Event Program

28th October

SESSION: Wrestling with Mental Toughness

SPEAKER: Christopher Shen in conversation with Francis Leach

TIME: 15:30 PM -17:00 PM

VENUE: Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne. Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

TICKET PRICE: Adult $20.00 Concession $10.00 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: Sport can be the inspiration for so much. Christopher Shen - a former Australian representative in wrestling, mixed martial artist and actor - has combined this life experience with his professional pursuit as a successful psychologist to author his first book, “Wrestling with Resilience: A Handbook for Developing Resilience and Mental Toughness”. Christopher will discuss in conversation his important work with festival curator and journalist Francis Leach.

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28th October

SESSION: The Footy Lady

SPEAKERS: Susan Alberti AC in conversation with Karen Lyon

TIME: 17:30 PM -19:00 PM

VENUE: Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne. Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

TICKET PRICE: Adult $35.00 Concession $20.00 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: Susan Alberti will be talking about her highly anticipated memoir THE FOOTY LADY written with Stephanie Asher. More information on the book is here. No tragedy, no challenge, has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. Susan’s personal story is one of business success, generosity, and passion, overcoming family tragedy, challenging the impossible and achieving the ultimate triumph. When her beloved AFL club the Western Bulldogs were threatened with annihilation and extinction, she worked tirelessly as vice-president to bring home the AFL 2016 Premiership flag. Susan will discuss in conversation her story with festival respected journalist Karen Lyon.

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28th October

SESSION: Arseblog in Australia

SPEAKER: Andrew Mangan in conversation with Francis Leach

TIME: 20:00 PM -21:30 PM

VENUE: Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne. Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

TICKET PRICE: Adult $35.00 Concession $20.00 + 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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Saturday Day Pass

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Adult $80.00 Concession $40.00 + Booking Fees

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29th October

SESSION: Titus O’Reily – Meet the man behind the tweets

SPEAKERS: Titus O'Reily in conversation with Francis Leach.

TIME: 12:00 PM -13:30 PM

VENUE: Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne. Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

TICKET PRICE: Adult $35.00 Concession $20.00 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: On the eve of the release of his first book “A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport”, satirist, podcaster and twitter sensation Titus O’Reilly tells his story about how he ditched his day job by making 140 characters of twitter gold his passport to success.

From the geeks who love his encyclopaedic knowledge of Australian sports culture to the freaks who think he’s the ghost of Norm Smith with a smart phone, Titus will share his experience of sports writing’s new frontier. And in a first - he’ll reveal his 5 favourite Titus tweets of all time!

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29th October

SESSION: The Debate – Is there such a thing as too much footy?

SPEAKERS: For the Affirmative – Alicia Sometimes, & Tony Wilson.
For the Negative – Angela Pippos, & Matthew Hardy.

TIME: 14:00 PM - 15:30 PM

VENUE: Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne. Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

TICKET PRICE: Adult $35.00 Concession $20.00 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: It’s the question that no Melbournian dare ask. Someone has to though. At risk at being arrested for treason - Is there such a thing as too much footy? AFL footy has become a 365-day a year affair, where Grand Final day rolls into trade period and draft week. Then it’s on to the summer season of AFLW, the threat of something called AFLX (which sounds like a biological warfare agent that should be banned) and endless replays of The Tigers Grand Final triumph and Bruce pawing Dustin Martin like Dr Evil with his cat.

How far away are we from 24/7/365 roaming Brian? (First he came for the footy players and I said nothing. Then he came for me…)
You know they would if they could…
Our esteemed panel of writers and footy nuffies will ponder - can there be too much of a good thing? We will settle the argument and start a few new ones as we debate just how much footy is enough!

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29th October

SESSION: The ORATION “Australia’s obsession with sport – what does it say about who we are?”

SPEAKER: Waleed Aly

TIME: 16:00 PM - 17:30 PM

VENUE: Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne. Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

TICKET PRICE: Adult $35.00 Concession $20.00 + Booking Fees

SESSION INFO: Award winning journalist, TV host and academic Waleed Aly is set to deliver this year’s oration at The Sports Writers Festival in Melbourne. Waleed will discuss Australia’s sporting obsession. Australians think of their country as a sports mad nation. We pride ourselves on the success of our national teams and the achievements of our sporting stars. What does it say about who we are that our identity is so heavily invested in the games we play and the athletes we admire - and revile?

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Sunday Day Pass

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Adult $90.00 Concession $45.00 + Booking Fees

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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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