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Lovers of words unite
The annual Bendigo Writers Festival is on again from Friday 9 August to Sunday 11 August 2019 all within Bendigo's historic View Street arts precinct.

This three-day event gathers together more than 100 international and Australian writers for a wide range of discussions on everything from poetry to politics, food and fiction, history and the future. Now in its 7th year, the festival continues to grow in popularity and attracts people to the beautiful Bendigo region.

The festival provides the perfect opportunity to talk about books and writing, with like-minded individuals and attend one of the many varied sessions being held around the city. There are interviews, debates, stories and discussions, covering just about everything you can imagine. Sessions are designed to delight, amuse, intrigue, stimulate and provide thought-provoking discussion.

Writers on the program include Alice Pung, Paul Davies, Julia Shaw, AC Grayling, Maeve O'Meara, Min Jin Lee, Alan Kohler, Louise Milligan, Megan K Stack, Benjamin Law, John Marsden, Clementine Ford, Ranjana Srivastana, Munjed Al Muderis.

Special events include: Meshel Laurie on why Buddhism is good for you, at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion; Saturday night keynote address on What Is Life? by Paul Davies; Gastronomy Breakfast on Sunday morning with Jill Dupleix and Terry Durack, prepared by Sonia and Nick Anthony from Masons of Bendigo.

The full program is out now and can be found here.

Ticket options range from the three-day festival pass to single-ticket Quick Picks and feature events. If you choose a Festival three-day Pass, you get access to all the Pass-only events without needing to book individually for those sessions. Ticket prices are as follows for the passes:

Three-day Festival Pass: $120 / $108 concession
Friday Festival Pass: $45 / $40 concession
Saturday Pass: $70 / $63 concession
Sunday Pass: $60 / $54 concession

Ticket-only Feature Events are $25 / $22 concession and other
Ticket-or-Pass Events are $20 / $18 concession. Click here for full ticketing information. Bookings can also be made by:(03) 5434 6100 or at the Box Office: The Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Bendigo Writers Festival
A full house at one of the many events

Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, approximately 150 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. With its beautiful streets and buildings created from one of the world's greatest gold rushes, it's a fabulous place to spend a weekend. More information on Bendigo, including accommodation options, can be found here.
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Why? Bendigo Writers Festival is an annual three-day event which gathers more than 100 writers for discussions about every kind of writing under the sun.
When: Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August 2019
Phone: (03) 5434 6100
Where: View Street, Bendigo
Cost: Prices vary - see website for full details
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