Best of the Fest! Live & Local brings Sydney Writers’ Festival to Byron Bay

Hugh Riminton

This May, Sydney Writers’ Festival will bring the world’s finest authors and esteemed thinkers to Byron Bay in real time through the Live & Local project.

Streamed LIVE and delivered locally by Byron Writers Festival, Live & Local promises an afternoon of new ideas, debate and enthralling discussion.

Peter Greste

Session One at 11.30am will see foreign correspondent Peter Greste discuss his novel The First Casualty with Hugh Riminton. 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.

Session Two at 1.30pm invites four of the Festival’s brightest minds – Masha Gessen, Alexis Okeowo, Mohammed Al Samawi and Sarah Krasnostein – to examine our evolving relationship with power.

Alexis Okeowo
Masha Gessen
Sarah Krasnostein

Live & Local Byron Bay will be held on Saturday 5 May from 11.30am – 2.30pm at the SAE Theatre, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay. Entry to both sessions is FREE for Byron Writers Festival Members or $10 for non-members. Tickets available through Byron Writers Festival by calling (02) 6685 5115 or visiting

Event Details
When:  Saturday 5 May, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Where: SAE Theatre, SAE, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
Tickets: FREE for Members and their guests, $10 non-members
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