Writers head west for Sydney Writers' Festival

PULITZER Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey are heading west as part of this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.

Christos Tsiolkas, author of the novel turned television series The Slap and the Miles Franklin Award winner Alexis Wright are also set to come our way.

Parramatta is again the jewel of the festival's greater western Sydney program, with five talks, panel discussions and events to be held here over three days in May.

As well as the big-name authors, young writers will battle with words in poetry slam The Rumble and local authors will host a discussion about the people and places of western Sydney.

Events will be held across the region with Australian author Judy Nunn heading to Penrith, former ABC foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel appearing in Casula and historian Bill Garner talking tents in Camden.

The program was announced yesterday at a launch at the University of Western Sydney's Parramatta campus.

Festival director Jemma Birrell said some of the world's best storytellers were coming to western Sydney this year.

"This year's greater western Sydney program offer an exciting variety of events from which to choose; all of them bringing local communities together to celebrate literature in all its forms," Ms Birrell said.

"In 2014, we're presenting a number of authors whose writing pushes boundaries."

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