Sydney Writers Festival

Live & Local: Friday 20th May 2022, Tura Marrang Library

One of Australia’s most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney to Tura Marrang Library. Prepare to be invigorated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions featuring some of the world’s finest writers and thinkers. Join us as we celebrate books, interrogate truths and challenge ideas


Art Spiegelman, 10:00am - 11:00am, Tickets $8.00

For over 50 years, the singular brain and talent of acclaimed comic artist, writer and editor Art Spiegelman has defined and redefined the world of visual storytelling. His seminal masterpiece MAUS, with its reimagining of the Holocaust with cats and mice, won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. As The New York Times said, “It would almost be impossible to overstate the influence of MAUS among other artists.” When, earlier this year, the Tennessee Board of Education voted to remove it from classrooms, Art was uniquely placed to reflect on a history of censorship, silencing and the times free speech has remained a radical act.

Appearing live via video, Art reflects on a career spent finding new ways to write, draw and talk about the world, and a life in challenging conventions and prejudice with Morris Gleitzman. READ MORE HERE

Michelle de Kretser & Christos Tsiolkas, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Tickets $8.00

Two of the biggest names in Australian literature, Michelle de Kretser (Scary Monsters) and Christos Tsiolkas (7 1/2) come together to discuss their latest books. These thrilling contributions to already stellar careers take them in new directions as they play with form and voice while asking questions of their own work and the world.

Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating exchange between these prize-winning writers, with host Roanna Gonsalves. READ MORE HERE

Steve Toltz: Here Goes Nothing,  2:00pm - 3:00pm, Tickets $8.00

Booker-shortlisted author Steve Toltz discusses his highly anticipated new novel, Here Goes Nothing, with acclaimed author Sarah Krasnostein. As wildly inventive and savagely funny as his first two books, Quicksand and A Fraction of the WholeHere Goes Nothing is a razor-sharp take on love, mortality and the afterlife.

He shares common ground with Sarah, whose book, The Believer, explores the universal need to make sense of life, death and all that lies between. Steve Toltz will appear live via video. READ MORE HERE

But Not Forgotten, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tickets $8.00

Among the individuals who shape our creative, imaginative and personal selves, the influence and lasting impact of writers, artists and thinkers is irrefutable. So, in this special remembrance of writers past, Festival guests pay tribute to icons lost in the past year, eulogising and celebrating those giants in the sky.

With Jackie Huggins (Sister Girl) on bell hooks; Sarah Krasnostein (The Believer) on Joan Didion; and Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip) on Keri Hulme, this is an unforgettable celebration not to be missed, hosted by Susan Wyndham. READ MORE HERE





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