Sydney Writers Festival

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 Toowoomba 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 Toowoomba in real time via digital live-streaming project, Live & Local.

The Empire Theatre will be streaming every session in the Festival, beginning from Friday 26 May at 10am to Sunday 28 May 7pm. 

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 Toowoomba.  

For a full copy of the program, click here. 



Friday, May 26th 


10:00 – 11:00am AEST – A Murderer in the Family – Susan Faludi, Hisham Matar and Nadja Spiegelman talk to Michael Williams.


11:30 – 12:30pm AEST – Deng Adut: Songs of a War Boy.


1:30 – 2:30pm AEST – James Shapiro: The Year of Lear


3:00 – 4:00pm AEST – Susan Faludi: In the Darkroom


4:30 – 5:30pm AEST – Writing Race - Curated by Paul Beatty with Maxine Beneba Clarke, Anuk Arudpragasam, Ellen van Neerven and Roanna Gonsalves.


6:00 – 7:00pm AEST – Elaine Welteroth: On Editing Teen Vogue.


7:30 – 8:30pm AEST – I Love Dick – Chris Kraus talks to Krissy Kneen.




Saturday, May 27th:


10:00 – 11:00am AEST – All the Girls to the Front – Jan Fran talking to Tracey Spicer, Yassmin Abdel Magied and Clementine Ford.


11:30 – 12:30pm AEST – Dreams of Her Real Self: Writers on Helen Garner – Bernadette Brennan, Fiona McFarlane, Annabel Crabb, Benjamin Law and Rebecca Giggs.


1:30 – 2:30pm AEST – Henry Marsh: Admissions – A Life in Brain Surgery


3:00 – 4:00pm AEST – Hisham Matar: The Return.


4:30 – 5:30pm AEST – Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year


6:30 – 7:30pm AEST – Viral and Verse: Hera Lindsay Bird and Rupi Kaur




Sunday, May 28th:


10:00 – 11:00am AEST – Lauren Child’s Quirky Characters!


11:30 – 12:30pm AEST – Andy Griffiths – Are you ready to roll?


1:30 – 2:30pm AEST – Lion: A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley with his mother Sue Brierley talk to Janice Petersen.


3:00 – 4:00pm AEST – Clementine Ford: Fight Like A Girl


4:30 – 5:30pm AEST – SWF Gala: Maybe This Will Help  – Ruth Quibell, Bill Hayes, Pamela Paul, Jamie Morton, Ivan Coyote, Sofija Stefanovic.


6:00 – 7:00pm AEST – 2017 Closing Address – Susan Faludi



Festival Sessions
Friday 26 May- 10am-8.30pm Friday 26 May- 10am-8.30pm Ended
Saturday 27 May - 10am- 7.30pm Saturday 27 May - 10am- 7.30pm Ended
Sunday 28 May- 10am- 7pm Sunday 28 May- 10am- 7pm Ended
The Lounge Bar

Free Event