After weeks of locked-down brainstorming, planning and literary juggling, the BRWF Creative Team is excited to announce new digital iterations of select events originally planned for the canceled 2020 festival.
The upcoming virtual festival can be viewed either via ZOOM, Youtube or Facebook, with audiences encouraged to actively participate with comments, author queries and observations. Offerings include a mix of book launches by local and regional authors; a short story contest in conjunction with ‘I Love Bello Shire’ for kids, teens and adults; writer-focused presentations and workshops; headline author podcasts; and a mammoth two-evening Poetry Slam.
Straight out the gates is a presentation on 23rd May by Linda Nix on working with a professional editor. More than just fixing typos and misspellings, working alongside a professional editor can raise a written work from ‘ordinary’ to ‘brilliant’. Contact [email protected] to get a Zoom link to this free, interactive session. Linda will follow up this presentation with a workshop on editing your own work on 30th May (book your place at trybooking.com/BJNXM.
We are excited to be showcasing interviews with three independently published local authors who are launching their books in the digital festival. Conducted by Debbie Lee, senior manager of book distributor Ingram Lightning Source, these interviews will be uploaded to the festival Website, Facebook and Youtube. In the following days, audiences can meet virtually on facebook.com/BRWFest to chat live with the authors themselves.
* The first launch finds Debbie interviewing author/raconteur Jason John, winner of the 2019 Bellingen Poetry Slam and this year’s slam MC. On May 28th prepare to be entertained, confronted, uplifted, and jolted into a new way of thinking with his literary debut, I’m Not Racist But, I’ve Got a Racist Butt. Jason’s live Facebook event follows on 3rd June at 7.30 pm on the BRWF Facebook Page.
* Also on 3rd June, Debbie will interview Tim Cadman, research academic, environmental activist and author of The Changes, as they discuss the epic work involved in writing an epic. In Tim’s fictitious world, climate change acts as chief protagonist, while idiot presidents are breaking up the US, Europe is imploding, and a catastrophic viral outbreak is wreaking havoc. Tim’s live Facebook event is 7.30 pm on 12th June.
* Mid June sometime, it is Josie Robinson’s turn to be interviewed with her book called “Women in Black”.
In association with 2BBB FM, the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Programming Director, Adam Norris will present five original podcasts with headline authors who were scheduled for the 2020 Festival. Each podcast also includes backstage insights from BRWF luminaries, music, and performances from a selection of celebrated festival authors reading from their own work. Release dates for each episode will be unveiled on the BRWF Facebook page.
Of course, we are once again staging the piece de resistance for many loyal festival followers. The 2020 Virtual Bello Poetry Slam will be held live on Facebook over two evenings: 7-9 pm on Friday June 5th for Heat #1, and Saturday June 6th for Heat #2 and the finals. Hosted by 2019’s winner Jason Johns, this year’s slam features the very best that Bellingen, the Region and Australia has to offer. Each heat will also feature a special, non-competing feature poet to perform between sets. Between sets, on Friday, Hunter Wynn, or Boy Renaissance as they is known, from Coffs Harbour and winner of the 2018 Poetry Slam, will perform as a feature, non-competing poet and on Saturday there will be another surprise poet.
And, this year, there is a new twist to the judging:
Judges are normally plucked from a live audience. This year, anyone can be a judge! All you have to do is register at trybooking.com/BJNXC, and with the ticket price of $5 per night or $8 for both nights, and you will be issued an exclusive Zoom Room pass to view the talent and participate in the judging.
Successful slammers are in the running for a $400 first prize, and a $200 second prize.
We are proud and very excited to get the festival ball rolling once again. With plenty more events scheduled for the months ahead, be sure to check out our website and Facebook page regularly as we continue to unveil our digital phoenix, the 2020 Bellingen Readers & Writers Virtual Festival.
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