Sydney Writers' Festival: Live & Local - Newcastle Libraries

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Newcastle Library

15 Laman Street

Cooks Hill, NSW 2303

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One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to Newcastle Libraries.

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world’s finest authors to Newcastle in real time viadigital live-streaming project, Live & Local. 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 Newcastle Libraries.

When: Friday 3 May and Saturday 4 May
Where: Newcastle Library

Cost: Free

Book a ticket for each day or just drop into any of the sessions!

SESSIONS

Friday 3 May

Session 1: 10.00am -11.00am - Leigh Sales: Any Ordinary Day
In a special event, Walkley Award-winning anchor of ABC’s 7.30 Leigh Sales sheds light on Any Ordinary Day, her layered exploration of how ordinary people endure unthinkable tragedy.

Session 2: 11.30am - 12.30pm - Is Russia the Enemy We’ve Come to Believe?
In our hurry to decry Putin, are we fuelling hatred and fostering misunderstanding? Political adviser Tom Switzer and Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill debate the legitimacy of the Russian threat, in conversation with former Russian Correspondent Monica Attard.

Session 3: 1.30pm - 2.30pm - Can You Spot A Liar ?
We lie to protect ourselves or others. We lie to avoid consequences. We lie to be cruel. Sometimes, we lie just because we can. Chris Taylor talks to three people who detect lies for a living – crime and corruption reporter Matthew Condon, Gold Walkley–award winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont and forensic psychiatrist Dr Calum Smith. They reflect on the crimes they’ve solved, the scandals they’ve exposed and the discoveries they’ve made about the inner workings of the deceitful mind.

Session 4: 3.00pm - 4.00pm - Ben Quilty: Home
In conversation with Julian Burnside QC, Archibald Prize–winning artist Ben Quilty talks about the heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of artworks, Home: Drawings by Syrian Children.

Session 5: 4.30pm - 5.30pm - David Marr: My Country​
One of Australia’s finest journalists and public intellectuals, David Marr talks about his definitive collection and illuminating chronicle of our times, My Country, with Sally Warhaft.

Saturday 4 May

Session 1: 11.30am - 12.30pm - The Kingdom and the Power - Saudi Arabia
Since becoming Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman has pushed a new public relations vision of a country in which women are free to drive, attend sporting matches and enjoy live music. But the arrest and torture of feminist activists, oppression of queer people, enduring maleguardianship laws and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi reveal a darker truth. Four Corners reporter Sophie McNeill joins Australian-based Saudi Manal al-Sharif – founder of the #WomenToDrive movement – and street artist, PhD candidate and creator of #IAmMyOwnGuardian, Ms Saffaa, to discuss women’s and queer rights in Saudi Arabia, experiences in the country, self-exile and hopes for the future.

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Newcastle Library

15 Laman Street

Cooks Hill, NSW 2303

Australia

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