Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015: My Weekend

Me fail? I fly!

The weather turned on its traditional gorgeousness for the Festival’s weekend. A number of speakers drew attention to the way the sun made itself known – submitting audiences to a third degree, or blinding panellists to the obvious. There’s something exhilarating about being part of a sunlit crowd of book-lovers.

I spent Saturday with the Art Student. We did non-literary things in the morning – walked the dog, bought food, hung out the washing, then caught the train to town in time for:

1.30–2.30: Zia Haider Rahman: In the Light of What We Know
Zia Haider Rahman is a youngish Englishman of south-Asian heritage who has written what sounds like a brilliant first novel. He spoke with an Oxford drawl, which sat oddly with his account of growing up in poverty. He explained: ‘This accent is completely phony, but it’s the only one I’ve got. I spent hours listening to tapes of BBC announcers and imitating the accents because I understood very…

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17 Group: “Cracks in the Fortress? Project Europe and Prospects for the Left”

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"Drowning" by Wassilij Grigorjewitsch Perow “Drowning” by Wassilij Grigorjewitsch Perow

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place onWednesday the 3rd of June at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The topic will be:
“Cracks in the Fortress? Project Europe and Prospects for the Left”.
The speaker will be Dr Peter Thomas from Brunel University, London, formerly of University of Queensland Refectory and Boundary St, West End.

Here is Peter’s summary of the talk:

The European Union has been wracked by a series of financial, social and political crises for the last decade. Rejection of an elite-driven treaty and integration process by popular referenda in the mid years of the first decade of the century was quickly followed by the contagion of the Global Financial Crisis across the Eurozone from 2007 onwards, plunging some countries (Greece and Spain in particular) into deep and ongoing fiscal and social…

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WI – Deputies searching for missing man from Colfax

I Have Vanished

nicholas moen

SAUK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU)– Deputies are searching for a missing man who is originally from Colfax.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department says 30-year-old Nicholas Moen has not been heard from by his family since May 11th.

Moen works in Lake Delton near Wisconsin Dells. Deputies say he is known to frequent casinos near Lake Delton and Black River Falls and is described as having a gambling problem.

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