UNSW writers and artists will bring their talents to two of Sydney’s most dynamic events – the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.

Professor Stephen Muecke from the School of Arts and Media (SAM) will host the panel, Love and Extinction, a discussion on how writers explore environmental issues. The panel features UNSW visiting professorial fellow, Deborah Bird Rose.

SAM lecturer and author Dr Stephanie Bishop will host the panel, Water: New Writing a session of readings by authors Anita Desai, Dermot Healy and Amanda Lohrey.

UNSWriting will also host a Festival event at the Io Myers studio showcasing international poetry slam champion and performer, Anis Mojgani.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) has been a major partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival for the past two years. UNSW was the first university to partner with the literary event in 2010.

FASS Dean, Professor James Donald, said the partnership with the literary festival is continuing to be “very fruitful.”

“The two events hosted by FASS academics reflect our developing engagement with the fast-growing discipline of Environmental Humanities,” he said. “The Festival also offers the perfect location for the announcement of the FASS Dean’s Research Awards.”

The Sydney Film Festival will also showcase UNSW talent, with world renowned photographer and UNSW Visiting Fellow, William Yang, premiering his first film William Yang: My Generation at the Festival in partnership with ABC TV Arts.

My Generation, directed by Martin Fox, is one of seven existing performances that Yang has re-performed and digitised during his fellowship at UNSW. It captures Sydney's emerging artistic, literary, and queer scene through Yang's candid photography from the 70s and 80s coupled with his honest and humorous narration.

William Yang: In Conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, hosted by Vivid LIVE, will also screen at 10:30pm on Sunday 16 June on ABC1's Sunday Arts Up Late.

Media contact: Fran Strachan, UNSW Media Office | 9385 8732 | 0429 416 070