Central West Libraries has been chosen to livestream events for the upcoming Sydney Writers’ Festival in May as part of its Live & Local program.
First held in 1997, the annual literary festival is one of the world’s leading and most beloved literary institutions and is a place for readers, writers and thinkers to share ideas, tell stories and celebrate literature.
Central West Libraries is one of 50 regional libraries and venues that will stream the Live & Local program of 12 events from Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May, bringing the festival to regional libraries and community centres across the country.
The Live & Local sessions will be held in the new theatre at Orange Regional Gallery and will feature conversations with writers including Art Spiegelman, Steve Toltz, Derecka Purnell, Rebecca Solnit, Liane Moriarty and Caroline Overington, as well as panel discussions with the likes of Barry Cassidy, Fran Kelly, Kate McClymont, Chris Masters, Jane Caro and David Marr.
Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair, Councillor Mel McDonell said the livestreamed sessions offered regional audiences the chance to be part of the prestigious festival.
“Not only does the festival celebrate literature and showcase the work of authors, but it also encourages people to delve into current affairs and invites them to share ideas and opinions on the issues that affect them,” Cr Mel McDonell said.
“Readers and writers can even participate in sessions by sending questions directly to the Sydney stage and take part in the conversation from right here in Orange.
“This is a great opportunity for people to come together and join in enthusiastic debates and discussions with some of the world’s finest writers and people from all over Australia.”
Tickets to the livestreamed sessions are free and can be booked online via Eventbrite. Contact the library on 6393-8132 for further information or assistance with bookings.