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Bendigo Writers Festival is moving to May, and will be back better than ever in 2021.

In this 2020 transition year, Bendigo Writers Festival presents the Big Bookmark, a series of events across the May 8-10 weekend in and around The Capital on View Street. 

Our focus theme this year is “Cultivate”, to acknowledge Bendigo’s newly-bestowed status as a City of Gastronomy as well as our Festival’s commitment to cultivating all that makes life worthwhile. Good ideas, the enjoyment of sharing, the pleasures of reading, writing and discussion.  

The dates have changed, but the story continues. We look forward to welcoming brilliant writers to our beautiful city for a word-feast that will fill your hearts and minds.

The Big Bookmark program includes a 30-session series of events from 5pm on Friday 8 May, through to 9.15pm on Saturday 9 May, with sessions running concurrently in three venues at The Capital on View Street.

There are also satellite events, starting on Thursday 7 May, and including Friday lunch in Sutton Grange Winery, Sunday lunch in the new MacKenzie Quarters just off View Street, a Mother’s Day in Maldon afternoon event, and closing with an immersive film viewing in Bendigo’s Discovery Centre on Sunday evening.

You can book a ticket for every session and event at the Big Bookmark, by clicking buy tickets.  All sessions are listed in alphabetical order by title.

There is also the option to buy a Capital Theatre Pass, which will give you access to all ten sessions in the Capital Theatre auditorium only. This Pass is designed for those who plan to attend six or more sessions, to simplify the ticket-booking process.

All tickets are for general seating, except tickets for the Lunch at Sutton Grange Winery on Friday, and at MacKenzie Quarters on Sunday, which are allocated by table. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. This event is sold on behalf of the organisation responsible for presenting this event and is subject to the conditions applicable to that event and/or the venue where held.
  2. All sales are final. There is no refund or exchange on tickets except as provided for under the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice.
  3. The right is reserved to vary advertised programmes and to add, withdraw or substitute artists as necessary.
  4. The management reserves the right to refuse admission.
  5. Latecomers may not be admitted until there is a convenient break in the performance.
  6. The use of cameras or other recording devise and equipment constitutes a breach of copyright and is strictly forbidden.
  7. Patrons must ensure all electronic devices are switched off or to silent throughout the performance.
  8. Persons bearing a concession ticket must carry proof of entitlement.
  9. G.S.T. included where applicable.
The authorised ticket seller for this Events listed on this website is Gotix Ticketing Services managed by Capital Venues & Events, owned and operated by the City of Greater Bendigo. From time to time we may partner with ticketing agents with an allocation of tickets being made available for sale via the Promoter, Ticketek or Ticketmaster (excluding Ticketmaster Resale).
Please be aware that we have no obligation to honour tickets purchased via unauthorised re-sellers. If you attend one of our Events with a ticket purchased via an unauthorised re-seller such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or otherwise, you may be refused entry to the Event.