Livestream brings world’s finest authors to Newcastle’s Digital Library

City of Newcastle

Newcastle book lovers are being given access to one of Australia’s largest literary events thanks to a collaboration between City of Newcastle and the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The Live and Local program will see a range of festival events livestreamed from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to City of Newcastle’s Digital Library on Friday 30 April and Saturday 1 May 2021.

The 8m-wide Storywall in City of Newcastle's Digital Library.

The free community event provides access to a diverse range of authors not usually available to regional audiences and is being delivered as part of City of Newcastle’s commitment to promoting lifelong learning opportunities and creating social and community connections.

Newcastle residents will be able to join in the real time conversations, debates and discussions with some of the world’s finest authors during the livestream, with the high profile line-up including Richard Flanagan, Kerry O’Brien, Michael Robotham, David Marr, Laura Tingle and Judy Blume.

And while the Newcastle audience will be physically separated from the events by more than 170km, the City’s Digital Library will put them right in the thick of the action thanks to the state-of-the-art technology of the 8m-wide Storywall, which will make audiences feel as though they are in the room with the writers.

Newcastle participants will also have a chance to send questions via SMS direct to the Carriageworks stage during the interactive Q&A sessions.

The Sydney Writers Festival Live and Local project aims to promote interest in books and reading nationally, creating opportunities for audiences to participate in Festival events through digital livestream technology.

The livestream event is also a great chance to explore Newcastle’s newest library and experience the range of technology and library services on offer, including the Grab-and-Go collection featuring more than 30 of the latest book titles released.

The livestream will be on at the Digital Library, located at 12 Stewart Avenue Newcastle West, from 10am to 5pm on Friday 30 April and 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 1 May, with no bookings required.

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