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City Hub’s guide to the Sydney Writers Festival – our top picks

Reporting from the inside

Join award-winning Australian journalists Elisabeth Wynhausen, David Lesser and Anna Krien as they deconstruct the myth of objectivity in journalism. Objectivity has come to mean being a mouthpiece for the powerful.

Thursday, May 19, 10am-11am, Sydney Dance Company*, Studio 4, Pier 4/5, FREE

The Dissident Café: Tweeting from the Middle East

Anna Perera, Waleed Aly, Sara Haghdoosti and Farid Farid will talk about the role of social media in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria.

Use the Twitter tag #swfcafe to join the conversation with activists and bloggers in Egypt.

Thursday May 19, 4pm-5pm, Club Stage, Pier 2/3, FREE

For Those Who’ve Come Across the Sea

A timely topic after the burning of Villawood last month. George Megalogenis, Robert Manne, Waleed Aly and Michael Sexton SC discuss humane and compassionate alternatives to locking up asylum seekers and refugees in detention camps.

Thursday, May 19, 1pm-2pm, Sydney Dance Company, Studio 2/3, Pier 4/5, FREE (The refugees)

An Evening with Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt speaks to Anton Enus about her six terror-filled years as a hostage in the Colombian jungle.

Thurs, May 19, 8pm-9.30pm, Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall $45/$35

Write a Revolution

Spoken Word artists, slam poets and lyricists Candy Royalle, Kelly-lee Hickey, Dominic Brook, Rives, Miles Merrill talk about using their voices for social change.

Sat, May 21, 11.30am-12.30pm, Sydney Dance Company, Studio 1, Pier 4/5, FREE

Struggle without hate

Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His three daughters were killed by an Israeli rocket attack during Operation Cast Lead two years ago. He speaks with community cultural development worker Paula Abood about ways to stop the cycle of violence.

Sat, May 21 , 11am-12am, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, $10

Spoken Four

For more spoken word goodness, with Rives, Kelly-lee Hickey, Candy Royalle, Mike Simms and Miles Merrill.

Sat, May 21, 7pm-8pm, Club Stage, Pier 2/3, FREE

Literary Cross-Dressing with Mandy Sayer

Sydney author Mandy Sayer talks with Linda Jaivin about taking the voice of an Aboriginal man and other personae in her novel ‘Love in the Time of Lunacy’. They will discuss breaking the rules and boundaries of identity politics.

Sun May 22, 4pm-5pm, Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, FREE

The Israel Question

Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein and Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish discuss while Israel needs to change its strategy.

Sun, May 22, 1pm-2pm, Sydney Dance Company, Studio 2/3, Pier 4/5, FREE

* Sydney Dance Company and Sydney Theatre are at Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.