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 The Empire Theatre's Lounge Bar from Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May.
Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to Empire Theatre in real time via digital live-streaming project, Live & Local. 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. This event is FREE.
For more information regarding the Live and Local streaming, visit the Sydney Writers Festival Live and Local webpage.
Live & Local streaming lineup:
FRIDAY 3 MAY
Session 1- 10am
Leigh Sales: Any Ordinary Day
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.
Session 2- 11.30am
Is Russia the Enemy We've Come to Believe
Presenters: Tom Switzer & Graeme Gill | Facilitator: Monica Attard
In our hurry to decry Putin, are we fuelling hatred and fostering misunderstanding? Political adviser Tom Switzer and Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill debate the legitimacy of the Russian threat, in conversation with former Russian Correspondent Monica Attard.
Session 3- 1.30pm
Can you Spot a Liar?
Presenters: Matthew Condon, Kate McClymont, Calum Smith | Facilitator: Chris Taylor
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.
Session 4 - 3pm
Ben Quilty: Home
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.
Session 5- 4.30pm
David Marr: My Country
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.
SATURDAY 4 MAY
Session 1- 11.30am
The Kingdom & The Power: Saudi Arabia
Presenters: Manal al-Sharif, Ms Saffaa | Facilitator: Sophie McNeill
Since becoming Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman has pushed a new public relations vision of a country in which women are free to drive, attend sporting matches and enjoy live music. But the arrest and torture of feminist activists, oppression of queer people, enduring male-guardianship laws and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi reveal a darker truth.
Session 2- 1.30pm
Presenters: Mark Scott, Jonathan Holmes, Marc Fennell, Margaret Simmons | Facilitator: 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.
Session 3- 3pm
Jenny Erpenbeck: Go, Went, Gone
Presenters: Jenny Erpenbeck | Facilitator: Michell de Kretser
“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.
Session 4 - 4.30pm
Boys to Men: The Masculinity Crisis
Presenters: Adam Liaw, Clementine Ford | Facilitators: Jan Fran
Jan Fran talks to Clementine Ford and Adam Liaw about the harm toxic masculinity inflicts on men and women, and how we can raise our boys to be better men.
SUNDAY 5 MAY
Session 1 - 10am
A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth
Presenters: Dunya Mikhail, Ece Temelkuran, Anabel Hernandez | Facilitator: Sophie McNeil
Sophie McNeill talks with Mexican reporter Anabel Hernández, Iraqi-American writer Dunya Mikhail and Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran about the mounting threats to reporters around the globe.
Session 2- 11.30am
Meg Wolitzer: The Female Persuasion
Angela Ledgerwood sits down with bestselling author Meg Wolitzer (The Wife) to discuss Meg’s timely, witty and ontarget novel The Female Persuasion, which charts the course of women’s lives from the 1970s to now.
Session 3- 1.30pm
Belonging: The Story of the Jews
Presenter: Simon Schama | Facilitator: Paul Holdengraber
Hugely popular historian Simon Schama talks about his towering achievement, Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 with revered interviewer Paul Holdengräber.
Session 4- 3pm
Andrew Sean Greer: Less
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.
Session 5 - 4.30pm
"I Do Not Want to See This in Print"
Presenters: Niki Savva, Samantha Maiden, Sharri Markson | Facilitator: Annabel Crabb
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.
Session 6 - 6pm
Closing Address: Fatima Bhutto
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.
Bookings not required