Festival a literary feast

BELLINGEN’S newest event, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, is making good progress to guarantee its future.

Not only has the not-for-profit arts initiative been successful in gaining $18,500 for this year’s inaugural festival but also seed funding of $33,000 for the event over two years.

The latest funding, through the Enterprising Regions Program, will assist the festival to fully implement all its plans for premiere.

Festival chairman Rod Howard said the funding was very valuable for the staging of the event.

“We appreciate the support of our new festival by the NSW Department of Industry and Investment,” Mr Howard said.

“This will help ensure we have a foundation for a sustainable annual festival that will contribute to the region in so many ways.

“It also means we are able to employ a number of short-term festival staff to implement our plans and make sure everyone with an interest in books, literacy and writing is aware we have joined the annual calendar.”

The festival will run over the weekend of April 8 to 10 and will feature many Australian writers, including Robert Drewe, Michael Robotham, Debra Adelaide, Colin Thompson, Dr Leslie Cannold and many more.

The three day event will include readings, panels, forums and feasts with local and regional writers presenting their works in free sessions in Maam Gaduying Park in the centre of Bellingen.

Early bird tickets are now on sale through the festival website: www.brwf.com.au.

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