- Opening night party
Friday 10 June
7.00 – 10.00pm
3/5 Church Street, Bellingen
- Bucking the trend: Pantera Press showcase
Saturday 11 June
10.00 – 11.00am
- Why write poetry when nobody ever reads it?
Sunday 12 June
1.00 – 2.00pm
- Writing and performing spoken word with Josh Donellan
Monday 13 June
10.00 – 12.00pm
Youth Hub Room 2, corner Church and William Streets, Bellingen
J.M. DONELLAN (Josh) is a writer, musician, slam poet, radio DJ and teacher. He believes the measure and cadence of language is important and has been known to replace a word because the rhythm is not quite right. Josh was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India, and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man while standing next to Oscar Wilde’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
His debut novel, A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India, won the 2009 IP Picks best fiction award. He scripted and voiced the Pocket Hipster iPhone application even though he doesn’t have an iPhone.
Josh was a state finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Australian Poetry Slams and a national finalist in 2015. He was chosen as one of the top ten writers in the 2013 Spirit of Youth Awards. His debut play was We Are All Ghosts and he also co-wrote The Theory of Everything, which sold out its entire season at the 2015 Brisbane Festival.
His children’s fantasy novel is Zeb and the Great Ruckus, and his latest novel, Killing Adonis, was released in October 2014. www.jmdonellan.com