Sydney Writers' Festival livestreamed at Kiama Library

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Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest forum celebrating books and ideas in the southern hemisphere.

Now you can watch free livestreamed festival events in real time at Kiama Library.

Browse the program, select your events and book online or call the library on (02) 4233 1133.


Author photo of Kate Grenville with short cropped white hair, glasses and black shirt, and green book cover of Room Made of Leaves.

Kate Grenville, Tues 27 April, 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Internationally bestselling author and Orange Prize winner, Kate Grenville (The Secret River ), discusses her latest imaginative response to history, A Room Made of Leaves. A playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented, A Room Made of Leaves takes as its starting point the conceit that Elizabeth Macarthur wrote a shockingly frank secret memoir. Join Kate as she discusses her first novel in almost a decade.

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Photo of Candice Fox with short cropped brown hair and black shirt and yellow, orange and blue book cover of Candice Fox, Thurs 29 April, 6.30 - 7.30 pm

‘One of Australia’s finest new gen crime writers’ (The Sydney Morning Herald), Candice Fox, discusses her latest novel, The Chase, an electrifying cat-and-mouse thriller set in the Nevada desert after a mass prison breakout lets loose 650 of the country’s most dangerous prisoners.

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Black, white and yellow graphics and photo of Barrie Cassidy wearing black jacket and stripey shirt.Barrie Cassidy and friends: Biden’s America, Fri 30 April 10-11 am

This is smart, analytical and challenging live journalism from one of the best. Evan Osnos, author of Joe Biden, discusses the Biden presidency with Barrie Cassidy, then a panel of experts join the conversation to talk about an America under pressure.

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Black and white photo of a smiling Judy Blume and short curly hair.Are you there Sydney? It’s me, Judy Blume, Fri 30 April 12-1 pm

Judy Blume, the prolific author of irreverent and celebrated books for young and old readers alike, appears live via video to discuss her storied career with on-stage interviewer Sophie Black.

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Four head shot photos of Kerry OBrien, Elizabeth Harrower, Mungo MacCallum and Michelle de KretserBut not forgotten, Fri 30 April 2-3 pm

Four Festival guests reflect on the powerful work of four writers taken from us in the past year. Featuring Michelle de Kretser on Sydney literary great Elizabeth Harrower; Kerry O’Brien on legendary political reporter Mungo MacCallum; Guest Curator Michael Robotham on spy master John le Carré; and Sally Warhaft on pioneering travel writer Jan Morris.

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Three head shots of Rebecca Huntley, David Marr and Laura TingleThe Larrikin lie, Fr 30 April 4-5pm

We like to think we’re a devil-may-care, larrikin-loving country, but David Marr and Rebecca Huntley separate truth from myth as they explore our compliant, obedient, authority-loving ways, with Laura Tingle.

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