Live & Local: Sarah Krasnostein & Helen Garner live from Sydney Writers’ Festival presented by Byron Writers Festival

May 1, 2021 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Byron Theatre
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481
General Admission $10 | BWF Members plus one guest FREE
Byron Writers Festival
02 6685 5115

Byron Writers Festival is pleased to once again bring Sydney Writers’ Festival’s live-streaming event Live & Local to Byron Theatre in 2021!

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will be streaming
Sarah Krasnostein & Helen Garner live from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to Byron Theatre on Saturday 1 May.

In this very special conversation, author of The Trauma Cleaner Sarah Krasnostein discusses her new book, The Believer, a deftly drawn enquiry into the power of belief, with Helen Garner.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session at the event, sending questions direct to the stage.

Please arrive by 1.45pm for a 2pm start.
N.B. This event is General Admission, no reserved seating. 

Sarah Krasnostein & Helen Garner in conversation

After the runaway success of Sarah Krasnostein’s debut The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah spent time in Australia and the US talking to six extraordinary people who held fast to a belief even though it rubbed against the grain of conventional wisdom. Her research culminated in The Believer: Encounters with Love, Death & Faith, a deeply humane and deftly drawn enquiry into the power of belief. Sarah is joined by fellow observer of human nature, Helen Garner, to explore what we believe in and why – from ghosts and UFOs to God and the devil, to dying with autonomy and beyond.

About Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. Sarah is the bestselling author of The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the Dobbie Literary Award. It also jointly won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, was nominated for the Walkley Book Award, and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK). Sarah’s work has appeared in a variety of publications in Australia, the UK and America. She is currently working on a Quarterly Essay on mental illness in Australia.

About Helen Garner

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her books include Monkey GripThe Children’s BachCosmo CosmolinoThe Spare RoomThe First StoneThis House of GriefEverywhere I Look and Yellow Notebook.

This is a Covidsafe event.
For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue. We ask that you adhere to all covid guidelines while attending the theatre.

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.

1.00pm – Venue doors open | Venue Bar open
1.30pm – Theatre doors open
2.00pm – Sarah Krasnostein & Helen Garner in conversation
3.00pm – Event concludes (no interval)