The Sydney Writers Festival - Live and Local
Talks & Ideas
05 May – 05 May
Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest forum celebrating books and ideas in the southern hemisphere. The Festival brings the world’s finest authors and esteemed thinkers to together in real time through the Live & Local project.
Streamed LIVE by Sydney Writers’ Festival to The Music Lounge, Live & Local offers regional and national audiences access to new ideas from great minds, with the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event by sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.
This year in addition to the live streaming, Merrigong Theatre Company in collaboration with South Coast Writers Centre, Shellharbour City Libraries and Wollongong City Libraries present four local authors live on stage and a workshop to bring this event to life!
Join us as we celebrate books, challenge ideas, and interrogate power.
To view the program, click here.
9.30am - 9.50am
Local Author Talk: Young writer's present
Young Writers Collective
The South Coast Writers Centre’s Young Writers Collective is both a class and a community. The young writers create work they are proud of, all in a relaxed and supportive space. Every year, their work is re-produced in a Zine that showcases their writing. Listen to their flash fiction and poetry.
10am - 11am
Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, facilitated by Susan Dodds
11am - 11.20am
Local Author Talk: Alan Baxter
When the city is sick, everyone suffers. Steven Hines listened to the city and the city spoke. Hidden City is the latest release by local author, Alan Baxter. He writes supernatural thrillers and urban horror, rides a motorcycle and loves his dogs. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia. Baxter will be reading and answer questions about his success as a dark fantasy/horror author.
11.30am - 12.30pm
Peter Greste: The First Casuality
Peter Greste, facilitated by Hugh Rimington
12.40pm - 1pm
Local Author Talk: Missing - New YA Fiction
Sue Whiting, facilitated by Rike Krishnabhakdi - Vasilakis
How do you make a sad story also relatable and suspense filled? How do you bring a country you know little about alive on the page? Join Sue Whiting as she discusses the enormous challenges she faced when writing MISSING. Sue Whiting is an award-winning children's and YA author and editor who lives in the Illawarra.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Resisting Unjust Authority
Masha Gessen, Alexis Okeowo & Mohammed Al Samawi, facilitated by Sarah Krasnostein
1.30pm - 2.55pm
Workshop: Writing Speculative Fiction
Award-winning author Alan Baxter will explore the conventions of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. You will learn the basics of genre writing, the rules you need to know before you break them, and strategies for building believable stories in other worlds. Attendees can expect to gain tools to improve their genre fiction, and a reading list to expand their experience. This workshop will include plenty of opportunity for Q&A.
3pm - 4pm
Women in Tech: Okay Ladies, Now Let's Get Information
Angela Saini, Aminatou Sow & Elanor Huntington, facilitated by Deb Verhoeven
4.10pm - 4.30pm
Local Author Talk: Catherine Evans
Catherine Evans writes in two subgenres of romance –rural romances and erotic romance (explicit; nothing held back) under a pseudonym. She will be talking about writing in these genres and her latest release Long Game (ebook, Women of W.A.R. series) which came out in Feb 2018, with the heroines being all female Aussie Rules players.
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Annabel Crabb's BooKwiz
Leigh Sales, Richard Fidler & Julia Zemiro, facilitated by Annabel Crabb
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Wollongong Town Hall, The Music Lounge
A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.
Sat 5 May, 9.30am
Approx. 1 hr each session
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