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Sydney Writers' Festival 2021: Live screenings

Sydney Writers' Festival 2021: Live screenings
Book event

Several rows of people sitting in an event venue.
 When
30 April 2021 to 2 May 2021, 10am-5pm
 Where
Theatre, Lower Ground 1

Free

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Between Friday 30 April and Sunday 2 May, the National Library will offer live screenings of sessions from the Sydney Writers' Festival to its heritage-listed Theatre.

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Writers' Festival, these screenings are free to attend but bookings are essential. Those attending will need to book separately for each session they wish to attend. The session timetable is as follows, with full session details available at the base of the booking website above.

Friday 30 April

10am - 11am: Barrie Cassidy & Friends: Biden's America, panel
Moderator: Barrie Cassidy
Panel: Evan Osnos, Bob Carr and Rosalind Dixon

12pm - 1pm: Are You There, Sydney? It's Me, Judy Blume, conversation
Sophie Black with Judy Blume

2pm - 3pm: But Not Forgotten, panel
Moderator: Chris Taylor
Panel: Michelle de Krester, Kerry O'Brien, Michael Robotham and Sally Warhaft

4pm - 5pm: The Larrikin Lie, panel
Moderator: Laura Tingle
Panel: David Marr, Rebecca Huntley, Patricia Cornelius and Joe Williams

Saturday 1 May

10am - 11am: Barrie Cassidy & Friends: Opposition and Dissent, panel
Moderator: Barrie Cassidy
Panel: Scott Ludlam, Sally McManus and Linda Burney MP

12pm - 1pm: Isabel Wilkerson - Caste: The Lies that Divide Us, conversation
Santilla Chingaipe with Isabel Wilkerson

2pm - 3pm: Sarah Krasnostein & Helen Garner, conversation
Helen Garner with Sarah Krasnostein

4pm - 5pm: Richard Flanagan & Laura Tingle, conversation
Laura Tingle with Richard Flanagan

Sunday 2 May

10am - 11am: Barrie Cassidy & Friends: The Canberra Bubble, Panel
Moderator: Barrie Cassidy
Panel: Peter van Onselen, Niki Savva and Chris Wallace

12pm - 1pm: George Miller, conversation

2pm - 3pm: Jan Fran & Judith Lucy, conversation
Jan Fran with Judith Lucy

4pm - 5pm: Great Adaptations: Margaret and David Return, conversation
David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz