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 Byron Bay in real time through the Live & Local project.
Streamed LIVE by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by Byron Writers Festival on Saturday 4 May, 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.
Join us as we celebrate books, challenge ideas, and interrogate power.
When: Saturday 4 May Time: 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start of Session One Where: SAE Theatre, SAE, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay Tickets: Members plus one guest FREE; General Admission $10
Panel with Mark Scott, Jonathan Holmes, Margaret Simons, Marc Fennell and Sally Warhaft
The ABC is about to turn 90, yet seldom has the public broadcaster seen such controversy: public spats, budget cuts, accusations of bias, political pressure and leadership tensions. Sally Warhaft talks to On Us author and former ABC managing director Mark Scott (in a rare appearance discussing the broadcaster), On Aunty author and former Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes, host of ABC podcast Download This Show and co-anchor on SBS VICELAND’s The Feed Marc Fennell and journalist Margaret Simons about Michelle Guthrie’s dismissal and why the broadcaster must adapt to survive a new era of media.
Jenny Erpenbeck in conversation with Michelle de Krester
Jenny Erpenbeck’s masterful new novel Go, Went, Gone explores the sometimes fraught and always complex relationship between a retired classics professor and a group of African asylum seekers in Berlin. The Guardian praises Jenny as “Europe’s outstanding literary seer” while The New Yorker likens her to J.M. Coetzee and V.S. Naipaul. She joins Michelle de Kretser to discuss her powerful response to the refugee crisis and explore some of the questions it raises about race, immigration and identity.