Bendigo Writers Festival 2018

August 11-13, 2017


Dunolly & Maryborough on Friday

Start your festival on Friday morning, August 11, with David George Haskell in the Old Court House at Dunolly: Songs of Trees

Then, on to Maryborough’s beautiful Railway Station, to the cafe and gallery space there, where Bryan Dawe will be speaking at noon: A Satirist’s Journey

Program changes

Uncomfortable Truths with Louise Milligan, Saturday 1pm, Capital Theatre has been cancelled: it is replaced by THE LONG GOODBYE with Anna Krien.

Are They All Dead? with Paul  Kennedy, Saturday 4.15pm, La Trobe Art Institute has been cancelled: it is replaced by THE OUTSIDER’S INSIGHTS with Mark Brandi.

Saturday 4pm Capital Theatre; for the Art of Debate panel, Van Badham replaces Clementine Ford. (Please note, Clementine Ford is still scheduled to appear on two sessions on Sunday.)

Ticket update 9 August

A 3-day pass or a day pass gives pass-holders exclusive access to all the events in the five View Street venues throughout the day. This year, too, we’ve improved access, so that pass holders have the very best opportunity to see the sessions they choose.

The program of ticketed events in Ulumbarra Theatre and Strategem Studio at Ulumbarra, begins on Friday with the Opening Event, Where We’re At.

On Saturday, it begins with a performance of Spare Parts Theatre’s The Arrival, and goes right through the day. These include Dava Sobel and David Haskell in conversation with Leslie Cannold and John Safran in conversation with David Astle.

On Sunday, Good Life Sunday is six events, starting at 10.15am, and going through to 5pm; follow

The Good Taste Tram is fully booked.

Bryan Dawe, A Satirist’s Journey, Fri Aug 11, noon, Maryborough Railway Station has one ticket remaining.

Cate Kennedy’s workshop on Thursday Aug 10 is sold out.

Steven Amsterdam’s workshop on Friday Aug 11 has 2 places available.

Kelly Gardiner’s workshop on Friday Aug 11 is sold out.

Box Office at the Capital is open each day from 9.15am.



Look out for Sleipnir

Melbourne City of Literature and Reykjavik City of Literature are two of the network created by UNESCO to promote books and reading.

Together, they have created a journey for a magical horse called Sleipnir, who comes from Norse mythology but is now very much a contemporary flying horse, with magical powers to invite the imagination of younger readers to soar.

In August, Sleipnir takes off from Reykjavik, and heads to Bendigo, where he’ll touch down – invisible but very present – at Text Marks the Spot schools day, at Bendigo Writers Festival.

Check out Sleipnir’s Travels here, and help him send postcards from wherever he lands – especially when he lands in Bendigo. Let’s show the world just what a creative place this Central Victorian heartland is.


Where to go.