Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival 2021

We are very excited to announce that this year’s Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival is coming to our City next month from Thursday 17 – Saturday 26 June.

The 10 day program of high quality events will include author talks, panel discussions, interviews, workshops, performance and storytelling events.

Now in its 16th year, the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival encourages a love of reading, writing and literature, story-telling, celebrates creativity and diversity and promotes life-long learning.

Eighteen programs will run at various locations in Brimbank across the festival period. Bookings are essential and there is no cost to attend any of the events.

The first event will be on Thursday June 17 at the Bowery Theatre, just a few minutes from the train station in St Albans.

The opening event features one of Australia’s most beloved actors, author and Aboriginal Elder Uncle Jack Charles in conversation with writer and journalist Paul Bateman.

Other festival events include a panel event with African-heritage Australians discussing what happens when they exist and function in predominantly white spaces, a micro fiction competition, a session on how artists tell stories through different mediums, as well as popular children’s authors Julianne Negri and Scott Stuart.

The program will also include events for the South Sudanese and Vietnamese speaking communities, and children’s and adult writing workshops.

The festival will also offer some live-streamed and pre-recorded events and one program with closed captions to make the festival even more accessible to the community.

Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic

“Council is proud to bring the popular Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival to the community again in 2021.

“For many of us, life in the past year has essentially been at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now that it is safer to move around the community again, we are especially excited to invite the community to take part and make the most of this wonderful festival.

“The festival program is rich and appealing and includes an impressive list of authors, writers and artists. It is current, relevant and diverse and offers residents of all ages the opportunity to discover and learn from enriched and varied literary experiences.”

For bookings and a full copy of the festival program, visit brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/writersfestival

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