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Storytellers: Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar (Sydney Writers Festival)

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney to the Mackay region.

ABC legends Leigh Sales (Storytellers) and Lisa Millar (Muster Dogs) unpack the craft of turning real life events into narrative, drawing from their recent books and a combined 65 years in journalism.

Leigh Sales AM is one of Australia’s most respected journalists. As the new presenter of AustralianStory and the recent host of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30, she has intervieweddozens of world leaders and celebrities, includingHillary Clinton, Tony Blair, the Dalai Lama, PaulMcCartney, Elton John, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Bill Gates.She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister, as well as the late Bob Hawke, and hasanchored the last three federal elections for the ABC. Leigh is the winner of three Walkley Awards,Australia’s highest journalism honour; the author of the books Detainee 002, On Doubt, Well Helloand the bestselling Any Ordinary Day; and the co-host of the popularpodcast Chat 10 Looks 3 withAnnabel Crabb. In 2023, her service to journalism and the community was recognised with anhonorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University.

Lisa Millar is the co-host of ABCNews Breakfastand a regular guest presenter on the ABC’sBackRoadsprogram. She’s the voice of the smash hit showMuster Dogs. Lisa was an ABC foreigncorrespondent for 12 years in the US and Europe. She grew up in country Queensland. Her childhoodin the small town of Kilkivan features in her best-selling memoir,Daring To Fly. Her book,MusterDogs From Pups to Pros, was released in January.

After the wild success of Live & Local in 2023, Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to your local library in 2024 to bring the best of the Festival direct to you. Find other Sydney Writers Festival sessions here.

View the Sydney Writers Festival reading list here.

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