Bendigo Big Bookmark tickets now on sale

The Bendigo Writers Festival will this year be held in May, instead of August, and will be presented in a more compact format, under the name the Big Bookmark. The full festival will return in 2021.

Tickets to the Big Bookmark are now on sale via the Bendigo Writers Festival website.

The Big Bookmark starts on Thursday May 7 with a morning event at the Soldiers’ Memorial Institute Military Museum, and a lunch event at Sutton Grange Winery on Friday May 8, before the main program kicks off that evening.

On Saturday May 9, sessions will begin at 11am and run throughout the day in three venues within The Capital. 

Festival director Rosemary Sorensen said the Big Bookmark’s theme ‘Cultivate’, was the first in a three-year festival series, responding to Bendigo and the region’s new status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

“The move to May has made it possible for Bendigo Writers Festival to collaborate with Sydney Writers Festival on inviting international guests. This year, as well as Canadian journalist and First Nations storyteller Tanya Talaga, Bendigo will host the internationally acclaimed New York-based Irish writer, Colum McCann,” she said.

“Among the Australian writers on the program are controversial China-watcher Clive Hamilton, influential economist Ross Garnaut and winner of the PM’s Literary Award, Meredith Lake.

“It’s a great program with lots of interesting speakers and we are looking forward to running it in our new May timeslot.”

All program details, including the schedule and ticketing options, are available online at the Bendigo Writers Festival website,

The Bendigo Writers Festival Big Bookmark is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University Bendigo

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