Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Live & Local program returns to Orange

Orange Council

Headline events from the Sydney Writers’ Festival will be livestreamed in Orange this month as part of its Live & Local program, hosted by Orange City Library.

First held in 1997, the Sydney Writers Festival brings together diverse writers and thinkers from across Australia and the world to discuss current affairs and celebrate literature.

Sixteen sessions of the popular annual literary festival will be broadcast live by Orange City Library from May 25 to 28.

HIGHLIGHT: After the success of Live & Local in 2022, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Orange in 2023 to bring the best of the festival direct to you.

Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair, Cr Mel McDonell is pleased Orange has again been chosen as one of 50 sites across Australia to broadcast the program, after its success last year.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for regional audiences to join in conversations with some of the world’s finest writers at one of the most prestigious forums for literature, writing and ideas,” Cr McDonell said.

The program includes conversations and panel discussions with writers, podcasters, journalists, politicians, activists, debaters and even chefs, such as Jane Harper, Richard Fidler, Geraldine Brooks, George Monbiot, Eleanor Catton, Michael Kirby, Colson Whitehead, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Helen Garner, Hedley Thomas, Pip Williams, Helen Haines, Barrie Cassidy, Stan Grant and Kerry O’Brien.

Live & Local will be held in the theatrette at Orange Regional Gallery from 10am to 5pm each day and audiences will be able to participate by sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

The sessions are free, however, spaces are limited and people wishing to attend should book online via Eventbrite or call Orange City Library on 6393 8132.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local at Orange Regional Gallery – Program

Click here to view the full program for more details on each session.

Thursday 25 May

  • 10:00-11:00am: Jane Harper – Exiles
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Richard Fidler – The Book of Roads & Kingdoms:
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Geraldine Brooks – Horse
  • 4:00-5:00pm: George Monbiot – Regenesis

Friday 26 May

  • 10:00-11:00am: Bringing the past to life – Geraldine Brooks and Pip Williams
  • 12:00-1:00om: Eleanor Catton – Birnham Wood
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Michael Kirby and Bo Seo
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Colson Whitehead – Harlem Shuffle

Saturday 27 May

  • 10:00-11:00am: A life in food – Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Crime and Justice – Helen Garner and Hedley Thomas
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Great Adaptations – Eleanor Catton, Holly Ringland and Tom Rob Smith
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Pip Williams – The Bookbinder of Jericho

Sunday 28 May

  • 10:00-11:00am: Barrie Cassidy & Friends – The State of the Nation
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Fifty Shades of Teal – Helen Hanes, Simon Holmes a Court and Margot Saville
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Reckoning, Not Reconciliation – Stan Grant and Teela Reid
  • 4:00-5:00pm: The Voice to Parliament: All the detail you need to know – Kerry O’Brien and Thomas Mayo

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