Sydney Writers' Festival - Live and Local


After the success of Live & Local in 2016, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Burnside Library in 2017.

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay direct to Burnside Library on 26–28 May.

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to Burnside Library in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

Be part of Live & Local, streamed live by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by Burnside Library.

Bookings are essential and can be made by phone on 8366 4280 or click below to book individual sessions online.

Friday 26 May

9.30 am - 10.30 am A Murderer in the Family Panel: Nadja Spiegelman, Hisham Matar and Susan Faludi
11 am - 12 noon Songs of a War Boy Conversation with Deng Adut
1 pm - 2 pm  The Leap Year
Conversation with James Shapiro
 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm In the Dark Room Conversation with Susan Faludi
4 pm - 5 pm Writing Race Panel: Anuk Arudpragasam, Paul Beatty, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ellen van Neerven

Saturday 27 May

9.30 am - 10.30 am All Girls to the Front Panel: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Clementine Ford and Tracey Spicer
11 am - 12 noon Dreams of Her Real Self: Writers on Helen Garner Panel: Bernadette Brennan, Annabel Crabb, Benjamin Law and Fiona McFarlane
1 pm - 2 pm Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery Conversation with Henry Marsh
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm The Return Conversation with Hisham Matar
4 pm - 5 pm Our Reading Year Conversation with Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb

Sunday 28 May

9.30 am - 10.30 am Lauren Child's Quirky Characters 

Author Talk: Lauren Child

11 am - 12 noon  Are You Ready to Roll?

Author Talk: Andy Griffiths

1 pm - 2 pm  Lion: A Long Way Home Conversation with Saroo Brierley and his adpoptive mother Sue Brierley
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm  Fight Like A Girl Conversation with Clementine Ford
4 pm - 5 pm  SWF Gala: Maybe This WIll Help
Panel: Bill Hayes, Ivan Coyote, Jamie Morton, Pamela Paul and Ruth Quibell



  • Friday, 26 May 2017 | 12:00 AM


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