WAM's online events provide creative nourishment in difficult times.

WAM's online events provide creative nourishment in difficult times.

Monday 23 August 2021

The region’s only literary-based festival is again offering an excellent line up of online events for audiences to enjoy in the comfort of their home or watch as part of a small gathering at the LibraryMuseum if restrictions permit. Whether live or online, Write Around the Murray remains Australia’s most welcoming literary festival.

“Last year we discovered we could take WAM online and retain the sense of creative engagement and nourishment that our community values”, shared Festival Director, Ann-maree Ellis. “While we certainly didn’t expect to be here again, we are thrilled to have a small but very special selection of online sessions on offer.”

The festival theme, The Things We Love, invites hearty reflection and conversation about the power of what and how we love. Online panels will give audiences a peek inside the minds of some of Australia’s best storytellers as authors engage in discussions inspired by their most recent writing. The audience is also invited to share their questions and comments as part of the livestreamed events.

The program sees longtime festival favourite, Jason Steger, peer into the shadows of love with Sofie Laguna, Emily Maguire and Campbell Mattinson in Complicated Love; and delve into aspects of colonial history through the lens of fiction with Anita Heiss, Jock Serong and Dorothy Simmons in Historical Frictions.

Ailsa Piper engages Rick Morton and Delia Falconer in a deeply thought-provoking conversation about personal and cultural change in Seismic Shifts. Rick also joins comedian Fiona Scott-Norman, cartoonist Judy Horacek and Lisa Walker to discuss  Humour & Heart in their writing. And Lisa talks to Sofie Laguna and children’s laureates Ursula Dubosarsky and Leigh Hobbs about Creating Captivating Children’s Books.

Dymocks presents Pip Williams in conversation with Margaret Hickey. Murray Art Museum Albury has both live and online events on offer, including a free online arts writing workshop.

In WAM’s fifteenth year, explore the labour of love that is writing and storytelling, with intimate online events to enjoy at home. Write Around the Murray is on 15 – 19 September.

Check out the festival program

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