About BRWF 2016

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival – Thursday 9 June to Monday 13 June – is unique among Australian writers’ festivals in being situated in the magnificent natural environs of the Bellinger River and Dorrigo World Heritage rainforest.

The program focuses exclusively on Australian writers to showcase the diversity of talent in this country.

In 2016, with the theme of “Page, Stage and Screen”, we are lucky to have as our guests Australia’s most popular playwright David Williamson and Sydney Morning Herald columnist and author Richard Glover.

In one session, Kristin Williamson will quiz her husband David as well as fellow playwrights Debra Oswald and Tommy Murphy about their work.

Tony Windsor, back in the political fray, will go head to head with festival director Irina Dunn in a session titled “Death threats be damned, I’m going to stand!”.

Other guests of the BRWF include a serving member of the Australian Air Force who writes thrillers (Graham Potts, Thursday 9 June, 7pm – 9pm, Coffs Harbour Library), a clutch of poets, and a pilot who turned to fiction to get a conservation point of view across to her readers (Janet Richardson giving the Mary White Address at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dorrigo National Park, Dome Road Dorrigo, Friday 10 June, 10am – 12pm)

Local historian Ross Macleay takes you on a walk through Bellingen’s food and drink landscape, from gleaning and foraging to affogato, and provides a social history of eating and drinking in the town, with readings from the literature as you take the tour – Friday 10 June, 2pm – 3pm, meet at Maam Gaduying (Bellingen Meeting Place).

Held in the Memorial Hall panel sessions include: “Is infotainment taking the place of news? What is news anyway?”, “Why is fiction so difficult to write or is it?”, “The way of the future: online, digital and radio writing”, “Are they going to sue me if I write this? Memoir and biography”, and you must not miss “Q & A Bellingen style” style chaired by Richard Glover, when the audience has an opportunity to throw questions from the floor of the Memorial Hall to a distinguished panel of writers and journalists.

Events will be also hosted in the following venues:

  • Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
  • Coffs Harbour Library
  • The Bellingen Brewery
  • The Old Butter Factory
  • Bellingen Library
  • Youth Hub
  • St Andrew’s Church, Hyde Street, Bellingen
  • Uniting Church Hall, near of St Andrews Church, Hyde Street, Bellingen
  • Nexus Gallery
  • Coffs Harbour High School and Tyalla Primary School

The festival honours and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the region’s Gumbaynggirr people, offering you the opportunity to learn some of their language at a talk by Steve Morelli after “Welcome to Country” at the Opening Night Party on Friday 10 June (The Bellingen Brewery)

The Opening night party is on Friday 10 June (The Brewery), and a Dinner with the Literati on Saturday 11 June (The Old Butter Factory), and the ever popular Poetry Slam also features on Saturday 11 June (Memorial Hall).

A Dinner with the literati will be held on Saturday 11 June (The Old Butter Factory) and the ever popular Poetry Slam also features on Saturday 11 June (Memorial Hall).”

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Email: info@bellingenwritersfestival.com.au