18 May – 24 May) brings together authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, including some of the world’s leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists. The programme is driven by ideas and issues that animate all forms of writing.

“I am thrilled that the Sydney Writers’ Festival will return to The Concourse in 2015, enriching our local community and beyond with the insight, creativity, knowledge and storytelling by renowned entertainer David Walliams, respected Chinese author Xinran and the fascinating story of Major Michael Mori,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

The Concourse will host the following events as part of the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival program.

Xinran: Buy Me the Sky
xinran_64512.30pm, Wednesday 20 May
Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Bookings: 9777 7900
Author Xinran tells the remarkable stories of men and women born and raised under China’s single-child policy. From the business man’s son unable to pack his own suitcase, to the PhD student who pulled herself out of extreme rural poverty, Xinran shows how these generations embody the hopes and fears of a great nation at a time of unprecedented change.
Michael Mori: In the Company of Cowards
MichaelMori12.30pm, Friday 22 May
Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Bookings: 9777 7900
In 2003, Major Michael Mori was working as a military defence lawyer when David Hicks’s case file landed on his desk. In the Company of Cowards is Mori’s account of his growing alarm and gradual disillusionment with the way the US and Australian governments abandoned the basic values of due process and equality before the law.
The Whopping World of Walliams
Walliams-David6.30pm, Friday 22 May
The Concourse Concert Hall, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Adults $20, Children under 16 $15, Family $60
Bookings: 1300 795 012Immerse yourself in the world of David Walliams! From demon dentists to gangsta grannies, David talks about his work, reads from his bestselling books and answers all your questions with host Gretel Killeen. Come dressed as your favourite David Walliams book character to really get in on the action!

For the full program of events and writers, visit

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