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Sydney Writers' Festival

26 April to 2 May 2021

Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas

Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival presents more than 300 events, attracting audiences of up to 100,000 for a week-long conversation of books and ideas.

Thursday 29 April

Sydney Writers’ Festival: Opening Night Address

Sydney Writers’ Festival: Opening Night Address

Melissa Lucashenko, Tara June Winch and Evelyn Araluen come together to deliver an extraordinary Opening Night Address
27 Apr 2021
I Don’t Hold a Hose Mate: Leadership and Accountability

I Don’t Hold a Hose Mate: Leadership and Accountability

A panel of renowned journalists discuss leadership, democracy and a lack of true accountability in extraordinary times
29 Apr 2021
James Bradley & Kim Stanley Robinson

James Bradley & Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson appears live via video to discuss hard science, strong storytelling and hope with James Bradley.
29 Apr 2021
Kazuo Ishiguro: Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro: Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro appears live via video to discuss his newest novel Klara and the Sun and his influential body of work
29 Apr 2021
Rachel Cusk: Second Place

Rachel Cusk: Second Place

Rachel Cusk appears live via video to discuss her extraordinary career in writing and her new novel, Second Place
29 Apr 2021
The Art of the Interview

The Art of the Interview

Andrew Denton, one of Australia's best interviewers, discusses what makes an interview great with Michael Robotham
29 Apr 2021
The True History of Peter Carey

The True History of Peter Carey

A consummate writer of 14 novels and a keen observer of life, Peter Carey discusses his storied life in writing
29 Apr 2021
Who’s Afraid of Big Tech?

Who’s Afraid of Big Tech?

A panel of leading technology experts debate vital questions about ethics, impact and ownership in the online world
29 Apr 2021

Friday 30 April

Are You There, Sydney? It’s Me, Judy Blume

Are You There, Sydney? It’s Me, Judy Blume

Judy Blume appears live via video to discuss her celebrated books and storied career with Sophie Black
30 Apr 2021
Bill Hayes: How we live now

Bill Hayes: How we live now

Bill Hayes shares poetry, anecdotes and photography from How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic (live via video).
30 Apr 2021
Paul Kelly: Words and music

Paul Kelly: Words and music

Paul Kelly reflects on the comfort of literature in a special night of performance and storytelling.
30 Apr 2021
The Feminists Are Coming

The Feminists Are Coming

Virginia Trioli and Laurie Penny talk about the path of feminism in Australia with host Sisonke Msimang.
30 Apr 2021
Within Reach Gala

Within Reach Gala

An all-star line-up of guests come together to speak on this year’s festival theme, Within Reach.
30 Apr 2021

Saturday 1 May

Isabel Wilkerson: Caste – The Lies That Divide Us

Isabel Wilkerson: Caste – The Lies That Divide Us

Isabel Wilkerson discusses Caste (live via video), her bestselling study of our world's corrosive social hierarchy
1 May 2021
Richard Flanagan & Laura Tingle

Richard Flanagan & Laura Tingle

Richard Flanagan talks to Laura Tingle on his newest book, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, and capturing loss in words
1 May 2021
Sarah Krasnostein and Helen Garner

Sarah Krasnostein and Helen Garner

Sarah Krasnostein discusses her new book, The Believer, an enquiry into the power of belief, with Helen Garner.
1 May 2021
SWF Great Debate: How Good Is Australia?

SWF Great Debate: How Good Is Australia?

In a great battle of wit, some of the country’s finest thinkers enter the arena to debate: how good is Australia?
1 May 2021
The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

Some of the nation’s most accomplished actors read poems that illuminate the Festival theme, Within Reach
1 May 2021

Sunday 2 May

After Australia

After Australia

Indigenous writers and writers of colour discuss the daring anthology After Australia and its public reception.
2 May 2021
George Miller at Sydney Writers’ Festival

George Miller at Sydney Writers’ Festival

Cinema legend George Miller, best known for Mad Max, Fury Road and Babe, talks screenwriting and storytelling
2 May 2021
Great Adaptations: Margaret and David Return

Great Adaptations: Margaret and David Return

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton reunite to debate the best and worst movie adaptations of Australian books.
2 May 2021
Jan Fran & Judith Lucy

Jan Fran & Judith Lucy

Jan Fran and comedian Judith Lucy talk about humour and memoir, coping and not coping, and what it means to be fine
2 May 2021