Live and Local 2017

by Martin Veres

Lock 27 May into your calendars, ladies and gents, because that there is Live and Local day! Here’s a list of all the great events you can come to right here at Wollongong Town Hall.

Morning Session (10.00am – 12.30pm)


All Girls to the Front – A Panel on Feminism Politics & Current Affairs

10.00am – 11.00am

Jan Fran facilitates this panel discussion with some powerful voices in feminist writing: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Clementine Ford, Tracey Spicer, and Susan Faludi. After Yassmin’s recent Anzac Day furore, I expect some very interesting discussion pieces to come out of this panel. Should be a good one!

Dreams of Her Real Self – A Panel on Helen Garner

11.30am – 12.30pm

Join Annabel Crabb, Benjamin Law, Fiona McFarlane, Bernadette Brennan, and facilitator Rebecca Gibbs for an in-depth discussion on the 40-year career of Helen Garner, author of Joe Cinque’s Consolation and The Children’s Bach.

Afternoon Session (1.30pm – 5.30pm)

A Life in Brain Surgery – A Conversation with Henry Marsh

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Sofija Stefanovic interviews Henry Marsh about his life as a brain surgeon, and his recent memoir, Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery. So, if you’d like an insight into the mind of a man whose job is to get an insight into the brain, this one’s for you.

The Return – A Conversation with Hisham Matar

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Hisham Matar talks with Fairfax literary editor Jason Steger about his book, The Return. History, politics, art, and the human cost of corrupted power all come together in a story about Hisham’s search for clues as to his father’s fate, after he was kidnapped and taken to a Libyan prison.

Our Reading Year – A Conversation with Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales

4.30 – 5.30

Join the hosts of Chat 10 Looks 3 for a chat about the books they’ve had the pleasure (or misfortune) of reading over the past year. A fun, light-hearted powwow to round off the afternoon session.

We’ll also be running the Wollongong Writers’ Lounge sessions throughout the day, to which access is FREE, so come along and check out what our local talents are all about.

Storyland – Stories Set in the Illawarra, with Catherine McKinnon

12.35pm – 1.15pm

An exploration of people and place, Storyland is narrative of our history, our present, and our future. Join Catherine McKinnon for a talk about her latest book, its inspiration, and its connection to the Illawarra.

Helena Fox Dunan’s Young Writers Collective

2.35pm – 2.55pm

Facilitated by SCWC director, Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis, the Young Writers Collective will be performing a reading of their works in poetry, prose, and free verse.

Spoken Medicine, with Gabe Journey Jones

4.05pm – 4.25pm

Performing works from her upcoming book, Spoken Medicine, Gabe Journey Jones’s spoken word poetry is a powerful synthesis of social, political, and personal action. Before you see her perform, though, you might want to check out her workshop (see below).

Publishing – How the Locals do it

5.40pm – 6.40pm

Join panellists Ron Pretty, Sarah Nicholson, Diane Bates, and Catherine MacKinnon for a discussion on the different forms of publishing available today. Drawing on their extensive collective experience as authors and publishers, this panel is a one stop shop for all your publishing queries. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

Finally, running parallel to the morning and afternoon sessions, we’ll also be holding two workshops.

Do You Want to Write for Kids? How to get Published, with Sandy Fussell

11.10am – 12.30pm

Age Range: 12 – 112

Cost: $15

For aspiring and destined children’s authors, young and old, Sandy Fussell discusses writing children’s fiction, networking, and approaching publishers. Get the tips from a pro. You’re never too old to write for children (unless you’re over 112, in which case you’re probably ready to write your non-fiction account of how you discovered the Fountain of Youth).

Soapbox Skills – Performance Poetry Workshop, with Gabe Journey Jones

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Age Range: 16 – 98

Cost: $15

Performance poetry requires skill and confidence, and Gabe Journey Jones has both in spades (and some in buckets, and more on shelves). This workshop focuses on improving stage presence, mic techniques, connecting with the audience, articulation, and confidence building. If you feel ready to share your work with the world, come along and learn to express yourself. If you don’t feel ready, then you should definitely come along and build your confidence!

For ticket bookings and more information, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Written by SCWC

Posted on May 09, 2017