Sydney Writers' Festival 2022

After the wild success of Live & Local in 2021, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to the Empire Theatre in 2022 to bring the best of the Festival direct to you. 

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney direct to the Empire Theatre's Supper Room on Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May. 

Prepare to be invigorated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions featuring some of the world’s finest writers and thinkers. Audiences can also participate in live Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions straight to the Sydney stage. This event is FREE.

For more information regarding the Live and Local streaming, visit the Sydney Writers Festival Live and Local webpage

Live & Local streaming lineup: 


Session 1- 10am - 11am

Barrie Cassidy & Friends : Election 2022

The only thing more essential for election 2022 than a sausage in a bread roll is this panel featuring Barrie Cassidy, Fran Kelly and Niki Savva.

Session 2- 12pm - 1pm

Sarah Winman: Still Life

Bestselling British author Sarah Winman talks about art, love and war in her joyous and richly drawn new novel Still Life. She appears live via video in conversation with Ailsa Piper.

Session 3- 2pm - 3pm

Maxine Beneba Clarke & Omar Muse

Acclaimed Australian artists and writers Maxine Beneba Clarke (How Decent Folk Behave) and Omar Musa (Killernova) discuss their electrifying and unsparing new poetry collections, in conversation with Evelyn Araluen (Dropbear).

Session 4- 4pm - 5pm

The Limits of Imagination

Damon Galgut (The Promise), Larissa Behrendt (After Story) and Paige Clark (She Is Haunted) join host Sisonke Msimang to explore the responsibilities and opportunities of the creative writer and artist, and ask: who gets to tell a story?



Session 1- 10am - 11am 

Rebecca Solnit: Orwell’s Roses

American author and activist Rebecca Solnit shares insight into Orwell’s Roses, her lush exploration of nature, pleasure and politics that casts fresh light on the influential British writer. Rebecca appears live via video to speak with Sophie Black.

Session 2- 12pm - 1pm

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Hannah Marshall, Chris Masters and Kate McClymont choose their words carefully with Erik Jensen to explore why Australia’s defamation laws are the harshest in the world, and what impact this has on good public discourse.

Session 3- 2pm - 3pm

Liane Moriarty & Caroline Overington

International phenomenon Liane Moriarty discusses her new novel Apples Never Fall and the art of suspense-driven fiction with Literary Editor of The Australian Caroline Overington (The Cuckoo’s Cry).

Session 4- 4pm - 5pm

I Was Wrong

A series of Festival guests reveal a topic that deepened their learning, evolved their thinking or flat out changed their mind.



As well as streaming the Sydney Writers' Festival live, the Empire Theatres have partnered with The Lighthouse Toowoomba who will have local contributors with a love for storytelling and creativity, expert knowledge, and a passion for connecting with community to present the following discussions between the livestream segments.

Saturday 21st of May

11am to 12pm - "How does our literary heritage inform our future" presented by Shirley Chambers and Lyndall Hill

1pm to 2pm - "Why is poetry still important?" presented by Andreas Elms in conversation with Bronte Geitz 

3pm to 4pm - "How can art, creativity, and story telling help heal?" presented by Sarah Hazelhurst from Momentum Mental Health in conversation with Bronte Geitz

Sunday 22nd of May 

11am to 12pm - "How does storytelling inform activism and community engagement?" presented by Nadia Brady and Robert Bailie 

1pm to 2pm - "Speaking our stories as women" presented by Rojin Rash, Shireen Maamo, and Bronte Geitz

3pm to 4pm - "Bones and all: the process of reading, researching, and writing your crime novel" with Jade Reilly in conversation with Bronte Geitz 

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Sat 21 - Sun 22 May Sat 21 - Sun 22 May Ended
The Supper Room


Bookings not required