it’s the written word that’s top of the list for the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival, but there are strings attached.
Dennis O’Keeffe will be strumming his guitar as he explains how Waltzing Matilda came into being.
The Egan sisters, Alanna and Alicia, will be filling the air with their heavenly voices, helped along by more guitar strumming, as an accompaniment to their session about how they write the words to match the music.
And poet Arnold Zable teams up with singer Kavisha Mazzella to show how much music there is in poetry and how both can trigger the kinds of strong emotions that change the world.
BWF chairman councillor Rod Fyffe said the stage is now set for this new event, and he’s inviting Bendigonians to join in and enjoy.
“Right from the start, we wanted to make sure there was something for everyone in this first program,” he said.
“And we wanted to show off our venues too, so there are events in the big Capital Theatre, next door at the Old Fire Station, in La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Centre, and even a special reading session, over at the Central Deborah Gold Mine, 61 metres underground.
“The response from everyone has been fantastic.
“We’ve had comments from all round the state about what a great program this is.”
You can book online at the Bendigo Writers Festival website or get tickets at the Capital box office.
Friday August 10, 5-6pm, Old Fire Station
Next Gen: Young writers tell how they got started and their hopes for the future. With Lisa Lang, Paul D Carter, Stephen Samuel, Emilie Zoey Baker and Joel Peterson. (Included in Festival Pass $40/35/Saturday Pass $24/$20)
Saturday August 11, 11-11.45am, Old Fire Station
Dennis O’Keeffe, author of Waltzing Matilda: The Secret History, speaking and singing about Australia’s unofficial national anthem. (Included in Festival Pass $40/35/Saturday Pass $24/$20)
Sunday August 12, 2-3pm, The Capital Theatre
Anytime the Wind Can Change: Arnold Zable and Kavisha Mazzella present words and music to change the world. (Tickets $12/$10)
Sunday August 12, 3.30-4.30pm, Visual Arts Centre
Words and Music: Alanna and Alicia Egan talk about their songs and play their music. (Included in Festival Pass $40/35/ Saturday Pass $24/$20)
Win a Festival Pack
We’re giving away a couple of packs of goodies to help you get in the BWF mood. Packs include: official Bendigo Writers Festival top, supplied by sponsors Telstra Business Centres, a copy of Ita Buttrose’s memoir, A Passionate Life, courtesy of Penguin Books, plus a double pass to “Anytime the Wind Can Change” (see above).
To enter: email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Monday, August 6, with “Festival Pack” in the subject line.