Now in its sixth year, the Bendigo Writers festival brings together more than 130 local and international writers, thinkers and commentators to discuss all things concerning the written word.

This year’s festival will host over 80 sessions in 3 days and feature writers like Dava Sobel, Kenan Malik, Elizabeth Kostova, popular commentators like Susan Carland, Clementine Ford, David Marr, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Robert Dessaix, among many others.

Bendigo festival fanatic and word buff, David Astle says the festival has its own individual charm for new visitors, all hosted in two imposing (venue) hubs. “The weekend’s vibe is nothing but informal and welcoming. And eclectic, with so many topics swirling overhead you get a little giddy”.

Responsible for hosting several key events during the festival, including the opening night gala - which he describes as “trying to herd some exquisite cats on the opening night” – this year’s festival has the theme of “Where We’re At”.

David will also be hosting a session talking to John Safran titled, Adventures in a Weird World. This event will undoubtedly discuss his latest book “Depends what you mean by extremist”.

Other events include the Good Life zone, which is a festival within a festival, aimed at showcasing the variety of food, wine and produce available in the area and the Central Victorian region.

Offering an extensive range of events, David dares anyone to find an equal to this festival. “Show me another regional festival that can dish up live music, rehab stories, stillness workshops, tree tributes, slam poetry and refugee debates, and I’ll go, hee!”

Sure to offer those and more, the full list of activities for the Bendigo Writers Festival can be viewed at:

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