Bendigo Writers Festival 2018

August 11-13, 2017



Ray is an Australian Author and Lecturer in Creative Writing who specialises in novel, screen and playwriting.

His playwriting focuses on social issues, his film, Everynight Everynight, which he co-wrote with Alkinos Tsilimidos, was nominated for an AFI for best adapted screenplay and won numerous awards around the world.

His crime novel, A Green Light, was Penguin’s second-best fiction seller in 1988 and regarded by many as Australia’s best crime novel; it’s been totally rewritten as three stand-alone eBooks.

He recently co-wrote a non-fiction book, A Pack of Bloody Animals, with John Kerr, about the Walsh Street killings, and his latest non-fiction book, The Ethics of Evil – Stories of H Division, is a scathing historical analysis of the punishment division within Pentridge Prison.

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.



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.

The Long Goodbye


Behind projects such as the huge Adani coalmine in Queensland, behind the competing rhetoric about climate change, behind the despair about the future of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, there are the thoughts, words and actions of workers, scientists, activists and politicians.

Anna Krien has turned her formidable reporting skills to the urgent topic of coal, coral and the “climate deadlock”.

She talks with Claire Flanagan-Smith about toxic politics, controversial economics and where effective action is to be found.


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