DAY PROGRAM

Sunday June 5

Steep yourself in essential conversation and ripping yarns over four (4) sessions in two locations.

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

DAY PROGRAM

Sunday June 5

Steep yourself in essential conversation and ripping yarns over four (4) sessions in two locations.

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

Sunday 5 June

We are proud to be bringing you a wonderful array of authors for our Sunday Day Program, across both venues: Ocean Beach SLSC and Umina Beach SLSC. You will be able to choose between your Morning Sessions and Afternoon Sessions, so the tricky part will be making the decision!

Book signings will follow each event.

These Sessions are accessible via the Sunday 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
HISTORY, CONTESTED

Anna Clark, Stephen Gapps, Ian Hoskins. Moderator: Michael Bennett

Map the making (and remaking) of Australian identity through the history books with these three eminent writers. In Gudyarra, Stephen Gapps reveals the complexity of Frontier conflict and the little-known Wiradyuri war of resistance. In Australia & The Pacific, Ian Hoskins reassesses our relationship with the region, from deep time to now. And in Making Australian History, Anna Clark tussles with history-making itself.

11.30am – 12.30pm
CREATABLE

Heidi Everett, Debra Keenahan and Jessica Walton. Moderator: Liesl Tesch

Representation is extremely important in the creative arts and the demand for stories in ‘Own Voices’ has become a fiercer and firmer call. We are joined by an impressive panel of writers and performers – literary memoirist Heidi Everett, human rights advocate and performance artist Debra Keenahan and writer, speaker and occasional poet, Jessica Walton – who also have a disability and are using their platform to raise awareness whilst creating compelling narratives.

9:45 – 10am Introduction & Welcome to Country

10 – 11am
WE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH

Van Badham, Ed Coper. Moderator: Clare Blumer.

Why do people believe the stories disseminated by far-fetched internet cults like QAnon? How does disinformation spread so easily? Join this fascinating panel to put fake news in its historical context and debate whether it can be defused. Van Badham (QAnon and On) and Ed Coper (Facts and Other Lies) will be your guides through the murky waters.

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

11.30am – 12.30pm
WHY LAND MATTERS

Gabrielle Chan, Matthew Evans, Victor Steffensen. Moderator: Fiona MacDonald.

If land management sounds like someone else’s problem – think again. Hear from three experts at the coalface of Australia’s environmental future: Victor Steffensen on how Indigenous fire practices can save Country; Matthew Evans on how we need to stop treating our soil like dirt; and Gabrielle Chan on why we should give a f*ck about farming.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

1:30 – 2:30pm
MERE MORTALS

Lech Blaine, Ross & Rachel Menzies. Moderator: Jackie Bailey

Death is what happens to other people… or so your brain will have you believe. These writers dare to tackle the taboo, through memoir (Lech Blaine’s Car Crash), groundbreaking treatise (the Menzies’ Mortals) and daring autofiction (Jackie Bailey’s The Eulogy).

 

3 – 4pm
FROM A LAND (SIX FEET) UNDER

Bryan Brown, Chris Hammer. Moderator: Suzanne Leal

Aussie crime noir has exploded over the last decade, and readers continue to fall hard and fast for its distinctive voice, familiar settings and salty characters. Cinema icon Bryan Brown’s short story collection fits the bill perfectly, as do Chris Hammer’s small-town heart-thumpers. Sit in as the pair share great yarns and perhaps dig up a (fictional) body or two.

Sponsored by BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

1:30 – 2:30pm
A GROWING ANXIETY

Delia Falconer, Charlotte McConaghy, Lucy Treloar. Moderator: Sam Twyford-Moore

Bushfires, floods, rising sea levels… climate change has arrived, alongside its sombre partner: climate grief. How do we mourn the disappearing world? Sit in to hear dispatches from the Earth’s end, from three writers who weave together the (un)natural and the uncanny: Delia Falconer in Signs and Wonders; Charlotte McConaghy in Once There Were Wolves; and Lucy Treloar with Wolfe Island.

3 – 4pm
WENDY’S WORLD

Wendy McCarthy. Moderator: Jess Scully

Join us for life lessons and tall tales from one of Australia’s most fierce and trailblazing ‘national treasures’, Wendy McCarthy. Hear how this one-time school teacher turned Chancellor and Chief Executive helped advocate for a wave of social changes helping women that has not receded to this day. A real treat to finish the day with this once-in-a-lifetime conversation.

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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