Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2017

We would like to thank all those who helped make this year’s BRWF so successful. We focused on two areas, the schools program and the Poetry slam and both have received fantastic reviews.

A big thank you to Brigitte Williams who did so much work to enable the School’s Program to run so smoothly, and the authors who participated. Ailsa Wild, Chris Collins, Gaye Chapman and David Hallet. From all reports, they had a great time at the schools, was a great success and a hit with the students.

The Poetry Slam, on a cold, wet night in Bellingen, it was wonderful to see the hall full of people enjoying the spoken word and performances. We would like to thank the audience for creating such great atmosphere, the poets, who entertained us, and Elizabeth Routledge who as always was such a terrific host and entertained us with her terrific thoughtful poetry.


Annie Arnold and Leigh Winter did us proud with a fantastic set and lighting set up. As usual Annie from Cool Events, Cool Music made the Mem Hall come alive with sound and light. We are grateful for energy and professionalism.

No program can come together successfully without a great team effort from the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival committee. Thank you to Seth Jordan for his dedication to his new position. Thank you, John Bennett, for kick starting this year’s events. John is one of our founding members and he is now bowing out to explore new horizon and he will be sorely missed on the little team. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Thanks also must go to the BRWF committee which includes Victoria Bridgstock, Renee Alexander, Brigitte Williams, Roby Aiken, Carolyn Roelofs, Brian Purcell, Sebastian Syder, Janet Richardson and Libby Feez for their love of all things literary and love of community.

Our biggest thanks is to Officeworks and in particularly Matt Spooner, who through their very generous support made it possible to hold both the School’s Program and supplying the very generous prizes for the Poetry Slam.

The future of the festival will be announced in the coming months and hopefully due to this successful interim year, a new fresh start for the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival will a whole new line up and further Poetry Slams and School’s Programs.

BRWF Special Public Meeting Sunday, 25 June, 2pm

Following the very successful 2017 Poetry Slam & Schools Program this last Friday (a big thank you to all!), the Readers & Writers Festival will be holding a Special Meeting two weeks from today – Sunday June 25th at 2pm, in order to attract new dedicated members to the existing volunteer festival committee, and to fill the organisation’s vacant Office Bearer positions.
In order for the 2018 event to take place we need some new people to come along and join us. So if you are passionate about literature in all of its many forms (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, etc.), and if you have the skills, interest, and a bit of time to contribute to this valuable community festival, please attend this meeting or get in touch.
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