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Panel events are often some of the best ways to get to the crux of an issue.
Our pick of the panel
Panel events can be the best way to get up close and personal with not just one, but many experts in a chosen field. From the audience, you can watch as they battle it out in a style akin to an intellectual version of The Hunger Games on issues from a wide variety of literary fields. This year the Sydney Writers’ Festival has many panel events, which you can choose from here. To give you a helping hand, we’ve whittled it down to four of our favourites. Everyone’s a Critic: Food and Culture and the Digital Age Two of our favourite things here at ArtsHub are food and writing; so wouldn’t it be perfect if we could combine the two? This event has done just that, touching on the issues that affect food critics, especially now that camera phone and Internet technology mean that pretty much everyone can be a published critic. This event will feature journalist and food writer Elizabeth Meryment and author of Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food, Charlotte Wood will talk to literary critic for The Australian, Geordie Williamson about all things deliciously literary. Presented with Varuna, The Writers’ House. Monday 14 May all-day pass $60/$50 Monday & Tuesday 2-day pass $90 (no concession) Single Sessions (unless otherwise indicated): $15 Beyond the Tent Embassy The tent embassy was at the centre of controversy in the media this year, but all too often issues affecting Indigenous Australians require complex thinking that is beyond what current coverage affords them. This panel will look at the apology, the intervention, and examine what has improved on the ground in Aboriginal Australia. Sam Watson, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Chris Graham talk to Jeff Sparrow about activism, writing and the prospects for change. Thursday May 17th 2012 1pm – 2pm Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Free, no bookings Journalism 2.0 We only just got to watch Rupert Murdoch awkwardly stumble for answers about the News of the World scandal, now we can watch journalist Heather Brooke and tabloid supremo Alex Mitchell in a discussion about the perks and perils of journalism in the digital age. Brooke is a freelance journalist who broke the British MPs expenses scandal and believes in preserving a private sphere. Visiting from the United Kingdom, she will definitely be one to catch in discussion while she is here. Thursday, May 17th 2012 11:30 – 12:30 Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Free, no bookings Girl Trouble You may remember Gretel Killeen as the savage host of Big Brother, but she was actually making waves in the book world way before she stumbled onto the small screen. Gretel joins international bestselling writer Kathy Lette (Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows, How to Kill Your Husband) for a panel discussion on women in literature, asking “who took the chick out of lit?” and “will we miss all those pink covers and breathless emotional prose?” Women have moved on from Mills and Boon (if they ever even liked it in the first place) and women’s fiction is a genre well worth delving into. Friday, May 18th 2012 10:00am – 11:00am Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Free, no bookings

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