• Bendigo Writers Festival


Join us in Bendigo for a three days festival with more than 100 writers for discussions about every kind of writing under the sun. 

The Bendigo Writers Festival will take place from Friday 12 May 2022 - Sunday 15 May 2022, with a program for schools on Thursday 6 May 2021.The festival is a 3-day multi-venue program and invites everyone to the Central Victorian region to experience a friendly, exuberant and tempting program for young and old. 

This years theme is Flourish. An optimistic, energetic and blooming good program.

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We are thrilled to announce Lisa Wilkinson is coming to the Bendigo Writers Festival. 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. 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.

The bold program will cover all kinds of conversations about what it takes to get the best out of life. Headlining the program is Eat Pray Love bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert who will beam in to the Ulumbarra Theatre from New York on Saturday May 14 at 10.30am. The acclaimed writer will talk to Bendigo host Claire Flanagan-Smith about creativity, spirituality and her latest book City of Girls.

Other international speakers include West Indies cricketing legend and sports commentator Michael Holding who will be taking part in a live stream on Sunday May 15 at 10.30am. The cricketer has played 60 tests for the West Indies between 1975 and 1987. He will talk about his powerful book, Why We Kneel, How We Rise, which was the 2021 sports book of the year.

Most of the events are live and in-person at Bendigo’s world class theatre facilities in the heart of the city centre, with writers such as gourmet farmer Matthew Evans, First Nations advocate Thomas Mayor, medical expert and broadcaster Norman Swan, former politician Julia Banks and essayist Charlotte Wood.

Bendigo Writers Festival is an initiative of Bendigo Venues & Events, a unit of the City of Greater Bendigo, and is supported by La Trobe University and Bendigo Tourism.

View Street
Bendigo 3550

12 May 22 - 15 May 22