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Sydney Writer's Festival Live & Local

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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 Darwin in real time through the Live & Local project.

Streamed LIVE by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by City of Darwin Libraries on the 4th & 5th of March, 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: 9.15am-5pm Fri 4 & Sat 5 May
Where: Casuarina Library Meeting Room

Please register for all the sessions you wish to attend.

Please note, entry to the event during library opening hours (Friday all day, Saturday 9am-12noon) is through the main entrance. From 12noon-5pm on Saturday, entry will be through the courtyard entry which is located beside the carpark.

The program is over two big days.

Friday 4 May

Doors open 9.15am

9.30-10.30am Jane Harper: Force of Nature
Presenter - Jane Harper Facilitator - Claire Nichols
Jane Harper’s Force of Nature is the follow-up thriller to the runaway success of her debut, The Dry, which was sold into more than 20 countries and optioned for a film adaption by Reese Witherspoon.

11am-12noon The Future of China
Presenters - Minglu Chen, Xue Yiwei, Robert E. Kelly Facilitator - Linda Jaivin
Xi Jinping has become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. But with his consolidation of power, the country has become more authoritarian, with increasing censorship and arrests of lawyers and activists. Three Festival authors uniquely placed to discuss China sit down with Linda Jaivin to talk about its political, economic and cultural future.

1-2pm Going Rogue: North Korea
Presenters - Michael Pembroke, Anna Broinowski, Min Jin Lee, Robert E. Kelly Facilitator - Linda Javin
North Korea is unlike any other nation today. Its citizens are sealed off from the world and only allowed access to state-run propaganda, and its volatile leader Kim Jong-un is considered a threat to world peace. But can an international crisis be averted? Political science professor Robert E. Kelly, Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, Korea author Michael Pembroke and filmmaker and writer Anna Broinowski discuss the isolated nation with Linda Jaivin.

2.30-3.30pm Conflicting Narratives
Presenters - Ben Taub, Alexis Okeowo, Alec Luhn Facilitator - Ben Doherty
Three reporters share their perspectives on the role of storytellers in a time of ongoing conflict, terrorism and refugee crises, in conversation with The Guardian journalist Ben Doherty. The New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky chronicles the resistance against extremism in Africa. Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph Alec Luhn has covered protests in Russia and the war in eastern Ukraine. The New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub has written about jihadi recruitment in Europe and war crimes in Syria.

4-5pm Gareth Evans: Incorrigible Optimist
Presenter - Gareth Evans Facilitator - Kerry O'Brien
While political memoirs are often dry, self-congratulating affairs, The Canberra Times has described Incorrigible Optimist as a memoir crackling with “wit, self-deprecating humour and illuminating insights”. Gareth covers the breadth of his colourful public life as a central figure in Australian politics and a significant voice in international policymaking for more than three decades.

Saturday 5 May

Doors open 9.15am

9.30-10.30am New Power
Presenters - Jeremy Heimans, Henry Timms Facilitator - Susan Dodds
For millennia, power was something to be seized and jealously guarded. However, the rapid emergence of new technologies is changing the game. From Bernie Saunders to President Donald Trump, from taxis to B&Bs, new ideas, political movements and businesses now spread with astonishing speed. In conversation with Professor Susan Dodds, New Power authors Jeremy Heimans (co-founder of GetUp!) and Henry Timms draw on examples from politics, popular culture, business and social justice to explain the disruptive forces that are changing the course of our age.

11am-12noon Peter Greste: The First Casualty
Presenter - Peter Greste Facilitator - Hugh Riminton
Foreign correspondent Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the frontline in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his incarceration in an Egyptian prison. The First Casualty is his enlightening firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West.

1-2pm Resisting Unjust Authority
Presenters - Masha Gessen, Alexis Okeowo, Mohammed Al Samawi Facilitator - Sarah Krasnostein
Three of the Festival’s brightest minds come together to examine our evolving relationship with power. The Future is History author Masha Gessen, The Fox Hunt author Mohammed Al Samawi and A Moonless, Starless Sky author Alexis Okeowo consider how unjust authority is wielded and resisted in the modern world, how we can free ourselves from its messages and impact, and how these strategies are changing over time.

2.30-3.30pm Women in Tech: Okay Ladies, Now Let's Get Information
Presenters - Angela Saini, Aminatou Sow, Elanor Huntington Facilitator - Deb Verhoeven
Why do the tech and science industries remain a boys’ club after so many years? How are inroads finally being made? And who are the success stories bucking the trend? Join three inspiring speakers in conversation with Deb Verhoeven as they celebrate the incredible women of tech and science.

4-5pm Annabel Crabb's BooKwiz
Presenters - Leigh Sales, Richard Fidler, Julia Zemiro Facilitator - Annabel Crabb
Which book are you ashamed of loving? Which do you reread when you’re in a reading slump? What have you always meant to read but now suspect you never will? Beloved journalist and presenter Annabel Crabb returns to the Festival for BooKwiz, a thorough interrogation of some well-known readers, including ABC 7.30 anchor Leigh Sales, Conversations presenter Richard Fidler and – lending cult appeal – the RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro.

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