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Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
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Three years ago, the city of Geelong was introduced to a festival that aimed to broaden people's minds and enlighten them to the ways of the world. It was a festival that encouraged discussion and debate, and focused on the written word - most specifically within non-fiction books and other works.



Having established itself as a successful venture, the Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival is back once again, to be held from November 18th to the 20th inclusive. In previous years the events were held within the grounds of the Deakin University Waterfront Campus, and in several libraries across the Geelong region. However, the venue location of the event this year has changed, coinciding with the one year anniversary of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (also known as The Dome). This award-winning architectural masterpiece will play host to the Festival, with events taking place on most levels of the five-floor structure. The only exceptions to this are the writing workshops that will be held on Friday, at the Belmont and Waurn Ponds branches of the library.

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016
All of the events (excluding the writing workshops) will be held at The Dome in Geelong


Over the last few years, the Non-Fiction Festival has presented an impressive selection of writers and guests to its audiences, and this year's event proves to be no exception. Among the authors who will be holding talks this year are journalist and broadcaster Stan Grant, stand-up comedian Dave O'Neil, best-selling non-fiction author and journalist Peter FitzSimons, and Rachael Treasure, best known for her Australian country romance novels (who has recently written her memoirs). There will also be plenty of other well-known historians, broadcasters, journalists and authors gracing the podium to discuss their contributions to the world of non-fiction literature.

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016
A selection of books by some of the authors who will be presenting at the Festival


For more information about who will be presenting, what they will be discussing, and when each talk will be held, there is a program brochure available to view at the word for word festival website, or you can pick up a free copy at various bookstores around the Geelong region. Bookings can also be made via the website or through the Geelong Library.

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016
This festival was established by Deakin University, in conjunction with Geelong Regional Libraries and the City Of Greater Geelong


If you enjoy reading non-fiction works - be it memoirs, historical accounts or scientific/social commentaries - then this may be just the festival for you.
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Why? To embrace the world of non-fiction writing
When: Friday 18 November to Sunday 20 November, 2016
Where: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (The Dome)
Cost: Adult $20, Concession $15 (Workshops Adult $50, Concession $40)
Your Comment
For an avid reader, Catherine, this will surely be heaven!
by Elaine (score: 3|3985) 281 days ago
Sounds like an amazing event for book lovers
by Jay Johnson (score: 2|924) 281 days ago
Nice review! Think I'll have to check it out
by Brooke. A. R (score: 2|405) 281 days ago
An interesting event to attend, thanks for sharing that :)
by RC (score: 3|1215) 200 days ago
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