Now, here’s a few names you might not yet have heard about, or seen their books on the bookshelves: Sydney Smith, Paul D Carter, Paul Carter (they’re two different blokes!), Lisa Lang, Sulari Gentill.
Those are some of the newer writers coming to Bendigo Writers Festival next week. This is an excellent opportunity to discover some new reading.
Sydney Smith’s book, The Lost Woman, has only been out a month or two. It’s a memoir about growing up in Wellington, the daughter of a Maori mother and Pakeha father who filled her with such fear and anxiety, she heard voices in her head telling her to kill and maim and destroy.
Finally, there is light, when someone pays attention to a young woman so ill she had no hope for her future.
Ms Smith emigrated to Australia, and set up the Victorian Mentoring Service for Writers. She began to write essays and fiction, including a story which won the Age Short Story competition.
Writing The Lost Woman couldn’t have been easy: she’ll talk about why she decided to do it, and how she achieved it, on an extraordinary panel, “Mothers and Fathers”, on Sunday August 12 at 11.30am in the Bendigo Bank Theatre.
She’s alongside Tony Birch, whose memoir of growing up in Melbourne is just as harrowing, just as inspiring, and Paul D Carter, who has written about the legacy of a family secret in his award-winning Eleven Seasons.
After the schools’ day on Friday (which is booked out), there’s a dusk session in the Old Fire Station that kicks off the rest of the Festival.
“Next Gen” showcases our … ahem … next generation of writers, with Paul D Carter again, this time joined by Lisa Lang, the wonderful performance poet Emilie Zoey Baker, Bendigo post-grad and now Clunes denizen Stephen Samuel, and Bendigo Weekly’s sports-nut Joel Peterson.
That’s from 5pm to 6pm, and it’s included in your festival pass ($40/$35) or your Saturday pass ($24/$20).
Book at The Capital on 5434 6100, or at the Bendigo Writers Festival website.
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