Are you interested in literature, writing, slam poetry, the world of ideas and the cultural life of the Mid North Coast ?


The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is looking for people interested in bringing new ideas and getting involved in BRWF 2017. We are holding an open meeting 19 Nov – all welcome, details below.
BRWF is unique among Australian writers’ festivals focusing exclusively on Australian writers to showcase the diversity of talent in this country and this region.

BRWF is intimate, fun, thought-provoking and sometimes challenging, and engages readers and writers of all ages and backgrounds. A schools program is an integral part of the festival and the always popular sell-out Poetry Slam.

The inaugural Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival was staged in 2011as a not-for-profit community arts initiative, and this year saw it bursting at the seams with exciting sessions, workshops and readings.

Come along if you are interested or simply curious. We are looking for interested people to help with a wide range of activities, so don’t be shy!

When: 9am, Sat 19 November
Where: Bellingen High School (staff common room), 1125 Waterfall Way
(opposite the Old Butter Factory).
For further information, contact John Bennett ~ ~ (02) 65695917.


The 2016 Bellingen Writers Festival over the June holiday weekend was yet another highly successful event, our sixth.

The committee would like to thank a myriad of people and organisations:

  • The authors, for taking time out, travelling to our town and supporting our festival.
  • Irina Dunn, who did a massive amount of work as Festival Director.
  • Libby Feez, who not only organised the production of the festival, liaising with the production team and ensuring the smooth running of the festival, but also designed and created the program booklet and posters.
  • Roby Aiken for organising the volunteers and feeding many of us over the 2 days and nights of the festival.
    Without the support of the volunteers the festival would not be possible to put on.

  • The people of Bellingen who billeted our authors.

Financial and Gratuitous Support

  • A very big thank you goes to Officeworks for their exceedingly generous support: the prize money for the Poetry slam, the printing of the program booklets and posters, and their support for the schools program.
  • The Bellingen Shire Council for the grant money we received.
  • Raleigh Barn for providing the furniture which creates such a great atmosphere in the Memorial Hall.
  • Kalang nursery for supplying the plants to dress the set.
  • Hiresquare for materials they gave us to dress the Q & A session.
  • And of course all of us, the committee members, who did the ticketing and accounts, worked on the website, proofread, organised the billeting, sold adverting, booked venues and much more.

A great team effort and congratulations to us all.