Welcome to the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has become a popular annual cultural event showcasing leading authors and celebrating all things literary. With workshops, talks, forums, book launches, competitions, entertainment and school programs, it’s a diverse and inspiring weekend with something for everyone.

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2015

is happening again on the Queens Birthday long weekend

June, Friday 6th June to Monday 9th June 2015

The 2015 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival is the fifth incarnation of this wonderfully intimate festival where you can meet the writers and get involved – become part of the story.

This year boasts again an amazing mix of established and emerging writers with talks, panels, readings, workshops, Paddle with a Poet down the Bellinger, the sell-out Poetry Slam, and events in the beautiful landscape around Bellingen. There is a rich schools program, environmental events and indigenous participation as always.


The BRWF program will be launched at:

Naked Lunch: Language Stripped Bare

Sunday 8th March 11:30-2:00pm The Pavilion, Coffs Botanical Gardens

Headlining – Zohab Zee Khan, current Australia Poetry Slam Champion.

Zohab Zee Khan

Zohab Zee Khan

Zohab was a 2014 International Poetry Slam finalist in Madrid and this year will be performing at festivals around the world. He is a didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip‐hop artist. He says, “I come from an artistic family, a long line of poets. There’s always been this rhythm inside me.”

Other fantastic writers and musicians are performing and Gumbaynggirr elder Mark Flanders who will be telling stories of this location, Coffs Creek, where he grew up.

Bring something to sit on and a gold coin donation. Limited refreshments are available for purchase courtesy of the Friends of the Botanic Garden.

For Naked Lunch enquiries, please contact: John Bennett 65695917.


Originally hailing from Wagga Wagga, Zohab Zee Khan is the founding director of Zee Poetics, an organisation that aims to inspire a new generation of poets through performance-based workshops. He is a member of the Red Room poetry education program, using The Disappearing learning resource.

Zohab is available to Mid North Coast schools from 2 – 6 March 2015.
for schools enquiries ring Christabel Wright, 0428244928.

For further information about Zohab’s experience in schools: http://redroomcompany.org/poet/zohab-zee-khan/