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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Make like Banjo and name drop the Borough

The Mulga Bill Writing Award is once again searching the country for Eaglehawk’s next big literary mentions.

In a respectful nod to Banjo Paterson’s poem about Mulga Bill of Eaglehawk, the competition asks writers to make like Banjo and name-drop the borough to be in the running for cash prizes. 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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Zable’s ‘dream interview’ becomes reality

Arnold Zable is one of the few people in life who can say he’s had the chance to meet one of his childhood idols.
When BWF asked him who he’d most like to interview – from anyone in the world at any stage in history – Arnold does to hesitate to answer.
“I would like to have interviewed — or better still, have had a conversation with—Marek Edelman, one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April 1943. He was a childhood hero of mine, but unlike some of his fellow resistance fighters, who were among my mentors in Melbourne, he had remained in Poland.”

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