2016 Bellingen Readers And Writers Festival

The Bellingen’s Readers & Writers Festival has appointed IRINA DUNN as Program Director of next year’s festival to be held on the long weekend of 11-13 June 2016.

Irina is the Director of the Australian Writers’ Network, with 10,000+ subscribers, and is a well-known manuscript assessor, editor and literary agent.

Previously, she was NSW Writers’ Centre Executive Director for 15 years, Manager of the Australian Writers’ Guild Authorship Collecting Society and Booktopia Managing Editor, and represented NSW as an independent Senator in the late 1980s.

She wrote The Writer’s Guide: a companion to writing for pleasure or publication (Allen & Unwin), and co-authored A Natural Legacy: Ecology in Australia (Pergamon Press), which won the Royal Australian Zoological Society Prize for best text.

In consultation with the volunteer committee, Irina has decided on the theme of “Page, Stage and Screen” for next year’s festival, and plans to invite well-known and emerging names in these fields to discuss their art and craft in front of large and appreciative audiences.

“Like many regional festivals, Bellingen’s Readers and Writers Festival has limited funding, but the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the warmth of the local people, and their appreciation for books and writers, will certainly attract much-loved novelists, poets, film and television writers and playwrights to participate in the festival,” she said.

Irina intends to expand the youth section of the festival by introducing new forms of writing such as graphic novels and internet writing, and increase the involvement of locals in public events.

Individuals and organisations interested in participating in the 2016 festival should contact Irina Dunn by email irinadid@ozemail.com.au or mobile 0403 486 363, or through her website www.irinadunn.com.au.