‘About Our Place’ – Bendigo Writers Festival Grand Finale 2014

Central Victorian writers, story-performers and poets are invited this Sunday night at the Bendigo Writers Festival to an event called ‘About Our Place.’ It is sponsored by Bendigo TAFE writing program and will be run by writer and poet Neil Boyack. The event will be in place of the poetry slam event held previously and will be similar in structure (though non-competitive and stories will be welcomed). Recite/perform for 3 minutes (max) a story or a poem about anything related to Central Victoria – hence the ‘my place’ theme. Locals and others wishing to participate will congregate at the event (at festival’s end) to celebrate, share thoughts and catch-up with friends.

Where: The Capital, in the Hub, View St., Bendigo

When: Sunday 10 Aug. Register after 3.45; Perform 4-5pm

Words in Winter: Writing your story

Writing your story: Finding Hidden Treasure – is part of the Words in Winter Writing Festival program.

Carmel Bird and Dr Sally Berridge will discuss their own personal writing as well as how one writes one’s own story. Tips, advice and anecdotes will be shared! There will be a Q and A session and open mike.

Cost: $5 & $2

When: 8 pm Wed 14th August.

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts, Castlemaine).

Newstead Short Story Tattoo

Newstead Short Story Tattoo, on again in May, is storytelling in a multitude of forms. Events include Survival Stories, Horror Stories, Earth Stories, Sticky Stories, Sisters Salon, Scripted Stories and Nano Narratives (children’s stories read by children) as well as the signature outdoor, surround sound, storytelling extravaganza Fire Stories. ‘Stralian Stories is also an event which will be held at Clunes Booktown.

Writers/speakers include: Rohan Anderson, Cate Kennedy, Courtney Collins, Josephine Rowe, Amy Espeseth, Jordie Albiston, Frank Golding, Dr Fred Cahir, Leonie Stevens, Carmel Bird, Klare Larson, Klare Larson, Eric Dando, Neil Boyack, Abraham Mamer, Rachel Riak, Adib Khan, Emmi Scherlies, Tru Dowling, Megan Anderson, Geoff Brown, Lucy Sussex, Aaron Goldberg, Greg MaCainsh, Kate Hood, Andrew McKenna and an open mic at most events.

There are also musicians: Archer Shepherd, who’ll be playing the Tex Morton Story; Melbourne’s international tech-rockers Black Cab, David Thrussell, Lucy Roleff and Phil Mac telling of life on the road; followed by Andrew Till, his Pioneer mixer and stories through his music library. Der Kommisar is DJ of Zombie-Goth-80s disco at the Opening Night party.

Where: Various venues in Newstead. Print off program and all details on website www.newsteadtattoo.org

When: 3/4/5 May 2013

Cost: Entry to all events is by donation

Contact: Neil Boyack 0409685621; email via www.neilboyack.com