Sydney Writers' Festival a hit in Parramatta

Well received: Author and poet Alice Walker impressed audiences at Riverside Theatres. ''Poetry is a ruthless muse,'' she said.

Well received: Author and poet Alice Walker impressed audiences at Riverside Theatres. ''Poetry is a ruthless muse,'' she said.

Parramatta events for the Sydney Writers’ Festival left cause for celebration.

Author events with Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey, and The Slap’s Christos Tsiolkas and sports journalist Malcolm Knox sold out, while Pulitzer-prize winner Alice Walker and Alexis Wright received a standing ovation.

Each appeared at Riverside Theatres late in May as part of the festival line-up.

The festival’s executive director Ben Strout said though attendance numbers for the western Sydney events were yet to be confirmed, he had witnessed a positive reception at some first hand.

‘‘Our attendances at Parramatta were very good,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a standing ovation for Alice Walker with Alexis Wright.

‘‘There were 500 people there. It was a beautiful event and very successful. The Dav Pilkey event sold out in the Lennox Theatre.

‘‘We’ve been in partnership with Parramatta for over 10 years and we will be in western Sydney more in the coming 12 months.

‘‘The fact that we had such a great reception this year gives us confidence there are great partners out there that we can continue to work with to reach a broader audience.’’

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