George Negus to talk at festival

George Negus enjoys a glass of red and a good read at his Bellingen home.
George Negus enjoys a glass of red and a good read at his Bellingen home. UTE SCHULENBERG

LOCAL identity George Negus will be flipping through the pages of his latest book when he features at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival in April.

He will discuss his book, The World from Downunder, at Bellingen’s Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 9, along with his work as a journalist and writer.

Mr Negus has had a celebrated career including roles as founding presenter of Sixty Minutes and Foreign Correspondent and he has worked at the helm of Dateline for six years and currently presents 6pm With George Negus on the TEN Network.

His critically acclaimed books The World from Downunder, The World from Islam and The World from Italy have attracted a large and loyal following and he will undoubtedly be a festival highlight.

“Since we moved here more than 20 years ago, our family of four has developed a huge affection for not just the town but the entire valley... and not just its unbelievable natural beauty and its fascinating local characters but also its laid-back yet incredibly vibrant community life,” Mr Negus said.

“Now, having its own annual writer’s get-together is a perfect example of that vibrancy. As a reader and a writer, I’m really looking forward to being part of the festival.”

The inaugural Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival runs from April 8 to 10. Saturday and weekend passes include admission to the session with George Negus. Tickets and full program information are available through the festival website at

Other Australian authors featured at the festival include Robert Drewe, Michael Robotham, Debra Adelaide, Colin Thompson, Jon Bauer, Gregory Day, Chris Womersley, Dr Leslie Cannold, Steven Herrick and Sophie Masson.

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