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University Of New South Wales experts feature in jam-packed Sydney Writers’ Festival program

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What will happen to us in the shocks of the future – including the next great pandemic? And how on earth can Gen Z and Millennials overcome the bitter economic legacy of the Boomers?

The 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival program has just been released and UNSW academics and researchers will feature prominently on these topics – and more – in a week-long celebration of literature, stories and ideas.

The Festival returns to Carriageworks from 22 – 28 May, with additional events on campus and across the state.

UNSW Sydney is the exclusive university sponsor and Premier Partner of the Festival. Featuring UNSW academics and researchers on Sydney Writers’ Festival stages, and events at the UNSW Kensington Campus, this partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership.

The UNSW speakers will join 262 Australian authors, public figures, and academics, as well as 18 prominent international guests.

This year’s event, themed “Stories for the Future” showcases the next generation of writers and thought leaders from Australia and around the world.

UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Dean, Professor Claire Annesley said the partnership is an opportunity for UNSW students and staff to collaborate with some of the world’s best authors to fuel debate, champion diverse voices and spark innovation.

“Our faculty vision is to seek and solve problems to improve life on earth,” Professor Annesley said. “Sharing ideas and collaborating with a diverse community of creative and curious people will inspire our faculty and the University to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time.”

Ann Mossop, Artistic Director of the Festival said, “Sydney Writers’ Festival is thrilled to be partnering with UNSW Sydney as Premier Partner and exclusive university sponsor of the Festival. This is my first year as Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival, and I am excited to be presenting a diverse Festival offering audiences a world of writing and ideas to explore. In 2023, we are fortunate enough to bring together a group of writers from Australia and around the world. This is an occasion for celebration, reflection, and joy, and I know that our audiences will come out in force to mark the occasion”.