Our 8th festival

9-11 August 2019

Join us for a packed program with 150 speakers in 7-plus venues. Simultaneous sessions on each day make it easy to find something to suit your interests, with Australian and international writers talking on everything from poetry to politics. Find out more

Early Bird now open: Three-day passes and day passes at 10% discount, plus three keynote feature events pre-released for early booking.

Wednesday June 5: program released online and all tickets on sale

Friday June 14: print program released and distributed in Bendigo Weekly



Look who’s talking


The entire line-up will be available on June 5 but please do check here as we release names from our guest list

A C Grayling

British philosopher and commentator, AC Grayling has written more than 30 books on society and politics. Democracy and Its Crisis was written in response to the threats posed by the EU referendum in the UK and Trump’s victory in the USA.

Every year, we think it’s impossible to get a more interesting lineup of writers. And every year, we’re astonished and delighted when the program comes together with an extraordinarily diverse gathering of writers whose work has captured our hearts and minds.



Open all weekend, the Festival bookshop is located right next door to the Capital box office.

There’s also a pop-up bookshop in the foyer of Ulumbarra Theatre, and author signings take place in both locations following events.


Our comfortable venues

All our venues have excellent seating and the professional staff at the Capital ensure good sound. From small studio spaces, to big theatre auditoriums, the range ensures a variety of experiences for our audiences.


Programmed to please

Our audiences tell us they love the flexibility of our program, which enables them good access to as many sessions as they choose.

And we keep our ticket prices as low as possible, to make sure everyone has an opportunity to hear terrific talk about things that matter.


In with the new

We like to innovate too, to improve the festival for writers and readers, so in 2019 we’ll be using Mobile Phone technology for some Q&As, instead of the old-fashioned passing the microphone around.

Well organised and very friendly, this truly splendid festival is relaxing and stimulating at the same time. We look forward to this weekend as our favourite event in the year.
— Bendigo Writers Festival attendee feedback