Bendigo Writers Festival 2018

August 11-13, 2017


Swooning with Christopher Lawrence

The wonderful wit and gentle voice of Christopher Lawrence is one of those special things so many Australians love about ABC radio.

His knowledge about music is matched by his passion and ability to share.

Meet this exceptional presenter, in conversation with Dan Bendrups on Friday, then talking about his passion for music on Saturday, then on Sunday, as part of the Good Life program at Ulumbarra, telling us about his “favourite things”.

Swooning is one of those books that crosses boundaries, full of memorable moments about great composers, and written with the same kind of friendly, inclusive style that Christopher is so good at on radio.

We’re very pleased to be able to welcome Christopher Lawrence to Festival 2017.

Naked Man in Bendigo

Robert Gott, creator of the extraordinarily long-running newspaper cartoon, The Adventures of Naked Man, is heading to Bendigo, and you can see him here, and here and here.

For Festival 2017, Robert has created our very own Naked Man in Bendigo: what’s he saying as he confronts one of Bendigo’s much-loved and renowned heritage trams?

There’s a caption competition now running at our facebook page here, so to be in the running for a double-pass to the Closing Event, suggest your caption before 5pm, Wednesday August 2.


Get the donuts ready – Van Badham’s on her way

Famous for her feist (there really OUGHT to be such a noun), commentator Van Badham has joined the panel, The Art of Debate.

This one’s about how to speak out in ways that are effective and courageous, in an environment that increasingly fosters the fake, the rude and the shallow.

Van Badham is feminist to her bootstraps, and takes on patriarchal thinking without flinching. She joins Australian journalist Troy Bramston, refugee advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis (a pretty forthright feminist himself) and host Annika Smethurst.



Van Badham is a theatre-maker and novelist, occasional broadcaster, critic and feminist.

She is vice-president of the MEAA, Victoria.

She writes columns for the Guardian and lives in Melbourne.


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