Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2017

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2017 has undergone major changes. A funding grant, previously available to the festival, was not forthcoming, the Bellingen Memorial Hall was unavailable on the Saturday, and other logistical problems have popped up.

Consequently, for this year only, the committee has decided to concentrate on two of the festival’s strengths – the Schools Program and the Poetry Slam. These are elements of the festival that people love and both will be held on Friday June 9 this year.

Fresh strategies will be put in place with the help of our new P/t strategist Seth Jordan to ensure a successful Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival in 2018!

Two long running local festivals, the Bellingen Music Festival (BMF) and the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival (BRWF) have combined forces to win a grant from Regional Arts NSW to contract an experienced arts professional in a part-time role, to advise, offer strategic planning and assist in the further development of both festivals.

Well known Bellingen resident Seth Jordan has been appointed. Seth’s extensive and successful experience with cultural events of various kinds will help put these festivals on a more secure and professional footing for the future.

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.