Welcome to the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival for 2015.
The BRWF prides itself on being a different kind of writers’ festival, engaging with the unique environment of our region as well as contemporary concerns. This year the theme is ‘Politics and Society’ and we have a range of celebrated political commentators, fiction, non-fiction, poets and young adult writers to explore this in magical and unexpected ways. Standout guests include the longest-serving NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr, interviewed by award-winning journalist and author David Marr. Other political figures attending include Rob Oakeshott who held the balance of power in the Gillard government, and journalist and author Paul Daley, whose gripping novel Challenge is set in the midst of federal politics.
Other guests include novelists and YA writers Felicity Castagna, Lisa Walker and Jessie Cole; humourists Mandy Nolan, poets Zohab Zee Khan and Samuel Wagan Watson. An exciting new initiative from the founders of the festival is the new Coffs Coast Writers Centre, at the Bayldon Community Centre in Toormina. Renowned author Robert Drewe will launch the Centre in a special night on Thursday June 4th.There is something for everyone at this year’s festival – we hope you will join us!