About the Book
The anthology is divided into two parts. The first is a selection of writing and illustrations from festival presenters. It includes excerpts of what was read or shown at festival events, previously published poems or essays, and a few tastes of as-yet unpublished work. The second part is a selection of writing and images from festival audiences in response to the theme, How to Live? These contributions were submitted via Twitter (using #swfbod) or on typewriters and index cards at the writing station. As a whole, the book is a memento of the festival experience, a record of what was presented and also how it was received. Writers and readers, together.
The book was designed live during the festival: Zoë Sadokierski was stationed at the Walsh Bay precinct, inviting festival attendees to watch the book design process in action via a large monitor attached to her laptop.
With writing from: Robert Adamson, Dennis Altman, James Boyce, Robert Dessaix, Mohsin Hamid, Rebecca Huntley, Lee Kofman, Helen Macdonald, Emily St. John Mandel, Les Murray, Omar Musa, John Pickrell, Zoë Sadokierski and Tom Uglow.
Featuring illustrations by: Lucy Adelaide, W.H. Chong, Tessa Curran, Tony Flowers, Juno Gemes, Leigh Hobbs, Olivia King, Leigh Rigozzi, Gemma Warriner, Yan Qin Weng, William Yang.
Zoë Sadokierski has fifteen years experience designing books for various publishers and has been awarded six times at the Australian Book Design Awards. Zoë lectures in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney where she runs a research studio investigating the evolution of books in the digital age. In 2015 she established Page Screen Books to publish illustrated essays and artist's multiples.