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Attendees of the 21st Sydney Writers’ Festival can expect to see more emerging authors, in an effort to attract younger audiences at its new temporary venue.
The line-up of emerging international talent at the festival is double last years’, with ten of the 60 international guests being debut writers of fiction and poetry.
“We’re moving to Carriageworks and that area is so close to the University of Sydney that it seems like a natural fit to have a younger, more emerging crop of writers,” said Michaela McGuire, Artistic Director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
According to Ms McGuire, many of the emerging authors attending the festival are, “hugely accomplished”, such as Singaporean born and UK based writer, Sharlene Teo.
“It's an honour and a privilege to introduce my debut novel to Australian readers, on such a prestigious platform, in one of the most vibrant cities in the world … I am chuffed, excited, pumped, all the adjectives,” Ms Teo said.
Across the 2018 program, guests will examine ‘power’, a theme which both Ms McGuire and Ms Teo say requires a variety of voices.
“We parse the big themes in life entirely differently at different stages of our personal and creative development, so it makes perfect sense to include a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds and modes of experience,” Ms Teo said.
Ms Teo will appear at three events at The Sydney Writer’s Festival on May 5 and 6.
The festival will also host the launch of the 2018 University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Writers’ Anthology, Light Borrowers.
“[It’s] the only anthology of it’s kind coming out of a university,” according to Dr Gabrielle Carey, UTS Writers' Anthology Academic Coordinator.
“For our creative writing students the anthology provides recognition and creates confidence, it also provides a showcase for publishers and other professionals such as editors and literary agents,” she said.
As a member of the UTS Writers’ Anthology editorial committee, Alycia Robertson, 22, said, “It’s been really inspiring as a writer to see what people are creating and how differently these messages, that we’ve maybe heard before, can be given this new life.”
Ms McGuire said the festival was an opportunity for audiences to find their new favourite author.
“When these people go on to win top literary prizes in five or ten years time, hopefully our audience will dimly recall seeing them at one of their first public writers’ festivals at Sydney,” she said.
The Sydney Writers’ Festival will run from April 30 – May 6, 2018.