Sydney Writers Festival - Live and Local

Sydney Writers Festival - Live and Local

Live streaming from Sydney Writers' Festival

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to Maitland on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May. 

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to Maitland in real time via digital live-streaming project, Live & Local.

Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May

Friday 4 May
1.30pm - 2.30pm Going Rogue: North Korea

 

Panel event with Michael Pembroke, Anna Broinowski, Min Jin Lee, Robert E. Kelly in conversation with Linda Jaivin

North Korea is unlike any other nation today. Its citizens are sealed off from the world and only allowed access to state-run propoganda, and its volatile leader Kim Jong-un is considered a threat to world peace.But can an international crisis be averted? And amid the the headlines, have we forgotten the plight of the North Korean people themselves?

Friday 4 May
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Free
Book tickets

 

3.00pm - 4.00pm Conflicting Narratives

 

 

Panel event with Ben Taub, Alexis Okeowo, Alec Luhn in conversation with Ben Doherty.


Three reporters share their perspectives on the role of storytellers in a time of ongoing conflict, terrorism and refugee crises. The New Yorker staff writer Alexis
Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky chronicles the resistance against  extremism in Africa. Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph Alec Luhn has covered protests in Russia and the war in eastern Ukraine and The New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub has written about jihadi recruitment in Europe and war crimes in Syria.

Friday 4 May
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Free 
Book tickets

4.30pm - 5.30pm Gareth Evans: Incorrigible Optimist

 

Gareth Evans in conversation with Kerry O'Brien.

 

While political memoirs are often dry self congratulating affairs, The Canberra Times has described Incorrigible Optimist as a memoir crackling with "wit, self-deprecating humour and illuminating insights". Gareth Evans covers the breadth of his colourful public life as a central figure in Australian politics and significant voice in international policymaking for more than three decades. Kerry O"Brien sits down for a revealing chat with the man Bob Hawke once praised as  having the most acute mind of any of his ministers.

Friday 4 May
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Free
Book tickets

Saturday 5 May
1.30pm - 2.30pm Resisting Unjust Authority

Panel event with Masha Gessen , Alexis Okeowo, Mohammed Al Samawi

Curated and hosted by Sarah Krasnostein

Three of the Festival’s brightest minds come together to examine ourevolving relationship with power. The Future is History author Masha Gessen, The Fox Hunt author Mohammed Al Samawi and A Moonless, Starless Sky author Alexis Okeowo consider how unjust authority is wielded and resisted in the modern world, how we can free ourselves from its messages and impact, and how these strategies are changing over time.

Saturday 5 May
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Free
Book tickets

3.00pm - 4.00pm Women in Tech

Panel event with Angela Saini, Aminatou Sow, Elanor Huntington in conversation with Deb Verhoeven

Why do the tech and science industries remain a boys’ club after so many years? How are inroads finally being made? And who are the success stories bucking the trend? Join three inspiring speakers as they celebrate the incredible women of tech and science. Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia; Angela Saini is a BBC science journalist and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong ; and Professor Elanor Huntington is the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.

Saturday 5 May
3.00pm – 4.00pm
Free
Book tickets

 

4.30pm - 5.30pm Annabel Crabb's BooKwiz

Panel event with Leigh Sales, Richard Fidler, Julia Zemiro in conversation with Annabel Crabb

Which book are you ashamed of loving? Which do you reread when you’re in a reading slump? What have you always meant to read but now suspect you never will? Beloved journalist and presenter Annabel Crabb returns to the Festival for BooKwiz, a thorough interrogation of some well-known readers, including ABC 7.30 anchor Leigh Sales, Conversations presenter Richard Fidler and – lending cult appeal – the RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro.

Saturday 5 May
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Free
Book tickets

Sunday 6 May
1.30pm - 2.30pm Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

The bestselling An American Marriage by Tayari Jones traces the lives of Roy, a black man wrongly convicted of rape, and his wife, Celestial. Widely lauded since its release, it became an official Book Club selection of Oprah Winfrey, who enthused: “It’s among Tayari's many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words – and that those words are so glorious.” Glory Edim speaks to Tayari about her stunning novel of love, racial injustice and a marriage interrupted.

Sunday 6 May
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Free
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3.00pm - 4.00pm Sarah Ferguson: On Mother

Following the sudden death of her mother, renowned ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson penned On Mother , a poignant and moving reflection on their relationship over decades and across continents. After a career spent investigating some of Australia’s most high-profile news stories, she turned the focus onto her own family to examine the individual that existed beyond motherhood. In conversation with Louise Adler, the four-time Walkley Award–winning reporter reflects on the complex bonds shared between mothers and daughters.

Sunday 6 May
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Free
Book tickets

4.30pm - 5.30pm Emily Wilson: Translating The Odyssey

In 2017, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Her translation of the 12,110-line epic poem offered a fresh perspective on the rousing tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic. Hertext has been praised for its accuracy and an accessibility that brings the ancient work into the 21st century – perhaps raising the eyebrows of some Homer purists along the way. Speaking to Jennifer Byrne, Emily elaborates on her approach to translating the second-oldest text in Western literature and why it remains so vital today.

Sunday 6 May
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Free
Book tickets