GOING LIVE: Stephanie Hunt, Jan Strom and Lorrain Penn.
GOING LIVE: Stephanie Hunt, Jan Strom and Lorrain Penn.

Bringing writers’ festival to you

A STREAMING of the Sydney Writers' Festival is coming to a theatre near you.

Jetty Memorial Theatre will show a program of events live from the festival, which runs from May 22-24.

Called Live and Local, the project is a joint venture between the theatre and the festival and organisers say it is the first digital initiative of its kind associated with Australian writers' festivals.

The theatre management committee's Jan Strom said they were dedicated to using the latest technology to deliver an ongoing and dynamic program, "enriching the cultural life of our region".

"The intimate 250-seat theatre is the perfect setting to settle in and enjoy some stimulating and insightful discussion," she said.

Among others, the program will feature real-time discussion with well-known international authors Anthony Horowitz and Alan Cumming and top Australian authors Kate Grenville and Don Watson.

All sessions will be fully interactive, with local audience members invited to tweet or SMS questions to Sydney, which will be answered live by the featured authors.

Coffs Harbour Writers Group president Lorraine Penn said it was such great news for the region.

"There are many keen writers and avid readers in the region," she said.

"This is an excellent opportunity to soak up this high-profile event without having to get on the highway or a plane."

Coffs Coast writer and author of The Most Interesting Person I Know Stephanie Hunt agreed, saying it was fantastic to be able to enjoy the event without the travel costs.

"We already have some fantastic literary events in our region and Live and Local only makes life all the better for local writers and readers," she said.



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