Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival on soon!

Are you interested in the art of story-telling, exploring peoples’ writing journeys, finding out ways to get your work published or how to tackle the plastic problem with a show by Mrs. Ticklebottom?

Perhaps it’s all of these, plus more, so you’ll be pleased to find there’s lots on offer at the 2020 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival from 19-28 March.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said Council is proud to bring this popular festival to the community again this year.

‘Now in its 15th year, the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival encourages a love of reading, writing and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity and promotes life-long learning.

‘The 10 day festival program content is rich and appealing and includes an impressive list of authors, writers, poets and artists.

‘There are 16 events ranging from workshops, performance, panel discussions, story-telling, smartphone stories, a celebration of a primary school collaboration with a local author and a story walk with the Wurundjeri Council.

‘There is no charge to attend any of the events, but bookings are required,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

All of the events are noteworthy, and here are a few highlights:

  • Celebrating diverse voices:
    Join a panel discussion on the diversity of cultures through the work of three Melbourne writers sharing their unique stories, common threads, and their journeys documenting cultural identity. Facilitated by award winning journalist and film-maker Santilla Chingaipa, Vietnamese-Australian writer Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Oromo poet and writer Soreti Kadir and Cypriot-Australian author and artist Constantinos Emmanuelle.
  • How to get your work published:
    Not sure how to go about getting your work published? Join Lucia Nardo, Enza Gandolfo and Tracey Rolfe for a lively and informative discussion about writing courses and groups, competitions, agents and publishing.
  • It’s criminal what an author has to do:
    What does it take to write crime? Explore the differences between writing true crime and crime fiction. The panel of writers, including Sherryl Clark, Carmel Reilly and Alex Hammond, investigate what it takes to write about crime and detectives, the unusual aspects of research and real people as characters.

For bookings and a full copy of the festival program, visit our website, email writersfestival@brimbank.vic.gov.au or call 9249 4296.

The Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival is proudly presented by Brimbank City Council, with support from Principal Sponsor Victoria University Polytechnic.