After the success of Live & Local in 2018, highlights from the Sydney Writers' Festival will again stream live to the Wagga Wagga Council Chambers from Carriageworks, Bay 17, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3 to 5.
The Sydney Writers' Festival is one of Australia's best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, and Riverina audiences will have access to the largest festival of books and ideas in the southern hemisphere, without leaving Wagga.
Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the festival brings the world's finest authors to regional audiences in real time.
This is the fourth year that the library has participated in the Live & Local program. In 2019, we will offer our community access to all three days of the program.
Festival highlights will include Walkley Award-winning anchor of ABC's 7.30 Leigh Sales discussing her book Any Ordinary Day, an exploration of how ordinary people endure unthinkable tragedy.
Following her own brush with mortality, Sales explores how people survive everything from natural disasters to terrorism, not just with shock and sadness, but also with strength, hope and even humour. Sales' session will commence at 10am on Friday, May 3.
On Saturday, May 4 at 4.30pm, Clementine Ford and Adam Liaw will be in conversation with Jan Fan on toxic masculinity and the harm it inflicts on men and women, and how we can raise our boys to be better men. Ford's Boys Will Be Boys is an acclaimed call to action against a culture of entitlement, privilege and power. Liaw is a columnist, author and chef with a double degree in Science and Law from the University of Adelaide. He is one smart cookie with a unique perspective.
Annabel Crabb will be speaking to a panel of insiders: Walkley Award winner Sharri Markson, veteran political reporter Samantha Maiden and The Australian columnist Niki Savva. Together they will examine the fraught and sensitive relationship between politicians and the press. How do journalists ensure accurate reporting while cultivating sources? How do they navigate porous concepts like 'on background' and 'off the record'? And how symbiotic is the relationship between politicians wanting airtime and reporters looking for a sound bite? The session commences at 4.30pm Sunday, May 5.
Tickets are just $10 per day and provide you with access to any and all of the sessions offered on that day. For more information visit the library's events web page where you will find information on the full program and links to book your tickets.