Our 8th festival
9-11 August 2019
This year, join us for a packed program with 150 speakers in 6-plus venues. Simultaneous sessions on each day make it easy for you to find something to suit your interests, with local, national and international writers across a very wide range of styles and topics. Find out more.
Wednesday May 8: pre-program announcements and Early Bird tickets on sale
Wednesday June 5: program released online and all tickets on sale
Friday June 14: print program released
Bookmark April 8
Kenan Malik on Diversity and the Welcoming City
What makes a city welcoming to residents and newcomers? And what does “diversity” actually mean? Kenan Malik cuts through the myths about diversity created by both left and right, so we can think more clearly and ethically about what kind of society we want to live in.
Kenan Malik is a British writer and broadcaster, and a columnist for the Observer. His latest book is The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics.
He will be in Australia as the keynote speaker at the Welcoming Cities conference in Brisbane, prior to this appearance in Bendigo, where he will be in conversation with Julie Rudner, from the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University, at 6pm, Monday 8 April.
Bookmark May 25
Penelope and Tansy Curtin’s sumptuous new book is an ode to both art and botany, tracing the relationship through the history of Australian art, one flower at a time. This Bendigo-based mother and daughter duo show the importance of floral fashions and forms, with beautiful depictions of everything from daisies to waratahs. Works by some of Australia’s most important and loved artists are featured, including Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, John Brack and Margaret Olley.
To celebrate the launch of this spectacular, meticulously researched book, Penelope and Tansy are joined by influential art critic Robert Nelson.
This is a Bendigo Writers Festival Bookmark event.