TalkTime – Sydney Writers Festival Livestream (Day 1) @ Gladstone City Library

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TalkTime – Sydney Writers Festival Livestream (Day 1) @ Gladstone City Library

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After the wild success of Live & Local in 2022, Sydney Writers’ Festival is coming to Gladstone in 2023 to bring the best of the Festival direct to you.

One of Australia’s most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney to Gladstone City Library on Thursday 25, Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May

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.

Join us for Live & Local 2023, streamed live by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally to the Gladstone Region.

Day 1 Program

Title Participants Start Time
End Time
Program Short Copy AUSLAN Interpreted
Jane Harper: Exiles Jane Harper
Michaela Kalowski (host)
10:00 11:00 Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jane Harper discusses Exiles, the thrilling and likely final instalment of novels following investigator Aaron Falk, with Michaela Kalowski.
Richard Fidler: The Book of Roads & Kingdoms Richard Fidler
Caroline Baum (host)
12:00 13:00 Much-loved radio host and author Richard Fidler delves into The Book of Roads & Kingdoms, his account of medieval wanderers during Islam’s Golden Age. He is joined by Caroline Baum. YES
Geraldine Brooks: Horse Geraldine Brooks
Nicole Abadee (host)
14:00 15:00 Pulitzer Prize–winning author and journalist Geraldine Brooks sheds light on her best-selling novel, Horse, a sweeping historical saga of spirit, obsession and racial injustice, in conversation with Nicole Abadee.
George Monbiot: Regenesis George Monbiot
Rebecca Huntley (host)
16:00 17:00 Bestselling British author and activist George Monbiot shares insight into Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, his hopeful account of how we might rethink our faltering food system, live via video in conversation with Rebecca Huntley. REMOTE GUEST
Richard Fidler & Anna Clark Richard Fidler
Peter Frankopan
Anna Clark (host)
18:00 19:00 Beloved radio presenter Richard Fidler (The Book of Roads & Kingdoms) and bestselling author and Oxford professor Peter Frankopan (The Earth Transformed) discuss their richly rendered works of historical non-fiction with interviewer Anna Clark
Queerstories Maeve Marsden (Facilitator)
Shane Jenek aka Courtney Act
Daniel Lavery
Leanne Yong
Sophie Cunningham
Joshua Whitehead
19:30 20:30 Vulnerable and fierce, heartbreaking and hilarious, Queerstories invites five LGBTQIA+ writers to share the tale they want to tell but are never asked to. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, with Sophie Cunningham, Shane Jenek aka Courtney Act, Daniel Lavery, Joshua Whitehead, and Leanne Yong. YES


25 May 2023


All Day


Gladstone City Library
39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Central


Gladstone City Library
(07) 4976 6400