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Orange: Sydney Writers Festival: Livestream and Local – Julia Baird

Thu 23 May at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Julia Baird – Bright Shining – nurturing grace, even in the darkest of times

Following broadcaster and author Julia Baird’s multi-award-winning international bestseller, Phosphoresence, comes a beautiful and timely exploration of that most mysterious but necessary human quality: grace.

Bright Shining: How grace changes everything asks what grace looks like today, how we recognise it, nurture it within ourselves and express it. For Julia, grace can be found by being kinder bigger and better with each other.

Sit down with Julia to discuss this luminous work, which The Guardian described as “a book the world needs now”. Julia will be in conversation with journalist Jacqueline Maley.

About the author:

Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for a range of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The New York Times. Her first book, Media Tarts (2004, revised edition 2021) was based on her history PhD about the portrayal of female politicians. Her biography of Queen Victoria was published in 2016 to critical acclaim and was one of The New York Times‘ top ten books of 2016. Her third book, Phosphorescence, was a critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning international bestseller. Julia lives near the sea with two children and an abnormally large dog.

Hosted by Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley is a senior writer and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers. She has won a Walkley Award and two Kennedy awards for her journalism. She is also the recipient of the NSW Council of Liberties Journalism award. In 2021 she published her debut novel, The Truth About Her.



Thu 23 May
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Orange Regional Gallery
149 Byng Street
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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