Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

7 - 9 June

Memorial Hall, Bellingen



A star-studded line-up of Australian authors and publishing industry people from across the country will gather in Bellingen again on the June Long Weekend to take part in the 2019 BELLINGEN READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL. With daily panel discussions, intimate ‘In Conversation’ sessions, book launches, a spoken-word youth workshop and a number of other highlight events, there will be  special focuses this year on Crime & Mystery writing, Children’s books and  Journalism. Other discussion genres include Writing for Stage & Screen, Australian History, Biography & Memoir, Fiction, Indigenous Storytelling, Poetry, Book Reviewing, Publishing and Local/Regional Authors.

The entire festival program, with full author bios, and further festival information is available at:

Festival Weekend & Day passes, as well as individual session tickets are on-sale from:


With over 40 national, regional and local writers taking part, this year’s guest list features many well-known names and faces from the literary world, including award-winning journalist KERRY O’BRIEN, Indigenous Studies academic MARCIA LANGTON, children’s author MORRIS GLEITZMAN, One Plus One interviewer JANE HUTCHEON, science writer/broadcaster ROBYN WILLIAMS, feminist writer CLEMENTINE FORD, writer/academic ROBERT MANNE, film director/scriptwriter RACHEL WARD, novelist/short story author ROBERT DREWE, renowned historian HENRY REYNOLDS, novelist/singer-songwriter HOLLY THROSBY, Fairfax literary editor JASON STEGER, children’s writer ANNA FIENBERG & Poetry Slam champion ZOHAB ZEE KHAN.

The list of remarkable authors featured at this year’s Readers & Writers Festival also includes ABC political reporter TOM IGGULDEN, Catalyst presenter JONICA NEWBY, Indigenous chef CLAYTON DONOVAN, music reviewer BERNARD ZUEL, bird expert GISELA KAPLAN, playwrights ALANA VALENTINE & LACHLAN PHILPOTT, former Senator MARGARET REYNOLDS columnist/essayist ANNE MANNE, Writing NSW director JANE MCCREDIE, biographer MICHELLE SCOTT TUCKER, poets MALCOLM McFARLANE & CHERISE LILY NANA, bookseller/blogger ELIAS GREIG, Crime & Mystery writers CHRIS HAMMER, MARK BRANDI, CAROLINE DE COSTA, J.P. POMARE & CHRISTIAN WHITE, children’s illustrator/authors COLIN THOMPSON & OLIVER PHOMMAVANH, Gumbaynggirr storytellers MARK FLANDERS, SHAA SMITH & MICHAEL JARRETT, and many other talented local and regional authors.