After the success of its inaugural Live & Local program in 2016, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Coffs Harbour in 2017!

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 Coffs Harbour 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 Coffs Harbour in real time.  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 the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

Friday 26 May 10am-  A Murderer in the Family

Susan Faludi, Hisham Matar and Nadja Spiegelman mine their extraordinary family histories to create stirring works of memoir.  Join them in conversation with Michael Williams as they reveal what happens when writing gets personal.

Friday 26 May 11:30am-  Deng Adut: Songs of a War Boy

Raised as a Sudanese child soldier, today Deng Adut is a lawyer, refugee advocate and NSW Australian of the Year.  He talks to Suzanne Leal about his memoir Songs of a War Boy.

Friday 26 May  1:30pm-  James Shapiro: The Year of the Lear

Shakespeare expert and fan, James Shapiro takes us back to the year 1606: The Year of Lear (and also the year of Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra) and the troubled times that inspired the Great Bard.

Friday 26 May 3pm-  Susan Faludi: In the Darkroom

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Susan Faludi first came to international prominence with her bestseller Backlash.  She joins Sofija Stefanovic for an intimate conversation about her unforgettable new memoir, In the Darkroom.

Friday 26 May  4:30pm-  Writing Race

Writers discuss race in their work, and in today’s literary and cultural landscape.  Roanna Gonsalves leads a discussion with Anuk Arudpragasam, Paul Beatty, Maxine Beneba Clarke and guest curator Ellen van Neerven.

Saturday 27 May 10am- All the Girls to the Front

Jan Fran talks to those on the front line of feminist writing.  Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Clementine Ford and Tracey Spicer discuss taking action and writing for change.

Sunday 28 May 10am-  Lauren Child’s Quirky Characters!

Award-winning writer and artist Lauren Child lifts the lid on her characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, and Charlie and Lola.  You’d be as silly as Sizzles to miss it!

FESTIVAL PASS (All 7 sessions)

Jetty Theatre Touring Presents

Sydney Writers Festival- Live and Local


Friday 26 May

5 sessions – 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm

Saturday 27 May

1 session at 10am

Sunday 28 May

1 session at 10am

Ticket Prices:

$5 All tix

$25 Festival Pass (all 7 sessions)


Each session 1 hour

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