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Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022

14 May 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022 returns on Saturday 14 May, and it is back bigger and bolder in its second annual incarnation. The theme this year is ‘New Lines’.

Artistic Directors Mark Mordue and Sheila Ngoc Pham promise “New lines of conversation and inquiry. New lines in how we might live better, from responding to inequality to answering existential and aesthetic hungers within us. New lines, literally, from authors, poets, musicians, journalists and social justice activists. New lines, too, that might separate us from all the bullshit and division we’ve been wading through. New lines in what storytelling can be – and what it can do for us.”

They’ve put together a writers’ festival that builds from a strong literary foundation to embrace broader notions of storytelling and some rock ‘n’ roll spirit, as well as Addi Road’s community-oriented activism. “We want to reboot the whole idea of what a literary festival can be.”

The festival starts at midday on Saturday 14 May with an Acknowledgement of Country and will roll on through till twilight, when it ends with a special event led by Bigambul Elder Uncle Wes Marne, celebrating his 100thbirthday and the publication of Through Old Eyes, a book about his life and poetry.

Funded by Inner West Council, more than 30+ writers, poets, journalists and artists will be appearing across 12 panels inside two venues (Gumbramorrra Hall and the Greek Theatre) at the centre in Marrickville. An additional ten solo speakers and performers of music and spoken word will cut into the day with short, sharp ‘hotspots’ of thought and energy.

Some of the other guests on the day include… sports commentator and social justice activist Craig Foster; graphic novelist Safdar Ahmed; journalists Mridula Amin and Michael West; poets Felicity Plunkett and Ethan Bell; philosopher and author Chris Fleming; painter and performance artist Locust Jones; memoirist Eda Gunaydin; musicians Lo Carmen and  DC Cross; and Warren Roberts of YARN Australia.

Poetry, memoir, works in translation, the state of the media today, food and culture, autobiographical comics, drugs and addiction, familial relations and gender identity, all will be discussed in new and unique ways.

Funded by Inner West Council

Full program available here –

Addi Road Writers’ Festival Program 2022


14 May 2022
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Gumbramorra Hall
142 Addison Road
Marrickville, NSW 2204 Australia
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