Where do the words come from?

Helen Garner visited the Bendigo Library last night to talk about the writing process behind, This House of Grief. 2015 Bendigo Writers Festival participant, Peter Craven calls Garner’s latest non-fiction story, ‘a magnificent book about the majesty of the law and the terrible matter of the human heart.’ Indeed, This House of Grief comes from a dark place (it chronicles 7 years of legal proceedings regarding the drowning death of 3 young boys at the hand of their father).

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Lines Out Loud

No festival is complete without an opportunity to hear poetry readings.

While it’s difficult, particularly when there are so many words spoken and broadcast in so many ways, the simple act of speaking out loud lines of verse is, surely, one of the signs of a civilised society. To speak… and to be heard. To enunciate… and to elucidate. To share lines out loud.

We have set aside Dudley House, the lovely old building in View Street, once a government building erected in the goldrush days, when Camp Hill was a tent city of miners, for Lines Out Loud at Bendigo Writers Festival on Sunday 9 August.

Here’s the program: please let poetry lovers and good listeners and those who care about sharing words all know about Lines Out Loud. We’d be delighted to see you there.


Carmel Bird on making fiction

This is an extract from the Essay at the end of Carmel Bird’s short story collection, My Hearts Are Your Hearts, launched by Cate Kennedy at Bendigo Writers Festival, on Sunday 9 August

“I will wear him in my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart.” Hamlet

I grew up in Tasmania, and in my mind, in my heart of heart, the island’s shape resembles that of a love-heart. When I hold in my hand a chocolate love-heart wrapped in scarlet foil, I may think, for a fleeting moment, of home. The idea of Tasmania often appears in my fiction, and it flitters throughout the stories in this collection. Continue reading