2018 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival


Get your pens poised and clear your calendar from 8-17 November for the 10 day program of events at the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival.

The festival’s program spans panel discussions, facilitated sessions with authors, workshops, poetry, story-telling, reading circles, language, literary trivia, art and performance.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council is proud to present the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, a much loved annual event which the community look forward to each year.

“This year’s program offers something for everyone. It’s a marvellous cross section of broad reaching, relevant and thought provoking subjects, as well as some very appealing and fun events.

“I think the program is representative of Brimbank’s diverse, integrated and inclusive community with a common theme that crosses multiculturalism, identity and belonging.

“With more than 46 percent of our residents born overseas, Brimbank is all the richer for the diversity these cultures bring and the Writers and Readers Festival captures and celebrates that richness, along with its inherent creativity,” Cr Giudice said.

Opening event

The opening event this year, Celebrating Migrant Voices, features well known authors and will be facilitated by Melanie Cheng, author of Australia Day, on Thursday night 8 November at Sunshine Library.

In conversation with Melanie, includes author Para Paheer, who fled the Sri Lankan War and undertook the dangerous journey to Australia in a fishing boat that sank in the Indian Ocean; Enza Gandolfo writes about women, migrants and the working class including her book The Bridge; and Abdi Aden has written a memoir about his experience as a refugee from Mogadishu.

There are 19 events across the festival, which include highlights as follows:

  • Storytelling, our voice, our words on writing disability featuring Carly Findlay and Jax Jacki Brown
  • In Conversation with Jacqui Watkins hosted by Lisa Maza
  • True Crime – the deaths are in the details
  • Wurundjeri Story Walk (a walk with Uncle Bill Nicholson)

Events for All Ages

Events have been planned for all ages and include two youth events, Drop the Mic, a workshop on writing spoken word and rap, with performances from African artists Tenda McFly and P-unique, as well as Poetic Licence Residency; poetry, rap, freestyle and song performances developed in collaboration with comedian Rod Quantock and speed rapper, Kevin Nugara.

“Now in its 14th year, Council is thrilled to bring the festival to Brimbank again. We hope the community enjoys the program’s offerings, and most of all that it inspires or deepens a love for reading, literature and lifelong learning,” Cr Giudice said.

There is no charge to attend festival events, but bookings are essential.

For bookings and to see what’s on, please visit Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, email or call 9249 4181.

The 2018 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival is proudly presented by Brimbank City Council, with support from Principal Sponsor Victoria University Polytechnic.