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Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2016

The 2016 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival program has arrived!

Join us for eleven exciting days of workshops, author talks, panel discussions over 1-11 September. 
There is no cost to attend festival events. Bookings are limited and essential. Book online today!
Download the pdf 2016 Brimbank Writers Readers Festival Brochure (1014 KB)

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  • Susan Carland Web Image
    Clementine Ford Web Image
    Thursday 1 September, 6.30-8.30pm
    6.30pm Food and drinks, catered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
    7pm Dr Susan Carland & Clementine Ford In Conversation

    Join us for an evening with two of Australia’s most fascinating women, renowned for challenging sexism in the public sphere. Dr Susan Carland has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, and the modern Muslim experience. Clementine Ford is a writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life and is a regular contributor to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Susan and Clementine will be in conversation with Kate Larsen, Director of Writers Victoria.

    Brimbank Community & Civic Centre
    Level 1, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Bookings essential - book here

    This event is the official launch of the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival. $500 Bolinda Audio prize pack to be won on the night!
  • Jenny Green Web Image
    Friday 2 September, 2-3pm
    JM Green’s first novel Good Money introduces Stella Hardy, a wisecracking social worker with a thirst for social justice and a good laksa. Shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, it is followed by Too Easy, due for release February 2017. JM will be in conversation with Sisters in Crime co-convenor Jacqui Horwood.

    Deer Park Library
    4 Neale Road, Deer Park
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Panel FromThe Outer Web Image

    Saturday 3 September, 2.30-3.30pm
    A celebration of our great game, From​ the Outer brings together personal stories about Aussie Rules football from unexpected voices: those who are female, Indigenous or LGBTQI; those with a disability, a foreign accent, or even literary leanings. Join contributors Leila Gurruwiwi, Jason Tuazon-McCheyne and Alicia Sometimes in conversation with Sherryl Clark of Rotunda in the West.

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Arnold Zable Web Image
    Saturday 3 September, 4-5pm
    Discover the life of former boxer Henry Nissen, who spends his days supporting disaffected people of Melbourne’s streets. Biographer Arnold Zable explores Nissen’s colourful, touching and often tragic life in The Fighter and shares his research and process in this session. Join us for this special Local Libraries event as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Bruce Pasoce Web Image
    Sunday 4 September, 2-3.15pm
    Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man who grew up on a remote island in Bass Strait.  A prolific writer and the author of more than 20 books, Bruce’s most recent non-fiction book Dark Emu won the Book of the Year and Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Facilitated by the Moondani Balluk Centre, Victoria University.

    St Albans Library
    71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
    Bookings essential - book here
  • 100 Story Building Web Image
    Monday 5 September, 4-5pm
    Choose Your Own Adventure! Can’t decide what should happen in your story? Have too many ideas for the adventures of your hero? In this zine-making workshop you can send your character to many ends - and make your reader decide! For ages 8 and up.


    Deer Park Library
    4 Neale Road, Deer Park
    Bookings essential - book here
  • The Delamates Web Image

    Tuesday 6 September, 10am-12noon 
    Celebrate storytelling and share your creativity in a welcoming setting. Join the Delamates community group and add your own line to create a story in round robin style. Morning tea provided.

    Delahey Community Centre
    80 Copperfield Drive, Delahey
    Bookings essential - Tel: 9249 4900
  • Craig Castree Web Image

    Tuesday 6 September, 2-3pm
    Craig Castree is a qualified horticulturist and regular presenter on Channel 44’s Vasili’s Garden.  Craig will share tips from his book Edible Gardens: A Practical Guide, published in 2015. Participants will receive a native plant kindly donated by Bunnings.

    Sydenham Library
    1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Words and Pictures Web Image

    Tuesday 6 September, 4-5pm
    Gallery Sunshine Everywhere’s Words and Pictures project links pictures drawn by children from across the world with stories created by students in local schools. The project has connected local schools with Eritrea, India, China and Sri Lanka, as well as with the Tamil community in Brimbank.

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    No bookings required
  • Tony Birch Web Image BWRFPaul Bateman Web Image

    Tuesday 6 September, 6.30-8pm
    Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Blood which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His latest novel Ghost River was published in October 2015. His fiction and nonfiction has been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, and he is currently the inaugural Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow within the Moondani Balluk Centre at Victoria University. Tony will be in conversation with writer and journalist Paul Bateman. Door prize kindly donated by James Bennett.

    The Granary Café
    2 Devonshire Road, Sunshine
    6.30pm for meals. 7pm for In Conversation.
    Bookings essential. For dinner and event bookings - Tel: 9310 1008
  • Literary Trivia Web Image

    Wednesday 7 September, 10.30am-12.30pm
    Do you know your Enid Blyton from your Beatrix Potter? Have fun and test your knowledge, with lots of prizes to be won! Join a group on the day or form a team with your friends. Morning tea provided.

    Westvale Community Centre
    45 Kings Road, St Albans
    Bookings essential - Tel: 9249 4665
  • Burmese Storytime Web Image

    Wednesday 7 September, 2-2.30pm
    Come along to this special storytime session in Burmese at the Sunshine Library. Learn through story, songs and rhyme. All welcome.

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    No bookings required
  • Greg Fleet Web Image BWRF
    Roz Hammond Web Image

    Wednesday 7 September, 6.30-7.30pm
    For 30 years, Greg Fleet has been one of Australia’s most widely known and best loved comedians.  For the same period, he’s had a drug habit that has delivered him comedy and tragedy in equal parts. Hilarious and heartbreaking, Fleet’s memoir These Things Happen has been nominated for the National Biography Award 2016, Booktopia’s Book of the Year 2015, 2016 Australian Book Industry Award, the Colin Roderick Award, and the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Greg will be in conversation with actor, Roz Hammond (Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, The Librarians). 

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Bernard Caleo Web Image

    Thursday 8 September, 4-5pm
    Comic Book Power! Creating characters and throwing them into amazing situations: that’s the secret of comics. Come along to this workshop and make your own comic book with Bernard Caleo. For ages 8 and up.

    Sydenham Library
    1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Tariro Mavondo Web Image

    Thursday 8 September, 5-6pm
    Tariro Mavondo is a multi-disciplinary storyteller and a state and national Australian Poetry Slam finalist. In this workshop Tariro will incorporate performance elements of music, song and dance.

    Visy Cares Hub
    80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Maria Katsonis Web Image

    Thursday 8 September, 6.30-7.30pm
    Maria Katsonis is the author of The Good Greek Girl, a memoir about her experience of mental illness and rebellion against a traditional Greek upbringing. A vocal mental health advocate, Maria is a beyondblue ambassador and a consumer representative with Mental Health Australia.

    St Albans Library
    71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Hong Anh Nguyen Web Image

    Friday 9 September, 2-3pm
    Hong-Anh Nguyen is a Vietnamese singer-songwriter and editor of the TiVi Tuan-san newspaper. Hong-Anh will talk about his writing and perform songs in Vietnamese and English. Afternoon tea provided.

    St Albans Library
    71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Spoken Word Web Image

    Friday 9 September, 4.00-6.30pm
    Young people take on the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival. Come and showcase your writing talents in a poetry, songwriting and spoken word slam! Build industry connections! Win prizes! For ages 12-25.

    Visy Cares Hub, Auditorium
    80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
    Registration on arrival at 4pm
    Slam starts at 4.30pm
    For more information Tel: 9249 4199
  • Panel From Writing from theWest Image

    Saturday 10 September, 11am-12noon
    Join emerging writers, Ennis Cehic, James Robertson-Hirst and Claire Rosslyn Wilson as they discuss the stories and voices unfolding in Melbourne’s west. In this session you’ll hear some of their latest work, followed by a discussion on what makes the west so special for literature. Facilitated by Alia Gabres of Footscray Community Arts Centre.

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Sofie Laguna Web Image

    Saturday 10 September, 1-4pm
    Focus on different ways to create compelling and original characters with engaging stories to tell. Use brainstorming exercises together to create a character and their world. Learn the answers to the challenges of plot, tone, structure and style that often lie in the knowledge of a character. Presented in association with Writers Victoria and supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

    Sunshine Library
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Bookings limited - book here
  • Fikret Pajalic Web Image

    Saturday 10 September, 1-2pm
    Join us to launch Brimbank local, Fikret Pajalic’s chapbook, featuring two stories about the experiences of Bosnian refugees living in Brimbank. The stories share a different side of Australia, divided along ethnic, generational and educational lines; lines that in reality are thin and easily traversed.

    Deer Park Library
    4 Neale Street, Deer Park
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Fathers from the Edge Web Image

    Saturday 10 September, 2.30-3.30pm
    Fathers from the Edge is a collection of short stories by Greek-Australian writers reflecting on their relationship with their fathers, curated by Helen Nickas.  Facilitated by Natalie Cunningham, writer Olympia Panagiotopoulos will read from her story ‘My Kiss Goodnight’.

    Deer Park Library
    4 Neale Street, Deer Park
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Panel Participatory Storytelling Web Image
    Saturday 10 September, 2-3.30pm
    Not all stories start at A and finish at B. Some stories let their readers choose how they turn out. And some don’t even exist until their audience plays them into being! This panel will feature creators from different forms of participatory storytelling: Wade Dyer (tabletop role playing), Phill Krins (live action role playing), and Felicity Banks (interactive fiction). Moderated by Brimbank Librarian, Philip Minchin.

    Sydenham Library
    1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
    Bookings essential - book here
  • Western Creation Web Image
    Sunday 11 September, 1-2pm
    Listen to traditional dreamtime storytelling with members of the Noongar tribe and Bibbulman clan, surrounded by the trees of Lagoon Reserve. In case of wet weather, session will be held at Keilor Village Library.

    Lagoon Reserve
    Old Calder Highway, Keilor
    No bookings required
  • Pop Up Library Web Image
    Friday 1 September - Sunday 11 September
    Swap, share and discover! Take a book home with you from this year’s pop-up library. Open for the duration of the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival.

    Sydenham Neighbourhood House
    Level 1, 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
    No bookings required
  • Gallery Sunshine Everywhere Web Image

    Friday 1 September - Sunday 11 September
    Artwork by students of Our Lady’s Primary School in Sunshine on display for the duration of the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival.

    Granary Café
    2 Devonshire Road, Sunshine
    No bookings required

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