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The best events at Sydney Writers’ Festival

Find your way around the headliners with our top 20 picks of the program

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May's literary festival includes more than 400 events from international and Australian writers. Under the aegis of new artistic director Michaela McGuire, the 20th Sydney Writers’ Festival is united by the theme ‘refuge’. McGuire has booked an impressive list of guests from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction, publishing and podcasting. We've listed our highlights of the program, from the Teen Vogue editor to cult podcast heroes. Hibernate with a hot drink and a long read in these bookshops with cafes in Sydney. Find 50 things to do in May

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My Dad Wrote A Porno Live


Australia will get two chances to laugh (and cringe) with Jamie Morton this year when the My Dad Wrote A Porno star brings his podcast down under.  What would you do if you found out your dad wrote a porno? Would you ignore its very existence? Would you bring it up with him? Or would you, say, create a podcast with two of your friends and read out chapters to the wider world? Let’s just say, Jamie Morton made the right decision. 

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Until Sunday August 20 2017
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The best events at Vivid Ideas

The brainy sibling in the Vivid Sydney family, Vivid Ideas, includes more than 200 events over 23 days ranging from the Game-Changers Talk Series to creative conferences, markets and idea exchange sessions. 

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By: Emma Joyce