DAY PROGRAM

Saturday June 4

Dive into a day’s worth of deep discussions and stirring stories over four (4) sessions and 2 venues.

DAY PASS $89 + booking fee
Book a WEEKEND PASS for nearly $20 discount

DAY PROGRAM

Saturday June 4

Dive into a day’s worth of deep discussions and stirring stories over four (4) sessions and 2 venues.

DAY PASS $89 + booking fee
Book a WEEKEND PASS for nearly $20 discount

Saturday 4 June

We are kickstarting the festival proper with a burst of inspiration across both our venues, Ocean Beach SLSC and Umina Beach SLSC. You can select which Morning Session you wish to attend, as well as which Afternoon Session.

Book signings will follow each event.

These Sessions are accessible via the Saturday Day Pass or Weekend Pass only.

Please note that Words on the Waves will be compliant with all health directions from NSW Health and will be following our COVID plan.  You can see our COVID-19 policy here

MORNING SESSIONS

9:45 – 10am Introduction & Welcome to Country

10 – 11am
THE LUMINOUS SOLUTION

Charlotte Wood. Moderator: Vicki Hastrich

Charlotte Wood is an award-winning, highly acclaimed author. Her latest book focuses on creativity and the expression of the inner life that we all have, even if nobody ever sees it. Join Charlotte and Vicki for a discussion about the profound self-discoveries that creativity can bring, but also about the joys and fears that come with the process.

11.30am – 12.30pm
LIARS, LARRIKINS & LECHERS

Lech Blaine, Judith Brett, Bernard Keane. Moderator: Alice Workman

Can anyone “Keep the bastards honest”? Politics has ever been a dirty game, but we have come a long way since the reinvention of Bob Hawke as a working-class man of the people. Bernard Keane (Lies and Falsehoods), Lech Blaine (Quarterly Essay: Top Blokes) and Judith Brett (Doing Politics), examine Australian politics and dissect the lies, the larrikin myth, class and gender.

9:45 – 10am Introduction & Welcome to Country

10 – 11am
FINDING OUR HEART

Thomas Mayor. Moderator Yatu Widders Hunt

What would a better Australia look like? From a career in the maritime trade unions to campaigning for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Torres Strait Islander man Thomas Mayor has tirelessly pursued truth and unity in all he does. Hear more about his important life work, shared from the heart.

11.30am – 12.30pm
HER STORY

Kate Forsyth, Hannah Kent, Felicity McLean. Moderator: Kate Evans

Hilary Mantel wrote: “women writers…can’t resist retrospectively empowering” women of the past. Do we agree … and does it matter? Each writer powerfully brings the past into the present, from the minotaur myth in Kate Forsyth’s latest, to Felicity McLean’s reimagining of Ned Kelly (spoiler: Ned becomes a girl, and she’s from the Coast!) and Hannah Kent’s impeccably researched tales of real and imagined women from history.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

1:30 – 2:30pm
BEARING WITNESS

Amani Haydar, Antoinette Lattouf, Louise Milligan. Moderator: Sarah Malik

‘Tell the truth’ is a refrain we know well from childhood. But does it stand up in a broken adult world? Whether it’s serving home-truths on diversity and racism (How to Lose Friends and Influence White People by Antoinette Lattouf) or sharing the personal tale of survival and resilience (The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar); each writer bears witness.

*Please note due to a COVID-19 diagnosis Louise Milligan will no longer be able to join this panel*

3 – 4pm
THE BEAUTIFUL FRIEND

Germaine Leece, Vanessa McCausland, Patti Miller. Moderator: Joy Lawn

“Through friendships, we spark and inspire one another’s ambitions.” Wallace Stegner says it best, and yet so few of us in life (and art) hold a mirror up to this most significant of relationships. Join us for a freewheeling conversation on the complexities and splendours of friendships, with Patti Miller (True Friends), Vanessa McCausland (The Beautiful Words) and Germaine Leece (Reading the Seasons).

1:30 – 2:30pm
THROUGH THEIR EYES

Diane Connell, Sofie Laguna, Favel Parrett. Moderator: Cheryl Akle

By empathising with the lived experiences of children and animals, real human truths are revealed: us at our best, our worst, our most hopeful. Favel Parrett’s work walks in both worlds (Wandi, There Was Still Love); Diane Connell introduces the loveable practically-thirteen Ricky Bird; and Sofie Laguna’s modern classics allow us to peer through the eyes of the most vulnerable in society.

3 – 4pm
ON BELONGING

Emily Brugman, Eda Gunaydin, Omar Musa. Moderator: Fiona Wright

How do we find comfort in where we are? What are the legacies of migration? In different and intriguing ways, each author sets course for a mythical homeland. Soak up Emily Brugman’s stirring evocation of Finnish migrants living off the WA coast, Omar Musa’s blindingly bright collection of woodcuts and poems, and Eda Gunaydin’s unsettling collection of essays on inheritance.

Support our Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.

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