Word for Word National Non Fiction Festival

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Word for Word National Non Fiction Festival

The countdown is on for the second annual, and largest national event showcasing non-fiction writing, Word for Word Festival in Geelong. Held on September 11-13 the festival will be a weekend filled with ideas, discussion and debate on various subjects from sex to biographies. Creative producer Maryanne Vagg said this year’s “gutsy” program is all about exploring the big issues and tough topics.
Helping deliver the diverse subject matter, and no doubt thought-provoking discussion, will be more than 70 intriguing guest speakers, including playwright Hannie Rayson, award-winning journalist Latika Bourke, archaeologist Adam Ford, model Nicky Buckley, television legend Mal Leyland and many more.
A highlight for the festival comes in the opening night celebrations on September 10 with a keynote address by Professor Tim Flannery as he talks about his latest book Atmosphere of Hope. A chance to meet your favourite author or presenter will come with the special, intimate ‘BackStory’ Salon Event on September 12 where you’ll discuss the finer details of life over some gourmet finger food and a glass of wine. Talk about indulging your stomach and mind at the same time.
For those who are aspiring to a career in non-fiction writing, various workshops will be held on September 11 covering such topics as the non-fiction essentials, blending fiction and fact, finding your narrative voice and the art of the biography. This could be the knowledge and inspiration in your career you’ve been waiting for.
Two free forums will also run at the festival, the first ‘Home to Home’ a discussion with the Summer Foundation’s Tom Worsnop on young people in nursing homes. The second ‘Finding a Voice Through the Arts’.
‘Finding a Voice Through the Arts’ is dedicated to the memory of Ralph McLean, a man who lived and breathed the arts, politics and equality. He was known for creating opportunities for others and for pushing the boundaries. He was a man of action in the arts and the forum discusses just that. Panellists helping fuel the discussion will be musician Dave Mason (The Reels), comedian and author Sue-Ann Post, musician and producer, Brendan Gallagher and author/politician, Phil Cleary. The event is free and will be hosted by broadcaster Derek Guille.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.wordforwordfestival.com.au.
Dave Mason pictured.
When & Where: Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront – September 11-13