Byron Writers Festival in conjunction with Sydney Writers Festival once again will be streaming sessions live to regional audiences for Live & Local, Saturday 27 May. Register for this FREE member’s event and be whisked away for an afternoon of literary delights.
After the success of Live & Local in 2016, Sydney Writers’ Festival partners yet again with Byron Writers Festival 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 SAE Institute, Byron BAY on 27 May.
Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to Byron 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 Byron Writers Festival.
Hiram Matar, followed by Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales
This year’s sessions will have you wallowing, then chuckling as we step into two very different worlds.
Session One: Hisham Matar: The Return (3.00 – 4.00pm)
Hiram Matar in conversation with Jason Steger
At 19, Hisham Matar’s Libyan father was kidnapped and held in a secret prison in Libya. Matar never saw his father again. His unflinching memoir charts a son’s search for his father’s fate. Peter Carey called The Return “A triumph of art over tyranny”. Hisham Matar talks to Fairfax Literary editor Jason Steger about how his search was both an effort to reconcile his loss and a harrowing journey into history, politics, art and the brutal legacy of corrupted power.
Session Two: Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales – Our Reading Year (4.30 – 5.30pm)
Acclaimed journalists by day, keen readers by night, this beloved double act has charmed Australia with their podcast Chat 10, Looks 3 and their TV show When I Get A Minute. 7.30 host Leigh Sales and political commentator Annabel Crabb share an unmistakable chemistry, characterised by and quick-witted banter. Here, they look back on a year in reading – sharing the books that moved or amused them, and the ones that put them to sleep.
When: Saturday 27 May Time: 2.30 for a 3pm start of Session One* Where: SAE Theatre, SAE, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay