Bendigo Writers Festival 2018

August 11-13, 2017


Ford on Sunday

The announcement that Clementine Ford will follow up her influential bestseller, Fight Like a Girl with a book about boys has caused celebration among her many fans.

She joins us at Festival 2017 to talk with Susan Carland at 10am on Sunday August 13, then takes part in the Post-Millennial panel, with Emily Sexton from the Wheeler Centre at 4pm.


Leigh Hobbs Exhibition

One of Australia’s best and most admired picture-book creators, Leigh Hobbs is the current Children’s Laureate.

His characters – Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, Mr Badger and the delightfully outrageous Mr Chicken – are internationally acclaimed.

For Festival 2017, La Trobe Art Institute presents an exhibition of the work of Leigh Hobbs.

Organised by Sarah Mayor Cox for the BWF Text Marks the Spot schools program, the exhibition is curated by Travis Hodgson and Karen Annett Thomas.

It’s open from Wednesday August 9, through to September 10, and Leigh Hobbs will be in Bendigo for Text Marks the Spot and to take part in the Festival opening event, Friday August 11, at Ulumbarra Theatre.

Read more about Leigh and his cast of characters from The Age earlier this year, here.

The Pleasure of Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix is unique, a raconteur with a style that mesmerises and amuses, intrigues and inspires.

Those who remember him on the now sorely missed Books and Writing on ABC Radio know how erudite and engaging he is, but it was his first book, A Mother’s Disgrace, that revealed to us his brilliance as a writer.

He has gone on to write travelogues, novels and memoir, all done in a style that leaps off the page in that fine voice of his, once heard never forgotten.

Robert’s new book is The Pleasures of Leisure, and he’s joined by the equally distinguished literary journalist Caroline Baum to talk about it. He will also deliver one of his brilliant talks, on why insincerity is so prevalent.

This is a festival pass event.


Walk Bendigo with Carol Holdsworth

Bendigo Historical Society’s Carol Holdsworth will take you down View Street, and along past some of the city’s famous buildings and monuments, for a one-hour tour of history.

Join Carol on the porch of the Capital, which was once a grand Masonic Lodge, and enjoy this fascinating ramble, returning via Rosalind Park and the more recent additions to Bendigo’s cultural assets, at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

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This is a free event; in case of bad weather, please check with the box office for updates.



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