Author Robert Drewe will be guest of honour at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival literary lunch.
Author Robert Drewe will be guest of honour at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival literary lunch.

A festival feast for brain, body

IT HAS long been known well-chosen words are the happy companion of good food, so what could be more appropriate than the Coffs Coast Advocate inviting you along to the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival literary lunch with author Robert Drewe.

With the festival in its inaugural year, the Advocate is proud to be hosting this delicious event, a feast for brain and body, on Saturday, April 9.

Hear acclaimed West Australian author, Robert Drewe (The Sark Net, The Bodysurfers, The Rip) speak on writing, reading and the art of the Australian story.

The lunch will be held at Bellingen’s Old Butter Factory at noon with a two-course meal including wine with each course.

Tickets are $60 and can be booked through the festival website at www.brwf.com.au

This week the festival has announced its full program of special events, inspired by and taking advantage of the region’s natural beauty.

“Diversity and accessibility were our aim,” festival artistic director John Bennett said.

“From paddling with poets on the Bellinger River to strolling through ancient rainforest of Dorrigo National Park or discussing Gumbaynggirr spirituality and sharing stories in a Stone Circle, the special events’ program is varied, interesting and fun.

“It has been designed to entice and excite everyone.”

Coffs Harbour events include an evening with Festival Poets Brook Emery and MTC Cronin on Wednesday, April 6 and readings with Chris Womersley and Jon Bauer on April 7.

In Dorrigo, take a morning stroll through the rainforest and discover the ‘slow art of bushwalking’ followed by breakfast on April 8, and then stay on the plateau for Writing the Environment with Mary White. Talking Stones – Sharing Stories is an afternoon with Auntie Bea Ballangarry and others at the unique Stone Circle, North Farm.

The list goes on with three days of events, readings,

panels, forums and feasts. There are workshops, schools programs, presentations and theatre performances.



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