Bendigo is a great place to visit in winter and is currently experiencing some beautiful winter sunshine. And what better reason to visit than the Bendigo Writer’s Festival which celebrates it’s 5th birthday and also coincides with the 400 year anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, providing a great opportunity to celebrate the art and joy of writing.
This year’s festival promises an exciting array of local, national and international speakers including Kerry O’Brien, Sarah Fergsion, Di Morrissey, Stephanie Alexander, Hugh Mackay, Stephanie Dowrick and Frank Brenana, Helen Garner and much more. A highlight will be Julian Assange speaking to Robert Manne via videolink from London, the Wikileaks founder will discuss the impact this “cypherpunk revolutionary” has had on international political power.
Other speakers include Dianne Dempsey, Prof. Peter Singer, Max Gillies, Indira Naidoo and Samuel Wagan Watson and will cover a wide spectrum of topics including ethics, environment, music, food, crime, fiction, history, poetry, spirituality, crime, education, art and culture , life stories and more.
The festival will take place on the weekend of the 12th, 13th and 14th of August and will be hosted by a number of Bendigo’s great venues including the Capital Theatre, Ulumbarra, Visual Arts Centre and Trades Hall. It will provide an opportunity for people to meet, talk about books and writing, enjoy listening to the various speakers, take part in workshops and sample some of the great literary works on display and promoted during the festival. Without a doubt something for everyone.