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SWF Live and Local: Live-streamed Sydney Writers Festival author events at Toukley Library
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Toukley Library
Cnr of Main Rd and Victoria Ave
Toukley NSW 2263

Enjoy live-streamed events from the Sydney Writers Festival without leaving the Coast.

These free events will be available to view on the big screen, click on the links below to book your place.

Bookings essential. Book online from this page, ask in any library branch or phone 4350 1540.

Note: All sessions have captions and some offer Auslan interpretation.

Thursday 23 May

  • 10-11am Julia Baird 'Bright Shining'  (Auslan)
    Hear from broadcaster and Phosphorescence author Julia Baird, whose latest book, Bright Shining, is a beautiful, timely exploration of that most mysterious but necessary human quality: grace. With Jacqueline Maley.
  • 12-1pm Viet Thanh Nguyen 'A Man of Two Faces'
    Hear celebrated author Viet Thanh Nguyen, hailed as “a conscience of American literature” (The New Yorker), discuss his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.
  • 2-3pm Suzie Miller 'Prima Facie'
    Put the courts on trial with lawyer turned Olivier Award–winning playwright Suzie Miller as she discusses novelising her theatrical triumph that tackles sexual assault. In conversation with Nicole Abadee.

Friday 24 May

  • 10-11am A.C. Grayling 'Meaning of Life in a Technological Age'
    The quest for a life worth living has been the business of philosophers for millennia. How can we pursue answers to life’s big questions in an increasingly unstable technological age? Join pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling for this special talk.
  • 12-1pm The War on Journalists
    With conflict continuing in Ukraine, and the death toll of journalists in Gaza reaching alarming proportions, we look at the role of journalists in war. Featuring Julian Borger, John Lyons, Alisa Sopova and Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Hosted by Hamish Macdonald.
  • 2-3pm Abdulrazak Gurnah 'Afterlives'
    Explore his writing and unpack the legacies of empire with acclaimed writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose 10th novel explores displacement, loss and love during and after German occupation of East Africa. With Sisonke Msimang.
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