Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival main program and special events.

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THURSDAY 7 JUNE
6.00 – 7pm

Coffs Harbour Library
27 Duke St, Coffs Harbour

Library Talk

with J.M. Donellan
Free event
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Festival special event

 


 

FRIDAY 8 JUNE
10.30 – 11.30am

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
Dorrigo National Park
Dome Road Dorrigo

Imagining Climate Futures

with Dr Timothy Cadman
Free event ($5 donation for morning tea)

 


FRIDAY 8 JUNE
4:30 – 6:30pm

Cedar Bar

Festival Opening Event

Welcome To Country, Drinks & Chat
INVITATION ONLY

 


FRIDAY 8 JUNE
7.30 – 11.00pm

Memorial Hall

Bello Poetry Slam

(Sponsored by Officeworks)

Festival special event $15.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
9.00 – 10.00am

Memorial Hall

Science Writing: The Environment, The Mind & Sci-fi

Chair: Ute Schulenberg with
Dan Findlay, Catherine McKinnon , Kate Cole-Adams & Dr Timothy Cadman

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
9.30 – 10.30am

Cedar Bar

The Most Beautiful Lies

‘The Long & Ignoble History of The Great Australian Literary Hoax’
presented by Sunil Badami

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
10.30 – 11.30pm

Memorial Hall

Romance: Writing From & For The Heart

Chair: Ros Ward with
Alli Sinclair, Fiona McArthur & Annie Seaton

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
10.30 – 11.30am

Youth Hub

Writing For Youth: A New Generation Of Readers & Writers

Chair: Robyn Sheahan-Bright with
Alicia Tuckerman, Dan Findlay, & Jesse Blackadder

Single session $20.00
(Free event for age 20 & under)

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
11:00am-12:00pm

Cedar Bar

Workshop: Indigenous Language & Storytelling

with Michael Jarrett & Gary Williams

Free Workshop

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
12.00 – 1.30pm

Memorial Hall

Speaking As A Woman: Stories From Around The World

Chair: Debbie Spillane with
Amal Awad, Jenevieve Chang, Sulari Gentill & Marieke Hardy

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
12.00 – 1.00pm
Youth Hub

Poetry: In Just a few Words

Chair: Johanna Featherstone with
Lorna Munro, J.M. Donellan & Craig Nelson

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
1.00 – 2.30pm

Cedar Bar

Writing About Music: The Song Remains The Same

Chair: Seth Jordan with
Stuart Coupe, Steve Bell & Samuel J. Fell

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
2.00 – 4.00pm

Youth Hub

Workshop: Digital Storytelling & The Graphic Comix

with Libby Feez & Sam Cross

Single session $20.00
(Free event for age 20 & under)

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
2.30 – 3.30pm

Memorial Hall

Don Watson: Featured Talk

‘Collected Writings, The Bush and Weasel Words’
Don Watson, one of Australia’s most acclaimed authors brings his distinctive voice to a host of deserving subjects.

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
3.30 – 4.30pm

Cedar Bar

In Conversation: Caroline Baum

Journalist-broadcaster Caroline Baum discusses her book ‘Only’, a moving memoir about being an only child in a very unusual family with Kate Cole-Adams

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
4.00 – 5.00pm

Memorial Hall

Indigenous Voices: Writing From Country

Chair: Michael Jarrett with
Bruce Pascoe, Lorna Munro & Gary Williams

Single session $20.00

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
6.00 – 7.00pm

Memorial Hall

Keynote Address: The First Casualty

Prof. Peter Greste
‘The First Casualty’ – A memoir from the front lines of journalism
(Sponsored by Windsong Travel)

Keynote Address with Prof. Peter Greste + Media & Journalism – $35 (combined ticket)

 


 

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
7.30 – 9.00pm

Memorial Hall

Media & Journalism: Real News, Fake News & The Future Of Good Journalism

Chair: Chris Nash with
Peter Greste, Wendy Bacon & Tim Page

Sunday 12 June

 


 

Sunday 10 June
9.00 – 10.00am

Memorial Hall

Challenging Women: Perspectives On Life & Writing

Chair: Jesse Blackadder with
Alicia Tuckerman, Alli Sinclair, Claire Aman & Jessie Cole.

Single session $20.00

 


 

SUNDAY 10 JUNE
9.00 – 10.00am
Youth Hub

Workshop: Using Real Life As A Basis For Fiction

with Lisa Milner

Single session $20.00

 


 

SUNDAY 10 JUNE
10.00 – 11.00am
Cedar bar

History: What The Past Means To The Present

Chair: Debbie Spillane
with Bruce Pascoe, Catherine McKinnon, Dan Findlay & Lisa Milner

Single session $20.00