A partnership between the City of Greater Bendigo council and La Trobe University, the Bendigo Writers Festival is a celebration of the written word. The full program was released last month, but if you haven’t had the chance to check it out (or if the news passed you by), we’re going to take a brief look here. Celebrating the careers of some of Australia’s most admired writers, highlights of the three-day event include opening night, where Blanche d’Alpuget, novelist and biographer of Bob Hawke, will give a talk about the influence of power. Another highlight is the Bendigo first appearance of the Australia Crime Writers Association. Here to announce the Ned Kelly Awards shortlist, the ACWA will also launch the new novel from Michael Robotham. The festival, which takes place across August 8, 9 & 10, is in its third year in 2014. Hit bendigowritersfestival.com.au/Home for more.