Quite often the visitor to a festival can be at arms length from a discussion or presentation, mainly due to large numbers of people and the need to prioritise the program.
Mildura Writers' Festival presents a unique opportunity for the participant and the invited writers and poets to mingle and cross-pollinate.
The vibe here is relaxed and open.
The venues are small auditoriums, so there is plenty of opportunity for the audience to relate and ask questions, share experiences and insights. Sometimes the most rewarding sessions evolve around the audience questions.
The festival runs from the 17th of July until the 20th of July.
Program Mildura writers festival offers an eclectic program of workshops lectures, lunches and dinners, discussion forums and much time for socialising.
Packages The best value for money to participate in the festival is to book a package.
Festival Package, $325 includes:
Facts and Truth: Opening Night with Gideon Haigh and Helen Garner
The Art of Fiction with Alex Miller
What Springs to Mind: Lunch with Helen Garner
The Art of Poetry with Lisa Gorton and Robert Adamson
Writing Lives: Literary Non-Fiction with Alice Pung, Christina Thompson, and Bruce Pascoe
Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal Dinner
5 La Trobe University Sessions (see below)
La Trobe University Sessions Lunch
Books v Cigarettes: The Rematch with Gideon Haigh
Festival Finale Lunch
Saturday at La Trobe Package, $60 includes:
Session 1: In Conversation with Lisa Gorton and Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Session 2: Readings with Helen Garner and Alex Miller
Sessions Lunch provided by 27 Deakin
Session 3: Poetry Readings with Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Robert Adamson
Session 4: In Conversation with Simon Leys
Session 5: The Writer as Editor with Christine Thompson and Alice Pung
Mildura is a big regional city in northwestern Victoria. It is located in the beautiful Sunraysia region, and is on the banks of the mighty Murray River.
Mildura has much to offer the visitor, including the river precinct, Botanical gardens, Saturday morning market, cafes and restaurants and surrounding wineries. A favourite is Stefano's cafe, which is also very popular with the locals.