Bendigo Writers Festival 2018

August 11-13, 2017


Richard Flanagan in Bendigo

In his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan found the humane in the face of a great crime. The 2014 book, about the World War II Prisoners of War who built the Thai-Burma railway, earned Flanagan parallels with Cormac McCarthy and a vocal fan in former US President Barack Obama.

Like his celebrated creation, the painter William Buelow Gould, who escapes tyranny by becoming a sea horse, Flanagan is a writer who constantly reinvents himself. Each novel finds a new style and a new subject, from eco-tragedy to contemporary drama, zeitgeist thriller, meditation on desire, or tales of tyrants and artists. With First Person, Flanagan uses aspects of his own autobiography to mock memoir – and to ask, in our age of ‘fake news’, what is truth and where is freedom.

At Bendigo Town Hall, join one of Australia’s leading literary talents on his exploration into the meaning, and the problem, of truth. In conversation with Cate Kennedy.

Presented in partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival.


We talked Creepy

John Richardson interrogated Naja Later, Jay Kristoff and Michael Pryor about their interest in scary narratives

Susan Carland & Clementine Ford

Following the release of Fighting Hislam, everyone wanted to hear what Susan Carland has to say about feminism and Islam. Clementine Ford, author of Fight Like a Girl was in conversation at the Capital Theatre.

Comic art and writing

A big part of festival 2017 was the presence of animators and comic book writers, such as Tom Taylor and Chris Kennett. They talked about new audiences and technologies.


Where to go.