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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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

BWF Story Tram’s first outing

Bendigo’s youngest readers were the focus of the first event for Bendigo Writers Festival 2016 when Sam the Story Tram left the Bendigo Tramways Depot yesterday bound for an adventure filled outing of songs and stories.

Twenty pre-school aged children and their special adults met Sam the Story Tram at Bendigo Tramways depot then took an entertaining ride to the Bendigo Gold Mine. Continue reading

Mapping Blackwood’s success

La Trobe University lecturer Sarah Mayor Cox has been rummaging through Freya Blackwood’s drawers. Map drawers that house hundreds of picture book illustrations.

Sarah has just returned to Bendigo from a trip to Freya’s home in Orange, NSW, where she chose the pictures that now hang in the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre.

Sarah is a lecturer in education and a passionate advocate of Australian picture book illustrators. She was inspired to focus this year’s Text Marks the Spot exhibition on Freya following the illustrator’s remarkable achievements in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia awards.

Freya won three illustration categories for three picture books. “No one’s ever done that before,” Sarah says. “She has also won the UK’s highest award for picture book illustration, the Kate Greenaway Medal, which only three Australians have ever done.”

Locals and visitors to Bendigo can see for themselves the magic of Freya’s work in the View Street Gallery. The works have been framed and face mounted behind glass, highlighting the raw pages fresh from the map drawers.

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