Hello all. Literary Festivals Australia is having a break until February 2016. See you in the new year. Kev Parker
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Wollongong Writers Festival
When? 18-29th November, 2015
Where? University of Wollongong, NSW
Back for it’s Third year, Wollongong Writers Festival is set to take a new twist and flavour to the creative community.Festival Director Chloe Higgins spoke about what some of the interesting dynamics taken by the festival this year are. “This year’s program is spread over two weeks (Nov 18-29). The core program (Nov 28 & 29) focuses on ideas-based events and established artists and will be held at Wollongong Art Gallery. The surrounding events, a great mix of experimental and emerging events and artists will be held all over town —at Jane’s, Dicey Riley’s, Three Chimneys and Art Arena.”
One of the highlights for the festival this year is the Polling Booth Slam, which will be held Wednesday November 18. The Slam will see an interesting take on Politics and its delivery with a fusion of art and political issues. Local politicians will be paired up with performance poets, who together will work collaboratively to delve into new ideas. Nothing is off limits- from the personal to the political and everything in between. Some of the dynamic duos to hit the Polling Booth Slam stage include: Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery, teamed with local performance poet Elliot Cameron; Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Chris Conner, with Emily Crocker; and Councillor David Brown partnered with Kate Pimblett. With an array of other collaborations, the Polling Booth Slam will be an event not to miss.
Apart from the Slam there is a variety of other events being featured at the festival, which provide a great outlook into the different ways writing can influence, effect or touch a community.
“This year’s line up is a great mix of innovative events with a balance of emerging and established artists. We’re partnering with Unity Wollongong for our Queer Speak event, exploring subversive narratives and the genres of Indigenous Australia in a UOW-partnered panel. We’re pushing the boundaries of what counts as literary events” Higgins expressed.