ONLY one of the writers asked if they wanted to be involved in the world-first reading event in the Central Deborah Gold Mine said no.
That writer said, very politely, her ancestors were Welsh miners and she’s got a deep-seated fear of being underground.
The rest of them – Margo Lanagan, Dennis O’Keeffe, Sydney Smith, Lucy Sussex and this year’s Vogel’s Award winner Paul D Carter – were super-enthusiastic with their response.
“I’ll be in anything that’s a world-first, count me in,” fantasy writer Ms Lanagan said.
“That sounds like something I want to be involved in,” memoirist Ms Smith said.
So, down they go, on August 11, in what may well be setting a record – and a precedent – for reading events.“This is the first time we’ve used our Underground Function Room like this,” Bendigo Trust chief executive Tom
“We’re taking writers 61 metres underground for a reading as part of the first Bendigo Writers Festival, and calling it Deep and Meaningful.
“We think it will create a really unusual atmosphere, and it’s certainly a first for a writers festival.”
Deep and Meaningful is one of only a couple of events in the Festival not in The Capital and other View Street venues.
City of Greater Bendigo councillor Rod Fyffe, chairman of the Festival and the host of Deep and Meaningful said it was a no-brainer to include the Gold Mine in the inaugural program.
“Bendigo is synonymous with our goldmining history,” Cr Fyffe said.
“We’ll be fossicking for fiction, and digging for golden quotes, when we take our visiting writers down the mine.”
For more information, please pick up a program from The Capital, or online at www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au.