Live and Local Program for 2018

by Martin Veres


Are you local? Are you living? Then we may just have the perfect event for you! Now, before anyone gets on the horn to blast me, that's not to suggest that we discriminate against the deceased (I have plenty of dead friends!), it's just that they're notoriously bad with online ticket booking, and slow to vacate their seats at the end of a session.

Live and Local is coming to Wollongong Town Hall again this year, and with it our own lineup of fantastic author talks and workshops (including local authors, and a discussion facilitated by the SCWC's director, Rike).

The whole event takes place on 5 May (that's right after Star Wars day, for those of you who celebrate it), but you might want to make sure you have your Weetbix that morning, because it's gonna be a long day.

So, without further ado, your 2018 Live and Local schedule:

  1. 🔵: Live in Person
  2. 🔶: Live Stream

9.30 - 9.50am

🔵 Local Author Talk: Young Writers Present

Young Writers Collective

The young guns of South Coast Writers Centre’s Young Writers Collective are the first cab off the rank, and they don't mean to disappoint. They're starting the day off fresh with some flash fiction and poetry.

10.00 - 11.00am

🔶 New Power

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, facilitated by Susan Dodds

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.

11.00 - 11.20am

🔵 Local Author Talk: Alan Baxter

Hidden City is the latest release by local author, Alan Baxter. He writes supernatural thrillers and urban horror, rides a motorcycle and loves his dogs. He also teaches Kung Fu. Baxter will be reading, and answering questions about his success as a dark fantasy/horror author.

11.30am - 12.30pm

🔶 Peter Greste: The First Casuality

Peter Greste, facilitated by Hugh Rimington

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. Fellow correspondent Hugh Riminton speaks to Peter about the extent to which investigative journalism is under threat in the age of terrorism and fake news.

12.40pm - 1.00pm

🔵 Local Author Talk: Missing - New YA Fiction

Sue Whiting, facilitated by Rike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis

How do you make a sad story also relatable and suspenseful? How do you bring a country you know little about to life on the page? Join Sue Whiting - local award-winning children's and YA author and editor - as she discusses the enormous challenges she faced when writing Missing.

New Phototastic Collage

Top: The Young Writers Collective
Bottom Left to Right: Sue Whiting, Alan Baxter, Catherine Evans

All photos supplied by artist.

1.30 - 2.30pm

🔶 Resisting Unjust Authority

Masha Gessen, Alexis Okeowo & Mohammed Al Samawi, facilitated by 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, and how we can free ourselves from its messages and impact.

Facilitated by The Trauma Cleaner author Sarah Krasnostein.

1.30 - 2.55pm

🔵 Workshop: Writing Speculative Fiction

Alan Baxter

Award-winning author Alan Baxter explores the conventions of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. You will learn the basics of genre writing, the rules you need to know before you break them, and strategies for building believable stories in other worlds. Attendees can expect to gain tools to improve their genre fiction, and a reading list to expand their experience.

3.00 - 4.00pm

🔶 Women in Tech: Okay Ladies, Now Let's Get Information

Angela Saini, Aminatou Sow & Elanor Huntington, facilitated by 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? Aminatou Sow is the co-founder of Tech LadyMafia; Angela Saini is a BBC science journalist and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong; and Professor Elanor Huntington is the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at ANU.

Facilitated by Deb Verhoeven.

4.10 - 4.30pm

🔵 Local Author Talk: Catherine Evans

Catherine Evans writes in two subgenres of romance - rural romances and erotic romance (explicit; nothing held back) under a pseudonym. She will be talking about writing in these genres and her latest release Long Game (ebook, Women of W.A.R. series), released in Feb 2018, which features a lineup of all-female Aussie Rules players.

4.30 - 5.30pm

🔶 Annabel Crabb's BooKwiz

Leigh Sales, Richard Fidler & Julia Zemiro, facilitated by 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 the RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro.

For more information about artists and events, please check out the Sydney Writers Festival program, and for ticketing information, click here.

Written by SCWC

Posted on March 27, 2018