City to hold writers festival

The City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University Bendigo are proud to present a three day Bendigo Writers Festival on August 10, 11 and 12 for everyone who loves to read.

pen-and-quill-std The inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival will take place in and around Bendigo's glorious heritage performing arts centre - The Capital and will feature well known writers.

Kicking off on Friday August 10 with a specially-programmed day for younger readers, the weekend will host writers including Ita Buttrose, Don Watson, Gideon Haigh, Margo Lanagan, Kerry Greenwood and many others.

There will also be interviews with writers about their work, discussions about writing and reading, performances of words and music, readings, storytelling, spotlights, hot-seats, Q&As, and dozens of opportunities to share a coffee and a chat with writers, readers, publishing experts and other people who love a good book.

Bendigo Writers Festival Chair Cr Rod Fyffe said Bendigo has such positive momentum and has grown to become an optimistic and energetic cultural centre.

"This first festival will be a wonderful opportunity to gather in the cultural precinct in View Street and welcome writers to share with us their stories, and to tell some of our own.

"The City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University are right behind this new event, and hope to see it continue to develop into an important part of our impressive cultural calendar,” he said.

The three-day program kicks off on August 10 with Text Marks the Spot, curated by Sarah Mayor Cox from La Trobe University, hosting writers and illustrators such as Leigh Hobbs, Doug Mcleod and Bendigo's own Glenda Millard in talks and workshops for schools and young people.

La Trobe University senior lecturer and organising committee member Dr Sue Gillett is delighted that such a significant event is coming to Bendigo.

“The time for a major writers’ festival in Bendigo is ripe. We have an amazing number of excellent writers within our region and it’s time that we showcased their talents. Bendigo is a great city with beautiful venues for an indoor festival such as this. We are a literary region. Not only are we producing writers, poets, novelists and journalists but we are also a city of people who read” said Dr Gillett.

Dr Gillett said that La Trobe University offers an excellent range of programs in children’s literature, strategic communications and English literature. She said students in the Strategic Communications Club will host Q&A sessions and workshops on topics such as writing for the media.

Keynote sessions featuring Ita Buttrose, Gideon Haigh and Don Watson, will take place in the Capital and panel discussions, on topics including history, crime writing, romance, horror and heroes, will take place in the Bendigo Bank Theatre.

Spotlight sessions, featuring interviews with writers such as Margo Lanagan, Kerry Greenwood, Alex Miller and Tony Birch, will take place in the Old Fire Station, next  to the Capital while  Q&A sessions, focussing on topics such as new media, the role of reviewing, how to write a memoir, will take place in La Trobe University's Visual Arts Centre theatrette.

Hot seat sessions, relaxed anything-can-happen focus events with local writers such as Tru Dowling, Bruce Oakman and Lisa Jacobson, will take place in the Banquet Room at the Capital which will also be the Festival Hub, a meeting-place with coffee and food available.

The festival will also feature a range of special events across the weekend, including performances and readings.


Media Inquiries:  

David Lloyd The Capital, 5434 6003

Zerin Knight La Trobe, 5444 7375