HIPPOS IN THE THAMES – TIM FLANNERY

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In his book, Europe: A Natural History, Australian palaeontologist and conservationist Tim Flannery explores Europe’s surprising deep past, and how it might inform the future. Discover a pre-history when hippos swam the Thames and giant carnivorous hedgehogs roamed Italy.
In conversation with writer, journalist and CEO of Writing NSW Jane McCredie.
Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Tim Flannery  in conversation with Jane McCredie.
Venue:  The Grand Dining Room, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

EXTRAORDINARY TRUTH, EXTRAORDINARY LIES – JESSIE COLE AND VICKI LAVEAU-HARVIE

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Jessie Cole and Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s incredibly powerful memoirs have told two very different stories of family, secrets, forgiveness, and finding a way to make sense of it all.

In conversation with author, journalist and commentator Benjamin Law.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Jessie Cole and Vicki Laveau-Harvie in conversation with Benjamin Law
Venue:  The Grand Dining Room, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

WORKSHOP: WRITER CONVERSATIONS

As a special festival event, Varuna offers you the opportunity to have a one-on-one 30-minute consultation with Dr Carol Major, one of Varuna’s most experienced writing mentors.

Bookings essential.

Date:
Sunday 25th August
Time: Sessions available between 1pm and 4pm
Individual session:  $60
Facilitator:   Dr Carol Major
Event:  Workshop
Venue:  Varuna the National Writers’ House, 141 Cascade St Katoomba

GIRLS ARE COMING OUT OF THE WOODS – TISHANI DOSHI

Tishani Doshi (INDIA) is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent.

Her most recent books are a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, and a novel, Small Days and Nights.

In conversation with writer and musician Kate Fagan.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:   Tishani Doshi in conversation with Kate Fagan.
Venue:  The Grand Dining Room, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

VISIT VARUNA

Visit Varuna, the National Writers’ House, and tour the house and gardens that have nurtured the work of Australia’s best writers for almost 30 years.

View our library of Australian writers and poets, hear about our new green energy initiatives and find out about our annual programs for writers.

Places strictly limited.

Tickets:  $5
Venue:  Varuna, the National Writers’ House, 141 Cascade St, Katoomba

POETRY BY THE FIRE

Join local and visiting poets around the fire pit in the Varuna garden.

Bring your own poem to read, or simply sit, listen and enjoy the magical ambience of the Writers’ House.

One of the most well-loved events in the festival program.

Tickets:  FREE
Venue: Varuna, the National Writers’ House, 131 Cascade Street, Katoomba

NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS – BEHROUZ BOOCHANI

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Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish–Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker.
A refugee, he has been imprisoned by our government since 2013.

His memoir No Friend But the Mountains won the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature and a 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

He speaks live from Manus Island, and will be joined by Omid Tofighian who translated Behrouz’s book from Farsi by text message.

In conversation with publisher, writer and critic Geordie Williamson.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Behrouz Boochani with Omid Tofighian, in conversation with Geordie Williamson.
Venue:  The Grand Dining Room, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

BRIDGE OF CLAY – MARKUS ZUSAK

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Markus Zusak is the international bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay.

His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing him as one of the most successful Australian authors.

In conversation with writer Roanna Gonsalves.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Markus Zusak in conversation with  Roanna Gonsalves.
Venue:  The Grand Dining Room, Carrington Hotel, 15 – 47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available