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370 Darling St
Balmain, NSW 2041 Australia
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Due to unprecedented demand, this event has been rescheduled to Wednesday February 17th and relocated to Balmain Town Hall. Those who registered interest to see the event live have been contacted. If you registered and have not heard from us, please check your spam mail.

‘Great cities need great champions. Sydney needs Elizabeth Farrelly.’ – Adam Spencer

Killing Sydney, Elizabeth Farrelly’s hotly anticipated new book on the fight for a city’s soul, is one of the first major publishing events for 2021. Informed by her history as a architectural writer and former city councillor, Farrelly gives voice to the concerns many of us hold as we have seen Sydney change – the harm done to our built and natural environment, the heritage and cultural value that has been compromised by poor planning and careless politics, and the people and parties that have been complicit. With advanced praise from figures as diverse as Paul Keating, Di Morrissey and the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, this book is sure to galvanise vigorous and important conversation and reflection on Sydney’s past and future.

On Wednesday February 17, Farrelly will be speaking on the book with popular event host Sunil Badami. Registrations to see this event live are now closed. Those who registered have been contacted. If you have not heard from us, please check your spam mail.

The event will be simultaneously live-streamed for free via the Roaring Stories Facebook page, where it will appear on the ‘Live’ tab as a post at the scheduled start time of 7.00pm. It will also be made available after the event as a recording, accessible via the Roaring Stories YouTube channel.

If you would like to submit a question to Elizabeth Farrelly relating to the themes of her book, email it to with the subject line Q&A: KILLING SYDNEY before February 12. Please note that due to time constraints, we cannot guarantee that every question will be answered.

Columnist Elizabeth Farrelly brings her unique perspective as architectural writer and former city councillor to a burning question for our times: how will we live in the future? Can our communities survive pandemic, environmental disaster, overcrowding, government greed and big business?

Using her own adopted city of Sydney, she creates a roadmap for urban living and analyses the history of cities themselves to study why and how we live together, now and into the future.

Killing Sydney is part-lovesong, part-warning: little by little, our politics are becoming debased and our environment degraded. The tipping point is close. Can the home we love survive?

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Dr Elizabeth Farrelly trained in architecture and philosophy, practiced in Auckland, London and Bristol, holds a PhD in urbanism from the University of Sydney, and is an Associate Professor (Practice) at the University of NSW Graduate School of Urbanism. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand but has made Sydney her home since the late 1980s. She is the author of several books, including Three Houses – a monograph on renowned architect Glenn Murcutt – is a Walkley-shortlisted journalist, critic and essayist, served as a Councillor for the City of Sydney from 1991 to 1995, and her portrait by Mirra Whale was a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sunil Badami is a writer, performer, broadcaster and Sydneysider. His work has appeared in publications in Australia and abroad, including Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Seizure, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.

This event is presented by Roaring Stories Bookshop Balmain with Pan Macmillan



    • Paula West

    • 3 years ago

    I would love to listen to Elizabeth Farrelly about a subject very dear to my heart, our beautiful planet and how we can , moving forward , co exist through using current knowledge to sustain our country .

    • John Head

    • 3 years ago

    I have had no response to my original message nor when some tickets went into a ‘lucky draw’.

      • Kate Prendergast

      • 3 years ago

      Hi John – we sent you an email this morning. Please check your spam mail.

    • Nath

    • 3 years ago

    Do you have any tickets left?

      • Roaring Stories

      • 3 years ago

      Hi Nath – I’m afraid we are fully booked. You’re welcome to sign up to the Roaring Stories newsletter to stay in the loop with future events.

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