Overland at the Sydney Writers Festival
Beyond Climate Denial on a Neoliberal Planet
Friday, May 24 2013, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
In an election year, there seems less impetus for climate action than ever. Why has the Left, which has always regarded itself as having science on its side, been outflanked on climate policy? What does the bizarre success of denialism and the radical calls for planetary scale geo-engineering portend for the changing status of science in our society? Antoinette Abboud, Jeremy Walker and Robert Manne untangle the complex relationships between climate, politics and economic doctrines in a discussion with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.
Free, no bookings.
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Hactivism, Internet Privacy and Encryption: The Future of Politics?
Saturday, May 25 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Will the future belong to those who understand technology? What are the perils and the possibilities of digital politics? Cryptoparty founder Asher Wolf, programmer Benjamin Laird and author Neil Chenoweth speak with the editor of Overland, Jeff Sparrow.
Free, no bookings.
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Overland at the Emerging Writers Festival
The Control Room
Saturday 25 May 12.30pm
Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills on writing novels and short stories.
Cutting It Short
Saturday 25 May 1.45pm
The last decade has seen the rise of the novella and the resurgence of the short story. Are our attention spans better suited to shorter forms or is there something creative in limiting yourself? Are there economic factors behind keeping things tight and trim?
With Miles Vertigan, Ryan O’Neill, Chi Vu, and Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills. Hosted by Johannes Jakob.
Why Writing Matters
Sunday 26 May 12.30pm
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But sometimes it needs to be said aloud – writing is an incredibly powerful medium. These writers look at the ethics of writing responsibly, giving voice to the unheard, and why writing still matters in the world.
With Ellena Savage, Peter Polites, Ginger Briggs, Overland deputy editor Jacinda Woodhead and hosted by Overland reviewer Ali Alizadeh
Sunday 26 May 11am
How do writers find their genre? Is the passion there from the start or is it something that develops over time? Why are some better represented than others at festivals such as this? These writers poet-critic-young adult fantasy writer, a playwright and performer turned novelist, a legal thriller writer and more come together to discuss these questions and more.
With Jane Harrison, Alex Hammond, Wayne Macauley and Overland columnist Alison Croggon. Hosted by Mel Campbell
For more information, see the festival site.