Sydney Writers' Festival
We’re excited to announce the return of Sydney Writers’ Festival Live and Local to Maitland in 2019.
One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to Maitland over 3 days.
Be part of the action as the world’s finest authors are live-streamed to Maitland 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.
Check out the exciting program below and book tickets here
In a special event, Walkley Award-winning anchor of ABC's 7.30 Leigh Sales sheds light on Any Ordinary Day, her layered exploration of how ordinary people endure unthinkable tragedy.
In our hurry to decry Putin, are we fuelling hatred and fostering misunderstanding? Political advisor Tom Switzer and Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill debate the legitimacy of the Russian threat, in conversation with former Russian Correspondent Monica Attard.
We lie to protect ourselves or others. We lie to avoid consequences. We lie to be cruel. Sometimes, we lie just because we can. Chris Taylor talks to three people who detect lies for a living – crime and corruption reporter Matthew Condon, Gold Walkley–award winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont and forensic psychiatrist Dr Calum Smith. They reflect on the crimes they’ve solved, the scandals they’ve exposed and the discoveries they’ve made about the inner workings of the deceitful mind.
Supported by the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).
In conversation with Julian Burnside QC, Archibald Prize-winning artist Ben Quilty talks about the heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of artworks, Home: Drawings by Syrian Children.
One of Australia's finest journalists and public intellectuals, David Marr talks about his definitive collection and illuminating chronicle of our times, My Country, with Sally Warhaft.
Sally Warhaft discusses the future of the ABC with former ABC managing director Mark Scott, On Aunty author and former Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes, host of ABC's Download This Show and SBS VICELAND'S The Feed Marc Fennell and journalist Margaret Simons.
"Europe's outstanding literary seer" (The Guardian) Jenny Erpenbeck joins Michelle de Kretser to discuss Go, Went, Gone, Jenny's vividly drawn response to the current refugee crisis.
Hugely popular historian Simon Schuma talks about his towering achievement, Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492 - 1900 with revered interviewer Paul Holdengraber.
Literary sensation Andrew Sean Greer discusses Less, his Pulitzer Prize-winning satire of the literary world, love and the midlife crisis, in conversation with David Marr.
Annabel Crabb discusses the fraught and sensitive relationship between politicians and the press with Walkley Award winner Sharri Markson, veteran political reporter Samantha Maiden and The Australian columnist Niki Savva.
Internationally lauded Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto (The Runaways) delivers an unmissable Festival closing address about the tectonic shifts occurring in global politics and on ideas of race, sexuality and gender.