Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival main program and special events.

BRWF Program

PROGRAM CHANGES – PLEASE NOTE!

Peter Greste – Keynote Address – Saturday 6:00pm-7:00pm / Journalism panel – 7:00pm-8:30pm (Due to Prof. Greste’s travel schedule, his Keynote Address will now be immediately followed by the Journalism panel, with no 30 minute break in between, as previously advertised.)

NEW SESSION!
BLANCHE D’ALPUGET : ‘12th Century Vs 21st Century women – Lives of Women in 12C England and France’ Saturday, 9 June 2:30pm-3:30pm, Bellingen Memorial Hall

As posted last week, Caroline Baum has unfortunately had to cancel her appearances at the Festival, so her advertised Saturday afternoon ‘In Conversation’ session at Cedar Bar will not be taking place.


 

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

Join MC Elizabeth Routledge for one of the most popular events at the festival. Great cash prizes for winners courtesy of Officeworks.

(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

Blanche d’Alpuget: Featured Talk

’12 Century vs 21st Century Women – Lives of Women in 12C England and France’
Multi-award-winning author Blanche d’Alpuget looks back to the Middle Ages to compare the lives and times of women through history. Rated M

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