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Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival: 17 - 26 June 2021

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival (BWRF) is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, and promotes lifelong learning in Brimbank. There is no charge to attend the ten day program of workshops, author talks, panel discussions, writing, storytelling and more.

Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2021 is online now!

Thursday 17 June - Saturday 26 June 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is on from Thursday 17 – Saturday 26 June, and features most of our original line-up. The decision to move the festival online was taken following the recent circuit breaker lockdown. And now that you can keep warm for winter and tune in from home, it's a great time to revisit the program below and book a few more of these sensational sessions.

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, and promotes lifelong learning. 

Brimbank City Council has partnered with a range of internal and external stakeholders to plan and deliver a diverse and exciting festival. There is no charge to attend events. We are delighted to present the 2021 program, and hope you enjoy it! Check out the printable program if you'd prefer a physical copy.

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The 2021 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is proudly presented by Brimbank City Council with support from principal sponsor Victoria University Polytechnic.

2021 Program of Events 

Uncle Jack CharlesUncle Jack Charles in Conversation with Paul Bateman
Thursday 17 June, 6.30-8pm

Join us for an evening with one of Australia’s most treasured actors, author and Aboriginal Elder Uncle Jack Charles, in conversation with journalist and writer Paul Bateman. This event will be streamed live on the Brimbank Libraries YouTube Channel at 6.30pm Thursday 17 June. Learn More

Richard HoltSunshine in Winter - Microfiction Competition with Richard Holt
Monday 17 May – Thursday 17 June
Are you a writer who lives, works, studies or plays in Brimbank? Would you like to be? We would love to read and celebrate your work! Submit a piece of microfiction (up to 200 words) and be in to win! Learn More

BWRF2021 Web Ready Socials Tiles 450x4505 DanTadpoles Looking for Mama 小蝌蚪找妈妈 with Dan Wei

Postponed: new date TBA - Online

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Tadpoles Looking for Mama event scheduled for Saturday, 19 June at 4pm at the Bowery Theatre has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for an online performance and we will inform you of the date for this and the link as soon as we can. Anyone that has booked to attend the live performance will be invited to attend the online event.

South Sudanese Manhood and Family Crisis in the Diaspora with Akuch Anyieth
Akuch Anyieth

Friday 18 June, 6pm
Join author, graduate researcher and PhD candidate Akuch Anyieth, for a discussion on her new book about the issues facing South Sudanese families in the diaspora. Book Here


Craig CastreeSelf-Sufficient Living with Craig Castree
Saturday 19 June, 10-11.30am

Join veteran horticulturalist and self-sufficiency author, Craig Castree, as he chats about his two new books Plant Profiles and A Simple Urban Life. Book Here


Marcia FergusonTelling Community Stories Through Art with Marcia Ferguson and Panel
Saturday 19 June, 3–4pm
Hear local artists Jennifer Tran, Katherine Gailer and Jessica Wilson discuss how conversation, story-telling, and the sharing of identities, shapes and informs their artworks, in this panel discussion facilitated by Marcia Ferguson: creative producer, speaker, mentor and teacher. Book Here

Below The Surface – When Black Meets White with Lydia Tesema and Panel
Lydia Tesema
20 June, 3-4pm
The second magazine from ‘Below the Surface’, When Black Meets White explored identity, race-relations and lived experiences at the height of the Black Lives Matter movements. Join us for a thought provoking panel discussion facilitated by Lydia Tesema with young Melbourne writers and creatives, Ivy Mutuku, Noah DaCosta, Winniy Manyang and Abdul Yusuf. Book Here

Phuoc-Ly TrinhMột truyện mỗi ngày lớp dạy viết truyện Việt cho những người mới bắt đầu
Postponed: new date TBA
Tham gia văn sĩ địa phương Trịnh PHƯỚC-LÝ học cách đặt mỗi ngày của đời quί vị vào một truyện ngắn. 

Queer Writing Workshop: Life Stories & Rainbow Collections with Sam Elkin
Sam Elkin

Tuesday 22 June, 5.30-7.30pm
Everybody has an interesting story to tell, so why not tell yours? Join writer and radio maker, Sam Elkin for an engaging workshop to discuss the fundamentals of life writing, gain tips to access your memories and bring the details of your experiences to life. Book Here

John TaitAstonishing Rock Trivia with John Tait
Wednesday 23 June, 6.30-7.30pm

From Boomers to Hipsters this interactive author talk has something for every music lover! Book Here


Scott StuartEmpowering Our Children, Exactly As They Are with Scott Stuart
Thursday 24 June, 6.30-7.30pm

Join bestselling children’s author Scott Stuart for a fascinating talk on writing, his work, and how he became an award nominated writer. Book Here

Natalie Kon-YuHow To Get Your Work Published with Natalie Kon-Yu, Enza Gandolfo & Sherryl Clark
Thursday 24 June, 6.30-7.30pm
Not sure how to go about getting your work published? Join Natalie Kon-Yu and guests for a lively and informative discussion about writing courses and groups, competitions, agents and publishing. Book Here

The Bold SourceThe Bold Source: Issue 2 Launch
Friday 25 June, 4-6pm
The Bold Source magazine is back again with its second issue, this time on transformation and metamorphosis. Join us as we explore how transformative the last year has been for young people. Book Here

BWRF2021 Web Ready Socials Tiles 450x45020 MicrofictionSunshine in Winter - Microfiction Competition Awards Ceremony
Friday 25 June, 6.30-7.30pm
Join Brimbank Library staff for an online awards ceremony and celebration of local talent where we'll announce the winners of the 'Sunshine in Winter Microfiction Competition' and read aloud some of the outstanding entries. Book Here

Lily NguyenRiding the COVID-19 Wave in Brimbank: Make Your Own Comics with Lily Nguyen
Saturday 26 June, 1.30-2.30pm
Join Riding the COVID-19 Wave in Brimbank contributor and local artist Lily Nguyen for this hands-on workshop about telling stories through cartooning. Book Here

Julianne NegriLost Words with Julianne Negri
Saturday 26 June, 2-3pm
Do you know what a ‘throttlebottom’ is? A ‘snollygoster’? Join The Secret Library of Hummingbird House author Julianne Negri for a writing and wordplay workshop, and celebrate the joy of words lost and found. Book Here

Jim McIntyreBook Chat with Jim McIntyre
Saturday 26 June, 3-4pm
Join us for a special session of our monthly Book Chat with guest author Jim McIntyre. Jim’s debut novel Nikolai the Perfect was published in February this year and was runner-up (to Jane Harper for The Dry), in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript. Book Here

Riding the Covid Wave BookRiding the COVID-19 Wave in Brimbank: Book Launch
Saturday 26 June, 3-4pm
Join us for the book launch of Riding the COVID-19 Wave in Brimbank, a community project to document the pandemic in the local area. Book Here




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