Sports Writers Festival

MELBOURNE: 28th - 29th OCTOBER
SYDNEY: 3rd - 4th NOVEMBER

The Sports Writers Festival celebrates sport through the written word.

It is a tribal gathering of writers and readers who share a passion for sport and great writing.

The traditional home of the Sports Writers Festival is Melbourne. A town famous for its obsession with sport and its love of the arts. In 2016, the festival expanded to include Sydney in the program.

The Sports Writers Festival is a highly anticipated feature of Australia’s literary and sporting calendar. We hope you enjoy it.

Our Speakers

Francis Leach

Francis Leach

SEN Broadcaster & Journalist

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson

Author, Speaker & Sports Documentary Director

Peter Lalor

Peter Lalor

Journalist & Author

Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes

Writer, Poet & Broadcaster

Matthew Hardy

Matthew Hardy

Author, Comedian & Writer

Cate McGregor

Cate McGregor

Speech Writer, Author & Cricketer

Karen Lyon

Karen Lyon

Journalist & Academic

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly

Broadcaster, Author, Academic & Musician

Susan Alberti AC

Susan Alberti AC

Businesswoman, Philanthropist & Author

Andrew Mangan

Andrew Mangan

Blogger (ArseBlog), Podcaster (ArseCast) & Journalist

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord

Writer & Journalist

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons

Author, Broadcaster, former Wallaby & Chair Australian Republican Movement

Angela Pippos

Angela Pippos

Journalist, TV Presenter, Radio Personality & Author

Melinda Farrell

Melinda Farrell

Journalist & Broadcaster

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly

Journalist & Broadcaster

Titus O’Reily

Titus O’Reily

Writer & Broadcaster

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox

Journalist & Author

Christopher Shen

Christopher Shen

Psychologist, MMA Fighter/Referee & Author

Event Schedules

28 Oct, 2017

Wrestling with Mental Toughness

Speaker: Christopher Shen
15:30 PM - 17:00 PM, Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

The Footy Lady

17:30 PM - 19:00 PM, Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

Arseblog in Australia

Speaker: Andrew Mangan
20:00 PM - 21:30 PM, Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne
29 Oct, 2017

Titus O’Reily – Meet the man behind the tweets

Speaker: Francis Leach
12:00 PM - 13:00 PM, Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

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

14:00 PM - 15:30 PM, Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne

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

Speaker: Waleed Aly
16:00 PM - 17:30 PM, Broadway Room Rydges Melbourne Level 1, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne
03 Nov, 2017

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

Speaker: Peter FitzSimons
20:00 PM - 21:30 PM, Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale
04 Nov, 2017

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

Speaker: Steve Mascord
15:00 PM - 16:30 PM, Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

Enduring Ashes

17:00 PM - 18:30 PM, Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

Arseblog in Australia

Speaker: Andrew Mangan
20:00 PM - 21:30 PM, Seymour Centre (York Theatre) Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale

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