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Sydney Writers' Festival – Live and Local


Sat 27 May 2017, 10:00am–7:00pm

Where: Wollongong Town Hall, Crown Street, Wollongong CBD, Illawarra

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Adult: $20.00
  • General Admission Con/Student: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Merrigong

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.

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+.