Sydney Writers Festival - Live Stream

Past Event

The Sydney Writer's Festival is coming to the Esperance Library!

Join us in the corner lounge area for a livestream event directly from Sydney.

All welcome - RSVP's preferred but not essential.

Thursday 23rd May

10am - 11 am

Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces 

with Viet Thanh Nguyen and Benjamin Law (host)
Hear celebrated author Viet Thanh Nguyen, hailed as “a conscience of American literature” (The New Yorker), discuss his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.
12 Noon - 1pm

Suzie Miller: Prima Facie 

with Suzie Miller and Nicole Abadee (host)

Put the courts on trial with lawyer turned Olivier Award–winning playwright Suzie Miller as she discusses novelising her theatrical triumph that tackles sexual assault. In conversation with Nicole Abadee.
2pm - 3pm

Julian Borger: I Seek a Kind Person

with Julian Borger and Michaela Kalowski (host)

“I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent boy, aged 11.” An extraordinary 1938 personal advertisement that started Julian Borger’s quest into his father’s past and the story of Holocaust survival.

4pm - 5pm

Fantastical Worlds

with Garth Nix; Shelley Parker-Chan; Samantha Shannon and Aimée Lindorff (host)

Imagine another world with popular fantasy authors Garth Nix (The Old Kingdom series), Shelley Parker-Chan (The Radiant Emperor duology) and Samantha Shannon (The Roots of Chaos series).

Friday 24th May

10am - 11am

The War on Journalists

with Julian Borger; John Lyons; Alisa Sopova; Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Hamish Macdonald (host)

With conflict continuing in Ukraine, and the death toll of journalists in Gaza reaching alarming proportions, we look at the role of journalists in war. 

12 noon - 1pm

Abdulrazak Gurnah: Afterlives  

with Abdulrazak Gurnah and Sisonke Msimang (host)

Explore his writing and unpack the legacies of empire with acclaimed writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose 10th novel explores displacement, loss and love during and after German occupation of East Africa.

2pm - 3pm

Feminist Firebrands 

with Sisonke Msimang; Hannah Ferguson; Jennifer Robinson and Jo Dyer (host)

Four waves in, the feminist fight for gender equality is far from over. Writers and activists Hannah Ferguson, Sisonke Msimang and Jennifer Robinson discuss the most pressing issues facing women today with host Jo Dyer.

4pm - 5pm

5km From the Frontline 

with Alisa Sopova; Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Hamish Macdonald (host)

Hear from journalist Alisa Sopova and photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind, whose extraordinary documentary photography series offers a unique, personal and deeply affecting look at the Ukraine war.

Saturday 25th May

10am - 11am

Trent Dalton: From Eli to Lola

with Trent Dalton and Cassie McCullagh (host)

Trent Dalton, award-winning author of Boy Swallows Universe (now a hit Netflix series) returns with Lola in the Mirror, a big, beautiful novel about grappling with our past, present and possible futures.

12 noon - 1pm

Storytellers: Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar

with Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar

ABC legends Leigh Sales (Storytellers) and Lisa Millar (Muster Dogs) unpack the craft of turning real life events into narrative, drawing from their recent books and a combined 65 years in journalism.

Event Details

Location: Esperance Library

Cost: Free

Category: General, Arts and Culture, Library

Type: General, Library

Audience: All Ages


Contact: Esperance Public Library

Phone: 90831500


  • Parking

Event Date(s)

  • Thursday 23rd May 2024

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