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Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival

The 2017 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival program has begun!
Brimbank City Council, with support from its sponsors, is delighted to present the 2017 program , which includes partnered events with Writers Victoria, Moondani Balluk, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Rotunda in the West, 100 Story Building, and local writers, schools and community groups.

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Bookings are limited and essential. Book online today!
There is no charge to attend festival events.

For further information:
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 BWRF Comic Workshop with Squishface Studio
Thursday 16 November, 4-5pm

Want to create a comic? Draw your own characters? Come along to our fun and dynamic workshop run by Ben from Squishface Studio. For kids aged 8-14 years, of any skill level.

Sydenham Library
1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes

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BWRF More Languages, More Benefits: Raising Children in More than One Language
Friday 17 November, 11am-1pm Sorry, this event has booked out!

Why is it important to speak to your children in your first language? What are the benefits and challenges? Get some ideas on raising children in multilingual homes from Professor John Hajek, University of Melbourne.

Join us at 11am to launch the Matu Chin book Very Big, created in partnership with community members, RUMACCC University of Melbourne and VICSEG New Futures. Refreshments provided. Seminar commences 11.30am.

Child care available. Vietnamese interpreter provided.

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Sunshine Library
301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

BWRF Common Ground Spoken Word Poetry
Friday 17 November, 6.30-9pm

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents a night of storytelling, vulnerability and strength to conclude the 2017 Common Ground spoken word poetry workshop series. Young people from diverse backgrounds will cover themes of identity, faith and belonging. With special appearances from Manal Younus and Nour Abouzeid.

St Albans Community Centre
Princess Street, St Albans

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 Writers of the West Panel Discussion
Saturday 18 November, 2-3pm

Join local authors Simon J. Green, Phelon Manski and Paul Mitchell as they discuss their creative lives and methods, the road to getting published and how the western suburbs influence their work. Facilitated by award-winning local author, Amra Pajalic.

Sunshine Library
301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

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Past Events


An Evening with Craig Reucassel
Thursday 9 November, 6-8.15pm

Drinks available at bar prices from 5.45pm

Craig Reucassel is a writer and comedian, best known for his work with satirical comedy group The Chaser. Over the years Craig has appeared in a swathe of television programs including CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything and The Hamster Wheel. Earlier this year Craig presented the ABC’s popular War on Waste series, exploring Australia’s alarming generation of waste, and how we all can do a little better. Craig will be in conversation with writer and freelance journalist, Paul Bateman.

This event is the official launch of the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival. $1000 Bolinda Audio prize pack to be won on the night as well as reusable items to help you reduce your waste!

The Bowery Theatre, St Albans Community Centre
Princess Street, St Albans

BWRF Writing for The Stage with Peta Murray
Friday 10 November, 6.30-9pm

Join playwright, dramaturg and director, Peta Murray for an evening of storytelling and playwriting. Start with the basics of the craft, consider the unique nature of performance, and undertake the playwright’s process as ideas seek concrete form.

St Albans Community Centre, Meeting Room 2
Princess Street, St Albans


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So You’ve Got an Idea for a Book… Now What?
Saturday 11 November, 10.30am-12noon

You have an idea for a book… how do you start? Should you self-publish? Approach agents? Or go straight to publishers? These questions and more about fiction, non-fiction and poetry will be answered by Death By Dim Sim author, Sarah Vincent. Presented in association with Writers Victoria.

One year’s membership to Writers Victoria to be won on the day!

Hunt Club Community and Arts Centre
775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park

BWRFBWRF The Romance of Writing
Saturday 11 November, 1.30-2.30pm

Why do so many people love to write and read romance? This discussion will examine the popularity of romance fiction, how to reach readers, and the writing life of authors Lisa Ireland and Sally Hepworth. Facilitated by Sherryl Clark of Rotunda in the West.

Keilor Library
704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor

BWRF Early Harvest Issue Six Launch
Saturday 11 November, 2-4pm

In 2017, the young editors of Early Harvest hit the beat in Brimbank and uncovered many a crime and murder mystery lurking in local schools. Join them as they launch issue six of Early Harvest, a magazine for and by children. Published by 100 Story Building.

The Bowery Theatre, St Albans Community Centre
Princess Street, St Albans

BWRFBWRF Ellen van Neerven & Kat Clarke In Conversation with Paola Balla
Sunday 12 November, 2-3.15pm

Ellen van Neerven belongs to the Mununjali people of South East Queensland. She is the author of the award-winning short story collection Heat and Light and the poetry collection Comfort Food. Kat Clarke is a proud Wotjobaluk woman of the Wimmera region. She is a writer, cultural consultant and performance poet living in Sunshine. Ellen and Kat will be in conversation with Paola Balla of Moondani Balluk Academic Unit, Victoria University.

Sunshine Library
301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

BWRF Sahitik Shaam
A Poetic Afternoon

Sunday 12 November, 2-5pm

Join emerging and established poets and writers from the Indian subcontinent as they share their work on an open stage platform. Presented in association with the Oorja Foundation.

St Albans Community Centre
Princess Street, St Albans

BWRF Sina ma lana Tuna
The Legend of Sina and the Eel
Monday 13 November, 11.15am-12.15pm

Come along to this special storytime session to hear about the origins of the coconut in Samoan mythology. Touch and taste the coconut as the story is narrated by teachers from the Polynesian Kids Community Language School.

Deer Park Library
4 Neale Road, Deer Park

BWRF Wurundjeri Story Walk
Tuesday 14 November, 10.15am-12noon

Aboriginal people have been sharing their stories for tens of thousands of years. Walk with Uncle Bill Nicholson through Brimbank Park and learn about the sites of cultural significance for Wurundjeri People. Enjoy a morning tea before the walk.

Meet at Brownstone Café, Brimbank Park
Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East

BWRF Poem to Music
Tuesday 14 November, 2-3pm

Learn how to turn poetry into music with Dang Thao of the Centre for Studies of Vietnamese Traditional Music-Australia, and Thuy Dang of Australian Vietnamese Arts (AVA). This Vietnamese songwriting workshop will include a traditional dance activity by the AVA dance group.

St Albans Library
71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
BWRFBWRF Julian Burnside In Conversation with Alice Pung                            
Wednesday 15 November, 6-8pm

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author. He has published a children’s book, Matilda and the Dragon, as well as Wordwatching, a collection of essays on the uses and abuses of the English language. His latest book, Watching Out: reflections on justice and injustice, was published in July this year. He is the former President of Liberty Victoria and in 2004 was elected as a National Living Treasure. Julian will be in conversation with award-winning writer, journalist and essayist, Alice Pung.

This event is supported by the Brimbank Social Justice Coalition. Light refreshments from 6pm. $400 James Bennett prize pack of books to be won on the night!

Brimbank Community & Civic Centre, Level 6
301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

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