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Bendigo Writers Festival 2018

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The 2018 Bendigo Writers Festival runs Friday August 10th – 12th.

A highlight will of course be the Inky events featuring our Inky Judges Luca, Thi and Fahma.

Come along to The Big Announcement of the Inky Awards shortlists in on Friday August 10th! This will be the opening of Schools Program, Text Marks The Spot, where there is also a session with the Inky judges discussing the process of being, well, Inky judges.

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For those of us who can’t get to the excellent schools program, the public program also has many gems. International author Matt Haig, who writes fiction, nonfiction and books for children will be there discussing his latest book on anxiety, Notes on a Nervous Planet. Also appearing is international poet Lemn Sissay, performing a one act piece about  being adopted and discovering his Ethiopian identity and of the search for his parents.  Inky Award winner Zana Fraillon will launch her picture book Wisp and discuss writing for curious kids with author Belinda Murrell and John Flanagan will discuss how to create compelling heroes. Hope to see you there!

Author Zana Fraillon




Disappointed that I haven't yet grown wings so I can fly and be there, but it should be great!

2nd Aug, 18

I’ll see if I can get there, but I don’t know if I can :’(
Defs would love to meet Matt Haig - April from Aprillus Maximus has made me want to read all of his books!

2nd Aug, 18

I would love to meet John Flanagan!

2nd Aug, 18