Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2016
It’s a Wrap!
The 2016 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival has finished for another year after a fabulous 11 days of workshops, author talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, storytelling and more.
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"Fantastic forum; even better that it is happening in Sunshine."
"Inspirational & eye opening. Guest speakers & hosts are phenomenal."
"Fantastic - 3 very intelligent & articulate women discussing feminism - very informative & entertaining."
- Bruce Pascoe spoke with Karen Jackson, Director of Victoria University's Moondani Balluk centre, about his award winning book Dark Emu, racism and hope, to a booked out audience at St Albans Library.
"Great benefit to the community when space and time is created for people to come together."
"Very informative & inspiring about our first peoples' heritage."
"Excellent speaker, great information. Great community event."
- "It was awesome and great! And really, really fun! It made me very happy!"
"I think this event was awesome because it was fun and Bernard was crazy!!"
"I think this was funny and EPIC."
- Author and Academic Tony Birch shared stories of growing up in inner city Melbourne and many insights on the process of writing, and how his characters have grown through his writings, making the leap from his short stories to his full length novels.
"Fantastic, brilliant conversation. Tony Birch was open, honest & fascinating. Great interviews."
"Tony Birch has an amazing personal story to tell."
"It was fantastic! Well interviewed & very interesting."
- "It is really honest sharing about what it means to be a writer & what happens to change the author too."
"It was very interesting & a lot more intimate than the other MWF events."
"Melbourne Writers festival 2016: My highlight was the public conversation on 'The Fighter' and the art of story I had with Michael McGirr in Sunshine library, in the western suburbs. It drew a different kind of audience. A young Bangladeshi man came with my novel 'Café Scheherazade' in hand, and said he had read it several times and that it resonated with his experience. He asked me permission to translate it into the Bengali language so he can share it with friends. An Ethiopian community elder attended the talk and asked probing questions about the language of silence, and the limits of words in expressing refugee trauma. He understood it deeply from lived experience. There are great things happening in Sunshine—the new library is a meeting place. It is conducive to conversations across cultures. As we talked, the audience had a clear view through large windows of the shopping plaza and surrounding streets. There was clarity and light. Yet again I was reminded of what is best about literature and the arts—story is the art of the specific. We can only tell or write one story at a time, but in being faithful to the details of that story, we mirror many lives. At best we cross cultural boundaries, and come to appreciate both the differences, and what we share in common. Also reminded me that there are a lot of unsung heroes in many suburbs, from many walks of life— librarians, community activists, teachers, volunteers, who are creating harmonious communities based on an understanding of the riches that come from diversity and difference—and the unity that comes from creating spaces where we can come together and discover the unexpected symmetries that transcend our differences." – Arnold Zable
- Author Maria Katsonis talked about her experience of mental illness and shared her journey of what led her to write about her breakdown and how she deals with mental health.
“It was really honest and entertaining. Finally mental illness was presented correctly.”
“Loved her honesty, laughter & engaging nature.”
“Moving, touching, enriching! Thank you for your courage.”
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