Join some of Australia’s finest literary talent in the spectacular Blue Mountains. You’ll come away inspired.

Katoomba feels too far away? Never fear, because this year the Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival have partnered with the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub in Springwood to livestream two fabulous events direct from The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba on Saturday 22 October.

Broadcasting live, you’ll be able to listen to Rick Morton and George Haddad in conversation about the challenges of masculinity, and hear Tony Birch and Annie-Marie Te Whiu talk about story and human connection.

9:30 – 10:30: Living Vulnerably: In Conversation with Rick Morton and George Haddad

Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt, My Year of Living Vulnerably) and George Haddad (Losing Face) look at issues of masculinity and class in writing and the mercurial line between lived experience and written representation. Be challenged and stimulated by their frank and honest discussion about their writing lives and how being vulnerable opens up possibilities to view the world around us.

Rick Morton’s debut memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt became a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2019. Rick is also an award-winning journalist and is senior reporter at The Saturday Paper.

George Haddad is an award-winning writer and artist practising on Gadigal land whose work explores masculinities and the limitations of language in communicating truths. His novella, Populate and Perish, was the winner of the 2016 Viva La Novella competition; Losing Face is his debut novel.

For information about our other live streamed Author Session: Talking Story and Human Connection 



Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

Live streamed Author Session Saturday 22 October - 9:30am
Location Studio 1, Blue Mountains Theatre
Duration 1 hour without interval


All tickets $5.50 - Per Session


Blue Mountains Theatre

106 Macquarie Road

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