Bendigo Writers Festival’s four day event draws huge crowds

Bendigo was abuzz over the weekend with large numbers attending the Bendigo Writers Festival.

Over 100 writers took part in sessions across the City, including the renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt, Garth Nix, Don Watson, Pip Williams, Louise Milligan and Thomas Mayor.

Bendigo Venues and Events Acting Manager Jacoba Kelly said the Bendigo Writers Festival’s move from August to May had been a huge success.

“The City of Greater Bendigo has produced and delivered another successful festival,” Ms Kelly said.

“Close to 6000 tickets were sold over the four days of the event, with more than 40 per cent of attendees visiting from beyond Bendigo, one in every four attendees came from metropolitan Melbourne.

“Readers, writers and book lovers have been inspired by a fun and thought-provoking program in Bendigo, designed by Festival Director Rosemary Sorensen.

“A “virtual theatre” was an innovative element for the 2021 event which took a new approach due to COVID restrictions where 18 sessions were beamed to an online audience throughout the event.

“We must thank La Trobe University, Bendigo Venues & Events staff and volunteers, our wonderful business and community partners and of course those who attended the event, for making the 2021 Bendigo Writers Festival such a huge success.”

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