Lisa Wilkinson added to Bendigo Writers Festival program

The City of Greater Bendigo is thrilled to announce high-profile media personality Lisa Wilkinson is coming to the Bendigo Writers Festival.

Wilkinson will be a feature of the festival’s program on Saturday May 14, when she will appear at 9am in the Capital Theatre in a special conversation with Manager Bendigo Venues and Events Julie Amos.

Wilkinson is co-host of Network Ten’s The Project and has recently published her best-selling memoir It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This.

The addition of Wilkinson to the Bendigo Writers Festival line-up was made possible when the Federal election was called for May 21, meaning she was able to come to Bendigo.

Ms Amos said she was delighted to welcome Wilkinson to Bendigo.

“We just kept hoping that Lisa would be able to join us for what promises to be a fantastic festival this year,” she said.

“Lisa is a household name and one of Australia’s most respected and recognised journalists, who has had a remarkable media career over more than four decades.

“At 21 she was the youngest-ever editor to lead a national magazine, Dolly, and was then editor of Cleo magazine for 10 years before making the leap to television.

“More recently, she has stood up to the media industry on the gender pay gap and broken the Brittany Higgins story, sparking a national conversation about workplace culture in Australia’s Parliament.

“This year Lisa interviewed Priscilla Presley, who was in Bendigo to officially open the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, so we also look forward to showing her the exhibition while she is in town.”

Another addition to the festival program and with a special connection to Bendigo is a celebratory reception to be hosted by the Myer Family in honour of an amazing new biography about Merlyn Baillieu Myer, wife of Myer founder Sidney Myer.

The event will take place at 6pm on Friday May 13 at Ulumbarra Theatre and feature author Michael Shmith discussing his book Merlyn: The Life of Merlyn Baillieu Myer with Ulumbarra Foundation Chair Carolyn Stanford.

The reception will take place prior to the Friday night feature event in Ulumbarra Theatre, which this year focuses on the festival theme ‘Flourish’. Author and former ABC presenter Jon Faine will host Eliza Hull, Thomas Mayor, Hannah Moloney and Norman Swan to talk about “What it takes to flourish”.

Information and tickets are available on the festival website or at the Box Office, 50 View Street Bendigo, (03) 5434 6100.


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