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Byron Writers Festival presents Live & Local: 

Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest forum celebrating books and ideas in the southern hemisphere. The Festival brings the world’s finest authors and esteemed thinkers to Byron Bay in real time through the Live & Local project.


Streamed LIVE by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by Byron Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May, Live & Local offers regional and national audiences access to new ideas from great minds, with the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event by sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.


Join us as we celebrate books, challenge ideas, and interrogate power.

Event Details

When: Saturday 5 May
Time: 11.15am for a 11.30am start of Session One
Where: SAE Theatre, SAE, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
Tickets: Members plus one guest FREE; General Admission $10

Session Details

Session One: Peter Greste: The First Casualty (11.30am – 12.30pm)
Peter Greste in conversation with Hugh Riminton

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. The First Casualty is his enlightening firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West. 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.


LUNCH BREAK (Patrons wishing to see both sessions can get lunch from Byron Arts and Industrial Estate nearby)

Session Two: Resisting Unjust Authority (1.30 – 2.30pm)
Masha Gessen, Alexis Okeowo and Mohammed Al Samawi in conversation with 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, how we can free ourselves from its messages and impact, and how these strategies are changing over time. This thought-provoking panel is curated and hosted by The Trauma Cleaner author Sarah Krasnostein.

Tickets: FREE FOR MEMBERS – RSVP is essential

Non-members $10 (includes both sessions)

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Byron Writers Festival Office (02) 6685 5115


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