Welcome to the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has become a popular annual cultural event showcasing leading authors and celebrating all things literary. With workshops, talks, forums, book launches, competitions, entertainment and school programs, it’s a diverse and inspiring  weekend with something for everyone.

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2014
Queens Birthday long weekend
Friday 6th June to Monday 9th June

The 2014 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival is the fourth incarnation of this wonderfully intimate festival where you can meet the writers and get involved, becoming part of the story.

This year boasts an amazing mix of established and emerging writers with talks, panels, readings, workshops, Paddle with a Poet down the Bellinger, the sell-out Poetry Slam, and events in the beautiful landscape around Bellingen. There is a rich schools program and indigenous participation from local, Taree area and Arnhem Land Aboriginal writers and story tellers.

Events encompass a range of topics including, the Australian novel, travel adventures, crime, comedy, memoir, music and language, the latest environmental thinking and journalism – have fun, be inspired, take part, get creative.

This year’s guests include Alex Miller, twice winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award; Nadia Wheatley, author of ‘My Place’, Kristina Olsson; Dominic Knight from the Chaser, Lian Tanner, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr and Djawundil Maymuru, Yolngu authors from Arnhem land and many more, including surprise guests.