Food Books Music: Stefano Manfredi

One of Australia’s finest chefs and one known as a master of Italian cuisine, Stefano Manfredi, will talk about the musical, literary and artistic influences that have helped him create world-renowned dishes and menus. He is in conversation with ABC 702’s Simon Marnie at The Star’s Osteria Balla where a three-course meal will be accompanied by some wonderful music.

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Irvine Welsh: The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Irvine Welsh is known the world over as the author of the cult classic, Trainspotting. He returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival to discuss his new novel, The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins. True to form, the book sees two memorable female protagonists, a bizarre sado-masochistic incident and a frenzied mix of comedy, drama and hard-hitting issues.

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Anatomy Of The Song

Three of Australia’s best songwriters, Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke and Urthboy appear in conversation with 2SER’s music director, Andrew Khedoori where they will discuss where inspiration strikes, how a song is created and most importantly, what is found in a “good” song?

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True Crimes: John Safran and Michaela McGuire

Last year agent provocateur, John Safran made his true-crime debut with Murder In Mississippi, a non-fiction book set in America’s deep south that examined the murder of a white supremacist by a young black man. He appears in conversation with fellow true crime author, Michaela McGuire and journalist and broadcaster, Sian Prior. The former who will also discuss her new book, Last Bets: A True Story of Gambling Morality and the Law, which looks at the death of a patron at Melbourne’s Crown Casino following a violent altercation with a bouncer.

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Honourable mention: The Chaser’s Empty Vessel (nightly from May 22 to 24): Chris Taylor and Julian Morrow from The Chaser host over an hour of entertainment, including interviews with some of the biggest guests appearing at Sydney Writers’ Festival as well as music and their own sketches and monologues. These variety nights prove to be great fun and are very popular.

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