Returning, long weekend, 5 – 8 June 2020.

Whether you’re a successful or budding author, a passionate lover of literature, hooked on a genre, wanting to hear how the written word is used to create poetry and song, or advancing scientific endeavours, grab your tickets, to this year’s Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. There’s sure to be something you’ll love.

Bellingen (listed as one of the prettiest villages in Australia), will come alive from Friday night – with the ever-popular Bellingen Poetry Slam – to Monday noon. From Saturday morning to evening, there are back-to-back sessions in the Bellingen Memorial Hall and Cedar Bar from 9.15 am till late. Then we’ll do it all over again on Sunday, and ease into a half-day Monday.

This year we’ve introduced a Fringe Festival alongside the Main Festival. There is also a range of incredible workshops and free events, including book launches, discussions of the new age of publishing works, a writing competition and readings.

Expect the same wonderful sessions you’ve been delivered in past Bellingen Readers and Writer’s Festivals in the Main Events. The Fringe Events often takes a broader view of the written word and are designed to be accessible and fun to more than the ‘bookish’. A Main Events pass will give you access to all Fringe events, but a Fringe Events pass (at a third the price of a Main Events pass) gives you access to only Fringe events. Fringe events are at a first in first serve basis. Workshops range from the detail of skilled writing to concepts of the story and song and are all delivered by highly skilled facilitators. You’d be mad not to book into a workshop of interest; the opportunity for such affordable guidance is rare. Author support services, especially for those wishing to go down the self-published path, will be available all weekend in the Writer’s forum, as well as providing panel. For those who want to test their skill in writing, there’s an opportunity to enter a writing competition and win prizes, as well as have their work published.

Book now! There are limited Main Events passes. Single Event passes will only go on sale 20 minutes before the start of the event if there are seats available. There are a limited number of places for each workshop as well, so book your workshop now.

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See you at the festival!