Book A Date With The Good Life – Bendigo Writers Festival

With more events and bigger venues, Bendigo Writers Festival takes another step forward this year.

“Opening night on August 7 will be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the atmosphere of our new Ulumbarra theatre,” says David Lloyd,  Manager of Bendigo’s renowned theatre, The Capital.

“We welcome Gourmet Farmer trio Matthew Evans, Ross O’Meara and Nick Haddow to Bendigo to share their passion for food, cooking and living well, and that will kick off our weekend program perfectly.

“Our Saturday Keynote event is also in Ulumbarra, with London-based writer Tariq Ali in conversation with La Trobe University’s Robert Manne.

“The program is designed to be as entertaining and stimulating as we can make it, so if you come for the whole weekend or simply an afternoon, you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere.”

This year’s festival theme is The Good Life, which covers everything from delicious ideas for eating well to getting the most out of reading and writing, as well as ethics, politics, caring for nature, for yourself and for others.

“Writers festivals are increasingly popular, and for a regional city such as ours, it really is an important event,” artistic director Rosemary Sorensen says.

“It’s an enormous undertaking for our city, and I would like to thank the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University for, once again, backing the festival.

“It’s so important for people who live in Central Victoria to have access to the same quality events as those who live in Melbourne and other capital cities, so we’re very proud of what we are offering this year.”

Participants at this year’s festival include: Susan Butler, Latika Bourke, John Clarke, Robert Dessaix, Tim Entwisle, Max Gillies, Cate Kennedy, Nam Le, Amanda Lohrey, Brenda Niall, Kris Olsson, Graeme Simsion, Lyndon Terracini.

The full program and tickets for all Bendigo Writers Festival events are available online at or The Capital box office 1300 764 031.

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