We are thrilled to announce that we are once again bringing the Sydney Writers’ Festival to the Star Theatre, Invermay, this year!

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will be streaming its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to the Star Theatre's big screen on Friday April 30, Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2.

We are inviting you to be part of Live & Local, streamed live by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally to Launceston's Star Theatre.

Prepare to be engaged by conversations, debates and discussions as the Festival brings some of the world’s finest authors to Launceston in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the stage.


General: $20 each
Student: $10 each

Bookings through Star Theatre on 6333 1190 and startheatre.com.au

Don't forget that the Star Theatre offers light snacks and beverages.
Our partner Petrarch's Bookshop will also be on site with a popup book store and the featured authors' books for sale.

The Lineup

Friday April 30, 2–3pm
But Not Forgotten

When a beloved author dies, there is consolation in knowing that their books–the culminated words of a lifetime in letters–outlive them and tether us to their memory. However the beauty of those words isn’t simply a static point in time; it continues to evolve in the minds of the writers and thinkers who follow them. Four Festival guests reflect on the powerful work of four writers taken from us in the past year. A session of reflection, tribute and celebration featuring Michelle de Kretser on Sydney literary great Elizabeth Harrower; Kerry O’Brien on legendary political reporter Mungo MacCallum; Michael Robotham on spy master John le Carré; and Sally Warhaft on Jan Morris.

Saturday May 1, 4–5pm
Richard Flanagan & Laura Tingle

Richard Flanagan is a legend of Australian letters. His much-lauded novels are published in 42 countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. His latest book The Living Sea of Waking Dreams offers a tender, haunting portrait of a world disappearing around us. With ABC's Laura Tingle, he reflects on capturing in words the things we’re losing.

Sunday May 2, 12noon–1pm
George Miller: Beyond Thunderdome

George Miller is a legend of cinema. From Mad Max to Babe to the recent triumph of Fury Road (with a Happy Feet or two along the way), it’s hard to think of a more revolutionary creative figure in Australia today.

Sunday May 2, 4–5pm
Great Adaptations: Margaret and David Return

Greatly missed on TV screens, the nation’s favourite film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton reunite in a special event discussing movie adaptations of Australian books. The famously sparring duo settle back into their critics’ chairs to offer their top five standout movies that do justice to the original text, the five-star films that bested the books and the flops that lost their lustre when transposed from page to screen.