After the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival in 2012, organisers promised that the next event would be bigger and better – and boy, will they deliver! With quite an ambitious program, the 2nd annual Bendigo Writers Festival promises to invigorate, inspire and encompass many writing genres from songwriting to speechwriting, history to food and wine. Something for everyone.
Malcolm Fraser will officially open the festival on Friday 9 August, kicking off an entire weekend of literary goodness. (6:15pm Friday $20/$15)
Details of ticketing are available online, and via The Capital’s box office: (03) 5434 6100.
Weekend festival passes $55 Adult / $45 Concession
Day passes (Saturday or Sunday) $35 Adult / $28 Concession
These passes do not include entry to the following special events, single session tickets are available for these sessions, including the Malcolm Fraser session on opening night:
- Write on Song: six acclaimed songwriters talk about the power of words and their passion for song. With David Bridie, Shane Howard, Charles Jenkins, Sal Kimber, Lucie Thorne and Geoffrey Williams. ($20/$15)
- Deep & Meaningful 61m below the surface at Central Deborah Gold Mine, actor Maggie Millar takes fairy tales out of the realm of children’s stories, and into the mysterious and uncanny. ($17)
- Sensation! Max Allen & Richard Cornish are award-winning storytellers obsessed with flavour. Their interactive tasting masterclass – a hit at both the Melbourne and Sydney Food and Wine Festivals – will change the way you think about flavour and teaches you how to get maximum pleasure from your palate. ($25)
We were lucky to steal a few moments with the very busy Festival’s Artistic Director Rosemary Sorensen to discuss a few of the guest speakers at the festival, they include:
- Max Allan, author of the best-selling Red &White: Wine Made Simple, and Crush: the new Australian Wine Book, as well as a critical guide to biodynamic wines. A wine educator and judge, he also plays in a folk band and has created a musical adaptation of his articles on Victorian wine-growing.
- James Boyce whose 1835: the Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia is one of the most talked-about books of 2012, a reappraisal of the way Victoria was settled and what it means for the state’s history. That book follows Van Dieman’s Land which also won the Tasmanian Book Prize. 1835 won a Prime Minister’s Award and three Premier’s Prizes.
- Robin De Crespigny is a Sydney filmmaker and author of The People Smuggler (Penguin), which won the Qld Literary Award for non-fiction. Robin is an alumni of La Trobe University, was a lecturer in directing at the Australian Film and Television School
- Anna Krien, a young Melbourne commentator and writer, whose award-winning Into the Woods is about the ferocious debate in Tasmania over forestry. She has written on animal rights and her new book is Night Games, about sex and power in sport.
- Tony Wilson books include Making News, a novel about tabloid journalism and Players, about footy. He has published kids books, and is a sports feature writer and has appeared on television programs including The Einstein Factor.
If you register at the official BWF website, you will receive announcements and updates on the festival program, read more about the speakers and what else is on in Bendigo.
See you there!
Bendigo Writers Festival
9-11 August 2013
Taken from an article written for Secrets Magazine.