Merrigong Theatre Company in association with the South Coast Writers Centre presents

Sydney Writers' Festival – Live & Local

Watch interactive live-streamed sessions from the Sydney Writers’ Festival right here in Wollongong!

27 May – 27 May

After the success of Live & Local in 2016, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Wollongong Town Hall in 2017.

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay direct to Wollongong on 27 May.

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to Wollongong 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 Sydney stage.

Be part of Live & Local, streamed live by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by Wollongong Town Hall. 

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local, hosted by Wollongong Town Hall

Live Streamed Interactive Events: Five live-streamed sessions

Live Panel Discussion: Brought to you by the South Coast Writers Centre, featuring an exciting line-up of local writers and experts.

Writer's Lounge : In-between sessions you can browse the book stalls and listen to published authors read excerpts from their books/writing

Workshops: Writing for kids and how to build confidence on stage!

Food & Drinks: Selected food and drink will be available onsite to enjoy between sessions from  The Social @ IPAC 

Live Streamed Sessions in the Main Auditorium of Wollongong Town Hall 

Buy a Morning Session (2 events)

10.00am - 11.00am - All the Girls to the Front

11am - 11.30am - BREAK

11.30am - 12.30pm - Dreams of Her Real Self: Writers on Helen Garner 

Buy a Afternoon Session (3 events)

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Henry Marsh: Admissions - A Life in Brain Surgery  

2.30pm - 3.00pm - BREAK

3.00pm - 4.00pm - Hisham Matar: The Return 

4.00pm - 4.30pm - BREAK 

4.30pm - 5.30pm - Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year

'Writer's Lounge' - in The Music Lounge, young Writer's Group  
Sessions in the Writers Lounge during the breaks of the live streamed events

Session 1: 12:35am - 1.15pm - Storyland - Stories set in the Illawarra 

Session 2: 2.35pm - 2.55pm - Young Writer's Group

Session 1: 4.05pm - 4.25pm - Spoken Medicine with Gabe Journey Jones 

Session 2: 5.40pm - 6.40pm - Publishing - How the locals do it! (panel discussion)

'Workshop' - in the Ocean Room

Genre: Writing & Publishling 

Facilitator: Sandy Fussell

Workshop 1: 11.10am - 12.30pm - Do you want to write for kids? how to get published WITH Sandy Fussell. For ages 12+

Genre: Spoken Work Performance Poetry

Facilitator: Gabe Journey Jones

Workshop 2: 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Soapbox skills - Performance poetry workshop. For ages 16+


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Venue Information

Wollongong Town Hall, Main Auditorium


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Per Session Ticket (Morning or Afternoon):
Adult: $20, Conc/Student: $15

Workshop: All Tickets $15 (Limited tickets available)

(Single tickets booked online or by phone incur a $6.90 fee per transaction)

Performance Times
General Public:
Sat 27 May from 10am

Running Time
All day

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