Sydney Writers' Festival in Lake Mac

Date posted: 15 April 2019

One of Australia’s much-loved forums for literature and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Sydney direct to the Lake Mac Centre for Performing Arts on Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May.

Council’s Acting Arts, Culture and Tourism Manager Jo Smith said the Live and Local – Live Stream from Sydney Writers’ Festival is a fabulous opportunity for people interested in hearing from nationally and internationally renowned writers, but can’t make it to Sydney.

“Our audiences will be able to get the full experience of the live Sydney event,” Ms Smith said.

“They will not only hear from profound thinkers they will have opportunity to participate in Q and A sessions, sending questions directly to the Sydney stage.

“This is a great example of how digital live-streaming can connect our City and its people with regional, national and global events.”

Council will present ten sessions over three days featuring a range of national and international speakers including Leigh Sales, Ben Quilty, Julian Burnside QC, David Marr, Annabel Crabb and many more.

All session details and bookings can be found at

Live and Local – Live Streaming from Sydney Writers’ Festival

Lake Mac Centre for Performing Arts at Warners Bay
Friday 3-Sunday 5 May, see program for times
Gold coin entry per session
Refreshments available
For session details and bookings, visit

Time Speakers Details

Friday 3 May

Leigh Sales Any Ordinary Day
Walkley Award-winning anchor of ABC’s 7.30 Leigh Sales sheds light on her layered exploration of how ordinary people endure unthinkable tragedy.
Friday 3 May
Ben Quilty
Julian Burnside QC
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.
Friday 3 May
David Marr
Sally Warhaft
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
Jenny Erpenbeck
Michelle de Kretser
Go, Went, Gone
“Europe’s outstanding literary seer” (The Guardian) Jenny Erpenbeck joins Michelle de Kretser to discuss her vividly drawn response to the current refugee crisis.
Saturday 4 May
Adam Liaw and Clementine Ford
Jan Fran
Boys to Men: The Masculinity Crisis
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

Dunya Mikhail, Ece Temelkuran, Anabel Hernandez
Sophie McNeill
A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth
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.
Sunday 5 May
Meg Wolitzer
Angela Ledgerwood
The Female Persuasion
Angela Ledgerwood sits down with bestselling author Meg Wolitzer (The Wife) to discuss Meg’s timely, witty and on-target novel The Female Persuasion, which charts the course of women’s lives from the 1970s to now.
Sunday 5 May
Simon Schama
Paul Holdengraber
Belonging: The Story of the Jews
Hugely popular historian Simon Schama talks about his towering achievement, Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 with revered interviewer Paul Holdengräber.
Sunday 5 May
Andrew Sean Greer
David Marr
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.
Sunday 5 May
Niki Savva, Samantha Maiden, Sharri Markson
Annabel Crabb
“I do not want to see this in print”
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.

Page last updated: 15 April 2019