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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.
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.
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.
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.