My tickets for this year's festival, which runs from Monday 17th May to Sunday 23rd May, have arrived. Now all I have to do is work out which of the free sessions I really really want to queue for.
I had nominated to become a volunteer this year, but have since withdrawn my name. They had not allocated volunteer sessions before the programme was released, and I am now simply too busy. Seems a back-to-front way of doing it. The volunteer schedule is not released for another two weeks, and by then all the good sessions will be booked out.
So, what have I booked for? Mostly current affairs type argumentative sessions! Surprise, surprise!!
Friday 21st -
A chat between David Wessel and Paul Keating
'Bendable learnings' (Don Watson)
Saturday 22nd -
'The Great Crash of 2008' (ross Garnaut and David Marr)
'Did business-speak cause the GFC?' (David Wessel, Ross Garnaut, Ross Gittins & Neil James)
'Programmatic specificity we can believe in' (Christopher Hitchens, Nathan Rees & Annabel Crabb
'Terrorism - How to win a cosmic War' (Reza Aslan & Tony Jones)
'The Colony and Sydney Harbour' (Grace Karskens & Ian Hoskins)
Sunday 23rd -
'Battlelines' (Tony Abbott and Annabel Crabb)
I will get me a printed programme tomorrow and then I will work out which free sessions I am interested in. I think there are one or two things for every single day. The free sessions that interest me most, involve writing and editing skills. There are a few authors that interest me, but their sessions will have long queues. The ticketed sessions I have chosen are about $15 or so each. There are some this year which are much more expensive.
I need to cut some sambos and fill my thermos!