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2019 Bendigo Writers Festival 'All That Glitters'

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From sticky carpet to Ambassador Fleety strikes gold
2019, Bendigo Writers Festival, All That Glitters, Food Safari, Maeve O'Meara, Greg Fleet, Gastronomy, books, crime, Paul Davies, Munjed Al Muderis, Alice Pung, Chloe Hooper, AC Grayling, Kerry O' Brien, Ben Fleet, Clementine Ford, Clementine Ford, Jessica Rowe.
'All That Glitters' 2019 Bendigo Writers Festival


The 2019 Bendigo Writers Festival All That Glitters opens Friday 9 August with Food Safari's Maeve O'Meara on The World of Food, with 150 speakers over 7 venues in one weekend. Book your tickets here.

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'There's a lady that's sure

All that glitters is gold

And she's buying a stairway to heaven' Led Zeppelin.

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Let's play a game of 'Guess Who'?

He is this year's Ambassador of the Bendigo Writer's Festival.

Recently he wrote and performed a play 'This is Not a Love Song' at Adelaide Fringe.

He has a green card an active imagination, but is he free to leave the country?

He's pimped out his pet dog for cash, played a mandolin for 14 hours straight, tried to break up with cigarettes and travelled across the Nullarbor, performed comedy on Aussie sticky carpet and international stages.

Greg Fleet, comedian, author, The Good Son, These Things Happen, Thai Die, Love song, Heroin, international, Fleety, Australia
Greg Fleet - Ambassador 2019 Bendigo Writers Festival


Talking to Greg Fleet on the phone is like chatting to a refined English gentleman, well versed in a variety of literature.

MISTRESS: 'So Greg, you're the Ambassador of the 2019 Bendigo Writer's Festival what does that mean to you?"

FLEET: 'I'm really not sure, but I love writers they are very solitary creatures whereas I love talking to audiences and making people laugh'.

MISTRESS: 'Is there a particular writer you really like?'

FLEET: 'Oh, so many but Kurt Vonnegut is amazing. I'd read fourteen of his books, and as I was reading his fifteenth book I found out he had died so I took a month and a half to read the last ten pages of the book. It was hard to let go'.

MISTRESS: 'So you had a relationship with Kurt's characters and stories?'

FLEET: 'I guess I did, and when he died, I grieved'.

Greg Fleet certainly has a colourful history, and if you have read his memoir These Things Happen (2015) then you know his honest, raw, intellectual and self-effacing style of comedy comes from a place of chaos and pain.

MISTRESS: 'Your life is so terrifying is it all true?'

FLEET: 'Oh yeah, it's all true' Greg says with a quiet chuckle.

MISTRESS: 'Do you think the experience of pain makes great writing?"

FLEET: 'Well I guess it does look at the songs of Nick Cave and Paul Kelly amazing storytelling, and from real life experiences'.

Greg Fleet, comedian, author, The Good Son, These Things Happen, Thai Die, Love song, Heroin, international, Fleety, Australia
'The Good Son' by Greg Fleet


Greg was born in Michigan in the United States, and raised in Australia, went to a private school whilst his mother worked three jobs, and his father vanished leaving the family with massive debts. Greg loved acting and performed at school, trained briefly at NIDA, has performed all over Australia and overseas on comedy stages. Storytelling runs in his blood, but so did addiction. Writing his first book Thai Die in 2002, Greg didn't write another book until 2015 - his memoir These Things Happen, and The Good Son in 2018. Currently is he is working on two children's books and a television series.

MISTRESS: 'So Greg, do you think wisdom comes with age?'

FLEET: 'God I hope so, I'm getting old' he chuckles.

MISTRESS: 'So what's the next book you would like to write?'

FLEET: 'I'd love to write a crime series with some reoccurring characters'.

MISTRESS: 'So Greg, can if I steal one of your books at the festival- will you sign it for me?'

FLEET: 'Sure, make sure you come and introduce yourself at the festival I'll be around'.

2019, Bendigo Writers Festival, All That Glitters, Food Safari, Maeve O'Meara, Greg Fleet, Gastronomy, books, crime, Paul Davies, Munjed Al Muderis, Alice Pung, Chloe Hooper, AC Grayling, Kerry O' Brien, Ben Fleet, Clementine Ford, Clementine Ford, Jessica Rowe
Maeve O' Meara 'The World of Food'


What a sweet man. You've convinced me Fleety - I'm booking my ticket to 'All That Glitters'. Listening to the 'litterati' in the beautiful gold rush City of Greater Bendigo is my idea of heaven and a foodies delight. I've booked my V-line ticket and I'm looking forward to the party.

Catch Fleety in Perfect Imperfect at 6.30 pm Friday 9 August at the Bendigo Bowls Club with Lindy Burns, Jon Kudelka and Jessica Rowe.

Then on Saturday 10 August see Fleety in The Artists Role at Bendigo Bowls Club with Jane Caro, Stuart Coupe, Astrid Edwards and Ben Eltham at 2.45 pm.

Head to the Capital Theatre on Sunday 11 August at 3.00 pm for Over It with Jennifer Clement, Fleety, Karen Viggers and Leo D'Angelo Fisher.

2019, Bendigo Writers Festival, All That Glitters, Food Safari, Maeve O'Meara, Greg Fleet, Gastronomy, books, crime, Paul Davies, Munjed Al Muderis, Alice Pung, Chloe Hooper, AC Grayling, Kerry O' Brien, Ben Fleet, Clementine Ford, Clementine Ford, Jessica Rowe
Munjed Al Muderis 'Changing Lives'


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Where: City of Bendigo, various venues
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