On Monday 16 May a group of students from Years 9, 11 and 12 went to the Sydney Writer's Festival at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay in Sydney. We took a train to Circular Quay and walked very quickly to the theatre accompanied by Mrs Cable, Mrs Grant and Mrs Shaw.
The first session involved us splitting up. While most people went to hear Paul Kelly (famous singer and songwriter) speak and sing about his passion for Shakespeare, a few year 11 Modern History students listened to Thomas Keneally (famous author of many novels including Schindler's Ark which became the Stephen Spielberg film Schindler's List) speak about the effect of World War One in shaping Australia. Both talks were informative and entertaining but what came next was even better.
Alice Pung (author), Stan Grant (SBS reporter and author) and Eva Orner (world acclaimed documentary maker) were interviewed by Jennifer Wong (writer and comedian) about their experiences of growing up in Australia and the role of refugees in Australia as well as the varying degrees of racism they faced. Their stories were raw and honest and the audience were riveted.
Afterwards there was an opportunity to meet these famous people and even have their books or CDs signed by them. We then headed into Circular Quay for lunch before the train ride home. It was a long day but one not quickly forgotten.