TALK: Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local

Join us for Live & Local 2024, streamed live by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally to Latrobe City. 

Thursday 23 May – Sunday 26 May | 10am | GPAC Meeting Room 2 

One of Australia’s most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney to the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre from Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 May 2024.  

Prepare to be invigorated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions featuring some of the world’s finest writers and thinkers. Audiences can also participate in live Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions straight to the Sydney stage.  

Thursday 23

10am – 11am | Julia Baird: Bright Shining
Broadcaster and Phosphorescence author Julia Baird. 

12pm – 1pm | Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.

2pm – 3pm | Suzie Miller: Prima Facie
Award–winning playwright Suzie Miller in conversation with Nicole Abadee.

Friday 24

10am – 11am | A.C. Grayling: The Meaning of Life in a Technological Age  
Join pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling for this special talk.

12pm – 1pm | The War on Journalists
Featuring Julian Borger, John Lyons, Alisa Sopova, and Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Hosted by Hamish Macdonald.

2pm – 3pm | Abdulrazak Gurnah: Afterlives
Acclaimed writer Abdulrazak Gurnah talks with Sisonke Msimang.

Saturday 25

10am – 11am | Celeste Ng: Our Missing Hearts
Bestselling author Celeste Ng discusses her new dystopian novel with Claire Nichols.  

12pm – 1pm | Trent Dalton: From Eli to Lola
Trent Dalton, award-winning author of Boy Swallows Universe in conversation with Cassie McCullagh.

2pm – 3pm | Storytellers: Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar
ABC legends Leigh Sales (Storytellers) and Lisa Millar (Muster Dogs) unpack the craft of turning real life events into narrative.

Sunday 26

10am – 11am | Barrie Cassidy and Friends: State of the Nation
Relive the year in Australian politics with veteran journo Barrie Cassidy, Bridget Brennan, Amy Remeikis, Niki Savva, and Laura Tingle.

11:30am – 12:30pm | Play Like a Girl
Olympic rugby gold medalist Chloe Dalton, decorated cycling Olympian Anna Meares, and world champion pro-athlete Jana Pittman chat with host Tracey Holmes.

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Survival, Sustenance and Stories
Legendary First Nations truth-tellers Larissa Behrendt, Tony Birch, Narelda Jacobs and Amy Thunig share what sustains them.

3:30pm – 16:30pm | Life and Laughter
Join panelists Richard Glover, Wendy Harmer and William McInnes sharing stories from their colourful lives and work. Hosted by Jennifer Wong.

*Day Pass: Entitles holder to singular day of entry, 

Event Details

Start Date

May 23, 2024

End Date

May 26, 2024

Event Time

From 10am each day


Day Pass $5


Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Meeting Room 2


32 Kay Street, Traralgon

Contact Details


Gippsland Performing Arts Centre

Telephone (BH)

(03) 5176 3333

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