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Victoria, Australia, hosts two writers festivals this month: Bendigo holds its Writers Festival from August 10 to 12, followed by Melbourne Writers Festival from August 23 to September 2.

 

Bendigo Writers Festival

Bendigo, a city in the heart of regional Victoria, hosts a three-day festival of interviews, forums, performances, readings, and workshops from August 10 to 12. Most sessions are held at The Capital, Bendigo’s performing arts centre, including The Capital Theatre, the Bendigo Bank Theatre and the Banquet Room, which is also the Festival Hub, and the Capital’s Old Fire Station, next door to the main venue. Participating authors include Ita Buttrose, Margo Lanagan, Alex Miller, Don Watson, Alexis Wright, and children’s author Leigh Hobbs.

bendigowritersfestival.com.au


Melbourne Writers Festival

The 11-day programme from August 23 to September 2 at the Melbourne Writers Festival features more than 350 of the world’s leading writers, thinkers, illustrators, and performers with a festival programme of over 300 events. Festival guests include Simon Callow, Germaine Greer, Richard Holloway, Pico Iyer, Stephanie Laurens, John Boyne, Martha Nussbaum, and John Lancaster. Events take place in Federation Square and venues around Melbourne and Victoria, including The Wheeler Centre within the State Library of Victoria, and Melbourne’s Immigration Museum.

mwf.com.au



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