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Addi Road Writers' Festival

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2023 marks the third birthday for one of the most innovative literary and storytelling events in Australia

Our theme this year is ‘Inner Worlds’

​Talks and panels about books, writing, politics and ideas will be accompanied by spoken word and music performances across three locations on site at the Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville.



$25 ($30 on the door) || $15 Concession/Students || Free Under-18s/Unemployed

All ticket proceeds go to Addi Road Food Relief.

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  • Bad Art Mother – Author Edwina Preston and poets Magdalena Ball and Gillian Swain discuss writing, motherhood and independence.
  • Pomegranates and Figs in Afghanistan – Author Zaheda Ghani reflects on war, family, tradition and displacement with Zarlasht Sawari.
  • Songwriting: Muse or Machination? – Murray Cook (Warumpi Band, Mixed Relations) speaks with Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens, REM) and Reg Mombassa (Mental As Anything, Dog Trumpet) about the lines between theft, influence and originality in music.
  • Inside and Outside the Wall – Contemporary Chinese artist Guo Jian joined the People’s Liberation Army in his youth, was a student witness fired on at Tiananmen Square, and was later expelled from the country due to his art. He discusses his life and work with author and Sinologist Linda Jaivin.​ Talk accompanied by slideshow.
  • Poetry for Beginners panel and workshop with Rico Craig and Tina Huang.
  • No Fixed Address – Pioneering Aboriginal rock n reggae band open up about their history and songs with biographer Donald Robertson. A brief acoustic performance follows from principle songwriters Ricky Harrison and Bart Willoughby.
  • Life in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Antony Loewenstein, author of The Palestine Laboratory, discusses spying technology and hi-tech defensive hardware with award-winning journalist Peter Cronau. 
  • And, of course, much, much more.

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