If you have never been to a writers festival, and wonder just what to expect when you rock up to View Street in August, here’s a beginner’s guide.
1. Writers festivals are as much about readers and writers – that’s why you won’t see an apostrophe in the title. And when we say readers, that means everyone, from those who avidly borrow a stack of library books every month, to those whose reading consists of skimming Twitter. Seriously! We are all part of a community and reading is one of the glues that bind us. A writers festival is a chance to keep that glue strong and fresh.
2. Our writers festival is, as they say in the glossy brochures, very affordable.
You’ll figure this out for yourself, but what you’ll find is that a festival pass, bought online or at the Capital’s box office, will make it very easy to pick and choose what sessions you want to attend, and, if you are really keen, you could do 15 sessions for your $40/$35 pass. But if you only want to go to one session, you can do that too.
There are a few keynote sessions in the Capital main theatre only available as single tickets, at $12/$10 which can be booked also via the Capital or the festival website, and a couple of others that are outside the main program and booked at the venues. We’ve tried to make it very simple, so we hope you find it so.
3. Writers are about as different as children and cats. And, like children and cats, they are wonderful. What this festival is about is providing a relaxed gathering space, where writers can come together to talk about their own writing, meet readers, swap ideas and have a good time. The writers heading to Bendigo, and our own locals who are part of this first festival, are being generous with their time and their expertise, so we’re hoping to make their visit to Bendigo very enjoyable.
4. Yes, you will be able to buy books at the festival. Dymocks Bendigo will be setting up a bookshop for the weekend. Stay tuned for more information on that one.
5. On Friday August 10, the schools day and the first day of the festival, there will be volunteers on hand in the Capital foyer to answer any of your questions and provide information about the sessions coming up across the weekend.
You can also email us here, at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime between now and the festival or via the festival website: www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au.