Carriageworks and Sydney Writers’ Festival partner to present talks by international authors in March

Carriageworks and Sydney Writers’ Festival are partnering to present a Sydney Writers’ Festival Carriageworks Edition with two talks by internationally renowned authors: Simon Winchester, for his only Sydney appearance to discuss his new biography Pacific Ocean, and Andrew O’Hagan author of The Illuminations, which was long-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

The public will have a chance to join bestselling author Simon Winchester as he speaks about his new biography of the Pacific Ocean, a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination. From silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs to brutal dictators, fading empires and the coming collision of the world’s superpowers, Winchester’s storytelling is second to none.

Winchester is the author of The Surgeon of CrowthorneA Crack in the Edge of the WorldKrakatoa and The Map that Changed the World. He’s also  been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to journalism and literature.

In 2007 Andrew O’Hagan gave one of the most memorable talks in the history of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Now attendees will have a chance to hear Andrew speaking about his new novel, The Illuminations, which was long-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. A novel which was described by the New York Times as ‘a howl against the war in Afghanistan and the societies that have blindly abetted it, and a multilayered, deeply felt tale of family, loss, memory, art, loyalty, secrecy and forgiveness.’

Andrew O’Hagan has been described as one of his generation’s most exciting and most serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. He was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003 and since then has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award.

Sydney Writers’ Festival Artistic Director Jemma Birrell said, “I’m delighted to be co-presenting these extraordinary writers, Simon Winchester & Andrew O’Hagan at Carriageworks, as part of our mini March Festival. It will give our audiences a taste of the wonderful things to come at the May Festival and reflects our ongoing partnership with Carriageworks.”

Simon Winchester:
Thursday 3 March 2016 6pm
Adult $35
Concession $25

Andrew O’Hagan:
Thursday 3 March 2016 8pm
Adult $35
Concession $25


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