Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 7 – 9 June 2019

With a focus on contemporary Australian writers, the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is presenting an exciting line-up of literary talent once again to be held on the long weekend in June.
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 Unfortunately feminist author/journalist Clementine Ford has had to cancel her previously announced appearances at the upcoming 2019 Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival on 7-9 June. “I offer my sincere apologies, but have had to withdraw because of family reasons,” says Clementine.

The “In Conversation” session on Saturday 8 June 3:30pm at Cedar Bar will now feature author/politician FIONA PATTEN, founder and leader of the Reason Party (formerly The Australian Sex Party), who holds a key upper house seat in the Victorian Legislative Council. Fiona will be discussing her 2018 book ‘Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll’ with Leonie Henschke, and her unlikely journey from sex worker to Member of Parliament.

Fiona will also be participating in Sunday’s morning’s Biography, Memoir & Blog: ‘Life Stories’ panel. 
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Joining the Saturday night Media & Journalism discussion panel ’21st Century News & Information’ (Saturday 8 June 7:30pm, Memorial Hall) are two local writers with strong journalism pedigrees – BELINDA SCOTT, who worked for many years on the Coffs Coast Advocate, and EVE JAREMKA, who worked on the UK newspapers The Times/The Sunday Times, and now runs her own local media company.

Joining Sunday afternoon’s ‘51%: Engendering Equality’ discussion panel (Sunday 9 June, 4:00pm, Memorial Hall) will be author MICHELLE SCOTT TUCKER, who is Executive Director of the Stella Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent literary prize for women writers. Michelle will also be participating in both the History and Biography/Memoir discussion panels during the Festival weekend.

Drawing on the success of 2018, the festival will offer a fun, intimate, thought-provoking and at times challenging program. Audiences can expect to engage with a variety of personalities of the literary world in a range of venues from the historic Bellingen Memorial Hall to intimate cafes and restaurants around town.

Whether you are a budding writer or a passionate lover of literature, start making plans for the June long weekend in 2019. Be part of this exciting regional community event in the picturesque river town of Bellingen, listed as one of the prettiest villages in Australia.

The 2019 Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their generous support:

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