The Germans have Oktoberfest. Melburnians have the Great Australian Beer Spectapular. We may not have the lederhosen, but with 100 taps and over 200 different beers (100 of which are brewed especially for the festival) no one’s complaining.
You wouldn't expect to find talks about designer suburbs, presidential campaigns, conceptual art and the soft power of Tasmania at a writer's festival. But the 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival thwarts expectations.