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Sydney Writers' Festival


The Sydney Writers' Festival is coming to Port Stephens this May! Various author talks will be live streamed daily at the Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Libraries! Come along to hear behind the scenes discussions of these novels and the author's processes and experiences.

Bookings are essential as places are limited. Contact your preferred library to make a booking: Raymond Terrace 4988 0111 or Tomaree 4988 0670.

View the full program:

Thursday 25 May

Jane Harper: Exiles
  • 10am to 11am
  • Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jane Harper discusses Exiles, the thrilling and likely final instalment of novels following investigator Aaron Falk, with Michaela Kalowski.
Richard Fidler: The Book of Roads & Kingdoms
  • 12pm to 1pm
  • Much-loved radio host and author Richard Fidler delves into The Book of Roads & Kingdoms, his account of medieval wanderers during Islam’s Golden Age. He is joined by Caroline Baum.
Geraldine Brooks : Horse
  • 2pm to 3pm
  • Pulitzer Prize–winning author and journalist Geraldine Brooks sheds light on her best-selling novel, Horse, a sweeping historical saga of spirit, obsession and racial injustice, in conversation with Nicole Abadee.

Friday 26 May

Bringing the Past to Life
  • 10am to 11am
  • Celebrated historical novelists Geraldine Brooks and Pip Williams and newcomer Sally Colin-James share their insights into drawing from the past to understand the present and the future, in a panel event hosted by ABC RN’s
Eleanor Catton: Birnam Wood
  • 12pm to 1pm
  • The Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, discusses her keenly anticipated thriller Birnam Wood with Beejay Silcox.
Michael Kirby & Bo Seo
  • 2pm to 3pm
  • Two-time world debating champion and Good Arguments author Bo Seo and former High Court justice Michael Kirby examine how to better listen and disagree with each other in an era of divisive public debate.

Saturday 27 May

A Life in Food : Stephanie Alexander & Maggie Beer
  • 10am to 11am
  • Culinary icons Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer reflect on their decades-long friendship and decorated careers, which have transformed how Australians think about food, with interviewer Adam Liaw.
Crime and Justice
  • 12pm to 1pm
  • Helen Garner and Hedley Thomas discuss their approaches to writing about crime and how they grapple with questions of justice, in conversation with Sarah Krasnostein.