Text Marks the Spot Today

Cecile, Archie and SarahSarah Mayor Cox with a young reader and his mum on the La Trobe University tram.

By Lauren Mitchell

Angela Throgmorton is not an easy woman to forget. The prim and proper sidekick to author/illustrator Leigh Hobbs’ slothful cat Old Tom is not your usual childhood hero, but for La Trobe University’s Sarah Mayor Cox, she reminds her of one.

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On postal votes and social prejudice

By Christy O’Brien

With the country poised to take part in a postal vote on marriage equality, one session at this weekend’s Bendigo Writers Festival couldn’t be more timely.

It Changed the World with La Trobe University writer and academic Dennis Altman and ABC’s Robyn Williams will discuss Dennis’ seminal work Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation (1972). Continue reading

Youth anthology branches out again

Bendigo Writers Festival and the Rotary Club of Bendigo are delighted to announce that submissions for the 2017 Vox Bendigo Book Young Writers Anthology are now open.

Students in years 3-7 and 8-11 are invited to enter one piece of poetry or prose relating to 2017’s theme of ‘THE TREE’.

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Vox Bendigo Fyffe Writing Award 2017

Now in its third year, the Vox Bendigo Fyffe Writing Award opens for entries on Wednesday February 1, and closes on Wednesday April 26.

La Trobe Uni lecturer, poet and writer Scott Alterator was integral to the VB process last year, hosting the celebration at Bendigo Writers Festival where we launched the tiny zine, designed by Jacqui Lynch, featuring the winning poems by Tru Dowling and Melinda Kallasmae.

Rod Fyffe has come up trumps (!) once more, with funding assistance, so this year, to keep it fresh and evolving, we’ve divided the Award into two categories: Poetry and Essay. Continue reading

Doherty – Truth and Nutters

Scene setting:

It’s a cold room, heaters attempt to bring warmth, only reaching the few nearest.
Wooden folding patio chairs are squeezed together closer than economy airline seats.
The roof is mouldy, behind the black stage curtains the walls decay.

Warmth is brought by the audience.
Not just by collective bodies, but by the atmosphere they produce.
All those minds oozing thoughts, even in the silence you can hear them.
All eyes intently staring at the stage, shuffling heads try to glimpse Doherty.
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Summing up a festival – student style

Proud supporters of Bendigo Writers Festival, La Trobe University offers a subject called Writers in Action which embeds students into writers festivals across Victoria and southern NSW. This year the students of the Bendigo group turned their hand to blogging about their experiences at BWF 2016. Below are snippets from a few of the pieces students created. To read more visit the Writers In Action blog site.

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