Adelaide Writers’ Week 2023 – Day 4 live streaming

Event Date: Thu 09 Mar

Event Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM

Event Location: Dress Circle

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Adelaide Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations.

Come along and watch some of the world’s most celebrated established and emerging writers streamed live from this year’s festival.

Join us to reflect on the world at large and at small, to marvel at the craft, creativity and imagination of writers and to savour conversations with substance that stir our hearts and change our minds.
– Louise Adler AM, Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week runs from Monday 6 March – Thursday 9 March 2023. This live streaming event is run in conjunction with Mount Gambier Library.
DAY ONE – Monday 6 March: Mount Gambier Library
DAY TWO – Tuesday 7 March: Mount Gambier Library
DAY THREE – Wednesday 8 March: Mount Gambier Library
DAY FOUR (final day) – Thursday 9 March: The Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre

For the full City of Mount Gambier live streaming program click below:



Life is a Brief Affair
Alex Miller

Two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Alex Miller is a giant of Australian literature. His latest novel, A Brief Affair, engages with one of literature’s most compelling subjects – unhappy women. He talks to journalist Jonathan Green about this deeply moving novel, the question of authenticity and the writer’s fidelity to imaginative truth.

Chair: Jonathan Green


“May these words bring you home”
Grace Tame

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame is a public voice and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse. She is also the author of a new memoir, The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner. Tame sits down with award-winning Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan for a conversation about finding one’s voice, speaking truth to power and why sometimes only a side-eye will suffice.

Chair: Louise Milligan


Cold War, Hot Culture
Louis Menand

Louis Menand, the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Metaphysical Club, tells the story of America after the Second World War in his latest book, The Free World. With references to luminaries such as Jack Kerouac, Elvis Presley, Susan Sontag and James Baldwin, Menand explores the significant cultural figures of the Cold War period, when “ideas mattered, painting mattered, movies mattered, poetry mattered“.

Chair: Bob Carr
Supported by the Consulate of the United States


The Aussie Queen of Noir
Jane Harper

Critic Beejay Silcox has suggested that Jane Harper’s “outback noir mega-hit The Dry kick-started a crime-writing boom… the drought blighted bush town became a genre trope: Australia’s sunburned answer to the arid cold of Scandi noir“. Her subsequent novels have received international acclaim and have cemented Harper’s place in the crime genre. She joins Silcox to talk about the intersection of character, plot and landscape and what becoming an international bestseller has meant to her writing.

Chair: Beejay Silcox


The Planet’s Clock is Ticking
Ross Garnaut and Simon Holmes à Court

Two of the most innovative minds in the business tell us if the energy transition plan can work in time to save our planet. Join Simon Holmes à Court, founder of Climate 200, and economist Ross Garnaut in conversation with Marian Wilkinson, a Walkley Award-winning journalist and author of The Carbon Club.

Chair: Marian Wilkinson


The Battle for Long Tan
Peter FitzSimons

The Battle of Long Tan was the deadliest battle for Australian forces in Vietnam and every ANZAC who fought there could hold his head high. Peter FitzSimons and military historian Peter Brune discuss the events leading up to that terrible battle and the long war that followed.

Chair: Peter Brune



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