Mildura Writers Festival and Wallis Cinemas Mildura have teamed up to deliver sessions from the Sydney Writers Festival through the Live and Local project.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest forum celebrating books and ideas in the southern hemisphere.

The Festival brings the world’s finest authors and esteemed thinkers to Mildura in real time through the Live & Local project. Streamed LIVE by Sydney Writers’ Festival and delivered locally by Wallis Cinemas Mildura in collaboration with the Mildura Writers Festival on Saturday and Sunday May 5 and 6.

Live & Local offers regional and national audiences access to new ideas from great minds, with the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event by sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

 Foreign correspondent Peter Greste will kick off the Saturday session at 11.30 am in a conversation with fellow journalist, Hugh Riminton.

Greste’s book The First Casualty offers a firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West.

 After two decades reporting from the frontline in the world’s most dangerous countries to making headlines himself following incarceration in an Egyptian prison, Greste is well placed to discuss the extent to which investigative journalism is under threat in the age of terrorism and fake news.

 Annabel Crabb’s BooKwiz brings together ABC anchor Leigh Sales, Conversations presenter Richard Fidler and – lending cult appeal – the RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro, on the books they are ashamed of loving and the ones they read when they are in a slump.

She’ll also inquire about the books they know they should read, but may never get around to doing so. Join them on Saturday at 4.30 pm.

 Renowned ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson’s book On Mother is a moving reflection on the mother/daughter relationship over decades and across continents.

The four-time Walkley Award-winning reporter will be in conversation with Louise Adler on Sunday at 3 pm.


The Odyssey, the 12,110-line epic poem, was translated by Emily Watson in 2017, the first woman to do so.

 Speaking to Jennifer Byrne on Sunday at 4.30 pm, Watson elaborates on her approach to working on the second-oldest text in Western literature and why it remains so vital today.

 Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased on line at  or on the day.

 For further information please contact: Donata Carrazza - 0407817714 or Helen Healy - 0417556821