Opening Night Address: How the Past Shapes the Future (SWF) [Sydney]
Opening Night Address: How the Past Shapes the Future (SWF) [Sydney]

Event Information


Tuesday May 23, 2023
6:30 PM


Carriageworks Bay 17
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh, NSW

Auslan Interpreter/s

Jennifer Maclaughlin & Will Tapp

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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Many individuals, communities and nations are grappling to come to terms with past events and experiences. Whether doing so is joyful or tragic, satisfying or disquieting, it’s necessary if we hope to imagine and create a future worth living in. In our spellbinding Opening Night Address, extraordinary writers discuss the different ways our past is prologue. Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law and Miles Franklin Award winner Alexis Wright take the stage followed by a performance from acclaimed poet Madison Godfrey.

Supported by the City of Sydney.

Auslan Stage Left extends thanks to Sydney Writers’ Festival for ongoing support of Auslan access! Follow the festival here:




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