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Bendigo Writers Festival Bendigo Writers Festival 2022 - Flourish. Book Now

It's time to FLOURISH!

The Bendigo Writers Festival is one of the best writers festivals in the country, and it's set to 'flourish' in the heart of central Victoria this May. Be captivated by more than 100 presenters who'll take part in over 70 events, happening over a massive 4 days across multiple venues, including the Bendigo Library.

We had so much fun being part of the Festival last year, that we're doing it again! But bigger!

There's a sneak peek at the event we'll be hosting below. To view the full program and book tickets, visit www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au.

Stepping Through Time

Anna Ciddor with host Viv Newton

If you could time-travel, where would you go? Anna Ciddor’s latest book becomes a race against time, as a boy has to find a way back from the Roman Empire. Anna talks to Viv Newton about how she builds a story from history. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Friday 13 May, 10-10.45am
Bendigo Library
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Anna Ciddor

Scammer Alert!

Nicholas Johnson with host Viv Newton

Is there such a thing as an honest con-man? Meet Nicholas Johnson, who grew up making mischief with magic tricks. Introduced by Viv Newton, he talks about why you can fool most people some of the time, why scams work, and how to spot a trickster. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Friday 13 May, 11.30-12.15pm
Bendigo Library
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Nicholas Johnson

Up Up and Away

Sofie Laguna with host Lorena Carrington

A quiet boy, a talking crow and a voyage to the Arctic in a hot-air balloon. Sofie Laguna is hosted by Lorena Carrington to talk about The Song of Lewis Carmichael, a glorious picture book that lets readers’ imaginations soar. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Friday 13 May, 1-1.45pm
Bendigo Library
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Sofie Laguna

Dingo Story

Favel Parrett with host Robin Pearson

An extraordinary dingo deserves a brilliant book. Favel Parrett tells the true story of Wandi, who was attacked by an eagle and carried off for prey, but miraculously dropped into a suburban backyard, and saved. Favel talks to Robin Pearson about the alpine dingoes and how she came to write about Wandi. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Friday 13 May, 2.30-3.15pm
Bendigo Library
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Favel Parrett

Workshop: How To Get Published

Alice Grundy

You’ve worked hard, pieced together your manuscript, feel like you’re ready to send it to a publisher. Where do you start? This workshop will show new writers how the publishing industry works, and give you some handy hints on how to navigate through the process. If you’re ready to find readers, and want some inside knowledge about how to get your manuscript fit to print, join Alice Grundy for this practical workshop session. 

Tickets $40 full / $32 concession

Friday 13 May, 3.30-6pm
Bendigo Library
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Alice Grundy

Watch it Grow

Jade Miles with host Julie Rudner

It’s a small step, but a bountiful one. Future-steader Jade Miles has simple, practical advice to grow good things to eat at the same time as helping all of us to live more sustainably. Meet the creator of biodiverse Black Barn Farm and see how loving your own local environment can blossom into a better future. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Saturday 14 May, 10-10.45am
Bendigo Library
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Jade Miles

First Nations Men

Thomas Mayor with host Robin Pearson

Masculinity, culture and racism: the spotlight has well and truly been on how these are linked, but very few contributions to our knowledge have come from First Nations peoples. Activist and writer Thomas Mayor saw it was time to shatter the derogatory stereotypes and go to fathers and sons to celebrate First Nations men. He talks with Robin Pearson about the reflections gathered in his Dear Son anthology, how he reached out to the writers and what the responses reveal. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Saturday 14 May, 11.30am-12.15pm
Bendigo Library
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Thomas Mayor

Do Books Matter?

David Henley, Cath Moore and Terri-ann White with host Gemma Rayner

We’re well into the era of digital books now, and the print book is still with us – indeed, during the past couple of pandemic years books of all kinds enjoyed a surge of interest. Gemma Rayner talks to people in publishing - publishers David Henley and Terri-ann White, and writer-filmmaker Cath Moore - who are close to what’s going on, to find out what they think about the future of books. 

Tickets $10 or multi-buy.

Saturday 14 May, 1.15-2.15pm
Bendigo Library
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Terri-ann White