Event Program

3rd November

SESSION: The ORATION “Australian sport as a vehicle for (the) good…”

SPEAKER: Peter FitzSimons

TIME: 20:00 PM - 21:30 PM

VENUE: Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

TICKET PRICE: Adult $37.80 Concession $22.80 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: Renowned author and journalist Peter FitzSimons will deliver the first Sports Writers Festival oration in Sydney. The author, former Wallaby and Chair of the Australian Republican Movement will address the idea that sport is more than just about scoreboard and balance sheets: sport should be a powerful force in building stronger, vibrant, healthy communities. Is sport in Australia keeping its promise? After the Oration, Festival curator and journalist Francis Leach will join Peter in conversation.

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4th November

SESSION: Rugby League, Rock n Roll and the search for meaning with Steve Mascord

SPEAKERS: Steve Mascord and Francis Leach

TIME: 15:00 PM - 16:30 PM

VENUE: Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

TICKET PRICE: Adult $37.80 Concession $22.80 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: Rugby League journalist Steve Mascord has written one of the finest sports books of 2017 in his memoir ‘Touchstones’. Steve’s twin passions - Rugby League and hard rock – gave him a career and took him around the world. Yet as he lived his life constantly on the move, game-to-game and gig to gig, Steve began to realise that he might be trying to outrun his own story. And what a story it turns out to be. Steve sits down with Francis Leach to discuss ‘Touchstones’, his love affair with Rugby League and why heavy metal is the one true rock religion.

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4th November

SESSION: Enduring Ashes

SPEAKERS: Melinda Farrell, Peter Lalor, Malcolm Knox and Cate McGregor

TIME: 17:00 PM -18:30 PM

VENUE: Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

TICKET PRICE: Adult $37.80 Concession $22.80 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: As everything changes, one thing remains the same: Australia’s love for The Ashes. For well over a century, the fabled cricket Test Series between Australia and England has enthralled generations of cricket lovers. And even with test cricket’s very survival on the line, The Ashes is bigger than ever. Our panel of cricket writers will explore our passion for cricket’s most celebrated series. What is it about this rivalry that continues to captivate us? Can it survive in the digital age where a game played over 5 days is like a window on a lost world?

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4th November

SESSION: Arseblog in Australia

SPEAKER: Andrew Mangan

TIME: 20:00 -21:30

VENUE: Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

TICKET PRICE: Adult $37.80 Concession $22.80 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: Can you turn your passion for your team into a career as a sports writer? Andrew Mangan has. Andrew Mangan is one of football’s most celebrated bloggers and podcasters. In 2002, he began writing about Arsenal at www.arseblog.com and he’s been doing it almost daily ever since. Andrew also created the Arsecast podcast in 2006, now one of the longest running sports podcasts anywhere in the world. Along the way, his website and podcasts have won a stack of awards and entertained a global audience of Arsenal fans. Andrew will talk about creating Arseblog and Arsecast, his passion for Arsenal, his thoughts on the future of football and fandom, and his enduring love for Robert Pires.

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