Live & Local

Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest forum celebrating books and ideas in the southern hemisphere. The Festival will bring the world’s finest authors and esteemed thinkers to local areas in real-time through the Live & Local project.

This year Sydney Writers’ Festival will once again livestream events from the festival that are then presented locally by partner organisations. This partnership provides access to new ideas from great minds, and the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions for national audiences.

When the program was piloted in 2015, Live & Local partnered with just 10 streaming partners across NSW. In 2021, we are proud to have 54 partners on board from every state and territory in Australia, spanning locations such as Broome, Broken Hill and Launceston. Find participating venues at the bottom of this page.

Being so remote from the capital city of Western Australia, it gives an option to attend and be a part of the Festival. Attendees stayed between sessions and chatted, had a cup of coffee and made valuable social links in the community.

Live & Local partner, Broome WA

The below Sydney Writers’ Festival highlights are being streamed live Australia-wide.

Live & Local Venues


National Library of Australia, Canberra



Write Around the Murray Festival, Albury 

Armidale Regional Council, Armidale and Guyra 

Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst 

Bega Valley Shire Library, Bega 

Broken Hill City Library, Broken Hill 

Byron Writers Festival, Byron Bay 

Central Coast Library Services, Central Coast 

Griffith City Library, Griffith 

Kiama Library, Kiama

Lake Macquarie Libraries, Lake Macquarie

Maitland City Library, Maitland 

Merrigong Theatre Company, streaming at Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong

MidCoast Libraries, streaming at Taree Library, Taree

Mudgee Readers' Festival, Mudgee 

Newcastle Libraries, Newcastle 

Glasshouse Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie 

Shellharbour City Libraries, Shellharbour

Tamworth Regional Council, Tamworth, Narrabri, Nundle, and Uralla 

Wagga Wagga City Library, Wagga Wagga 

Zoe Wood Creative, streaming at Tournament Cafe, Medlow Bath



City of Darwin Libraries, Darwin 



Douglas Shire Council, Douglas 

Empire Theatre, Toowoomba 

Central Highlands Regional Council, Emerald 

Gold Coast Libraries, Gold Coast

Mackay Regional Council - Library Service, Mackay 

Maleny Community Centre, Maleny 

Mount Isa City Library, Mount Isa 



Adelaide City Libraries, streaming at Adelaide City Library, Adelaide

Burnside Library, Burnside 

City of Marion, streaming and Cove Civic Centre and Park Holme Library, Marion 

City of Mitcham, streaming at Mitcham Memorial Library, Mitcham

Clare Library, Clare

District Council of Grant, streaming at Port MacDonnell Library, Port MacDonnell

Mount Barker District Council, streaming at Mount Barker Library, Mount Barker

Mount Gambier Library, Mount Gambier 

Onkaparinga Libraries, Onkaparinga

Port Lincoln Library, Port Lincoln 

West Torrens Library Service, West Torrens



Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Launceston 

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, Hobart  



Goldfields Library Corporation, Bendigo and surrounding areas 

Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Geelong

Wimmera Regional Library Corporation, Horsham 

Latrobe City Council Libraries, Latrobe 

Goulburn Valley Libraries, Shepparton 



Albany Public Library, Albany

City of Belmont, Belmont 

Shire of Broome, Broome 

City of Karratha, Karratha 

State Library of Western Australia, Perth  


Territory of Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Regional Council, Norfolk Island


Join us as we celebrate books, interrogate truths and challenge ideas. If your organisation would like to be part of the 2021 Live & Local program, fill out our Expression of Interest form.