Archive for April 2014

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Help promote our inaugural Batemans Bay Writers Festival by joining in the conversation with the Festival’s social media platforms – our Facebook page and the blog component of our website.

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You can find this page by

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  • Finding the Facebook feed on the right hand side of most pages on our website.
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If you are a member of Facebook you can make this page a dynamic one by liking, commenting and sharing. The more ‘likes, ‘comments’ and ‘shares’ each post receives, the more dynamic the Facebook page becomes. You can see an example of this on the recent post on Susannah Fullerton’s presentation about Jane Austen.

Don’t forget that you can post links to relevant articles when you comment on a post.

If you are not a member of Facebook please recommend the page to any friend, relative or colleague who is.

Batemans Bay Writers Festival Website/Blog
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Looking towards our venue

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Festival weekender

Come and stay in the beautiful Bay!

Accommodation can be booked in one of the fully self contained villas at the Coachhouse Marina Resort.

[email protected] or phone (02) 4472 4392

For other accommodation and information on Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla region visit

Things to do in the region

Major AttractionsWhat better way to spend a Spring weekend than at Beautiful Batemans Bay.

As well as bringing your reading glasses, grabbing your book-spending money, packing for the weekend and thoroughly enjoying the Writers Festival, take time to enjoy the many other delights Batemans Bay and the greater Eurobodalla area have to offer. Check out the Eurobodalla South Coast NSW Things to See and Do website.

Eurobodalla on the South Coast of NSW showcases a dazzling blue landscape of ocean, rivers, lakes and estuaries. Set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forest, the region is renowned for its rich sea, bird and wild life, clear warm summers and mild winters.The three major towns of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma are connected by coastal and rural villages, central to the regions strong rural heritage and indigenous culture, and reflecting a genuinely warm, authentic and relaxed community.

The towns and villages entertain a vibrant seaside cafe culture and renowned restaurants that offer plenty of ways to enjoy seafood and regional produce. You’ll also find the work of local artists and craftspeople in galleries, emporiums, boutique shops and at country markets.TheBayRoo

Must see attractions include Montague Island, Birdland Mogo Zoo, Mogo Village and Old Mogo Town and the picturesque Central Tilba National Trust village.

The spectacular views from headlands and hinterland lend themselves to leisurely drives, short walks, longer hikes through the forest and mountains or leisurely games on a uniquely located golf course.

The regions many waterways can be enjoyed by boat, paddle steamer, kayak, surfboard or other watercraft – many tours, charters, hire options and lessons are available making it easy to fish, to look and to explore all year round.

For more information visit or Batemans Bay Visitor Information Centre, Corner of Princes Highway and Beach Road Batemans Bay

Full Festival Program 2014

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Mission Statement

The mission of The Batemans Bay Writers Festival  is to inspire, entertain and educate readers and writers by providing an enjoyable cultural and literary experience involving authors, creative talents and like-minded people.

The Festival organisers aim to:

  • Inspire, entertain and educate readers and writers within a festival atmosphere
  • Present a variety of writers of different genres and cultural perspectives to an all inclusive audience as evidenced by survey results and local research
  • Encourage reading, writing and literacy as part of a quality arts experience which will be highly anticipated each year
  • Attract visitors to the Batemans Bay area and increase opportunities for promoting tourism in the south coast region
  • Support local and regional business and organisations
  • Enhance the cultural wellbeing of the community, particularly in the arts field
  • Ensure the program is financially viable

Want to Help?

Please send your name and a brief message if you are interested in volunteering either on the committee or at the Festival.

Send us an email with the ways in which you would like to help, and something about your experience. Contact us at [email protected]


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Batemans Bay Writers Festival’s Stella outlook

Bay Post
5 April, 2014

Clare Wright leafPlanning for the first Batemans Bay Writers Festival, to be held on 7 and 8 June 2014 in the CoachHouse Marina Resort, is well under way ─ and with Stella implications. Author Clare Wright, who will speak at the Festival, has been short-listed for the Stella Prize for “excellent, original and engaging” books.

Wright’s book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is one of six books short-listed for the $50,000 prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media. “We are thrilled that Clare will be involved in the Festival and delighted that she has been short-listed for such a prestigious award,” said The Festival Events and Program Coordinator, Marion Roubos-Bennett. “It may be our first one, but it will be a great one, with a line-up of superb authors and writers, and this triumph for Clare Wright certainly adds to the ‘wow’ factor.”

Clare Wright will travel from Melbourne to join other talented authors at the Festival. Many of them are award-winners and all are enthusiastic about being involved.

“Clare’s session will be a great opportunity to hear about the thousands of women on the goldfields, many of whom were active in pivotal roles during the Eureka Stockade,” said Marion. Come along and share the experience as Clare also speaks about Beyond the Ladies Lounge, Australia’s Female Publicans during one of the panel sessions called The writing process.



Batemans Bay Writers Festival Volunteers share the experience

Dear book lovers, readers and writers all,
Being part of a Writers and Readers Festival is something many of us can only dream about!
But whether you are someone who just needs a good book to curl up with, or some one to whom writing comes as naturally as breathing, you can discover how easy it is to be involved by volunteering for a wide range of tasks at our very own Batemans Bay Writers Festival!
Following on from the popularity of last year’s event in Batemans Bay, at which over hundreds of book lovers and their friends mingled – not only to enjoy the delights of our relaxing and pristine environment, but to learn through words, stories, passionate debates, thoughts and new books. This years Festival promises even more delights.
The terrific program of numerous sessions with sensational authors will be held at the Coach House Marina Resort (Beach Road, Batemans Bay). We still want you to buy your Platinum or Weekend Pass, however we are asking you to commit whatever time you can to make each of these sessions run smoothly and enjoyably for all.
Volunteer tasks include welcoming and informing guests, hosting and attending author sessions, assisting in book handling, transporting people and helping them park cars. In return for a little effort, you will be amply rewarded – read on!
Benefits of volunteering include:
  • The opportunity to meet new people in stimulating surroundings
  • The chance to host and attend sessions of your choice
  • Meeting and talking with Festival authors
So stop dreaming – volunteer today to be part of the Batemans Bay Writers Festival at the Coach House Marina Resort Friday and Sunday.
Looking forward to hearing from you! Give us your details below and we will be in touch.

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Banafsheh Serov

banafsheh-serovBorn in England, Banafsheh Serov spent her childhood years in Iran, from where she fled with her family during the Iran–Iraq War to eventually resettle in Australia. She is the author of Under a Starless Sky, the true story of her family’s escape from Iran, and The Russian tapestry, a beautiful and captivating story of struggle, friendship and love, based on historical events.

Clare Wright

Clare Wright leafClare Wright is an historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, earned both significant and popular acclaim. She researched, wrote and presented the ABC television documentary Utopia Girls and is currently writing a four-part series to commemorate the centenary of WWI for ABC1.

Clare’s most recent book is the critically acclaimed The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, about the Eureka Stockade and the thousands of women on the goldfields, many of whom were active in pivotal roles.

Debra Adelaide

Deborah AdelaideDebra Adelaide is Associate Professor in Creative Practices at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has published more than ten books, including several reference works on Australian women writers as well as themed anthologies. She has also worked as a researcher, editor and freelance writer, and for several years was the Sydney Morning Herald’s weekly In Short book reviewer. She has published three novels, The Hotel Albatross, Serpent Dust and The Household Guide to Dying.

In Letter to George Clooney, a collection of short stories,
Debra intricately maps both the sublime, and the mundane landscape, of ordinary lives, with her trademark dark wit and luminous intelligence.

Fiona McIntosh

141209-0041 (2)Fiona McIntosh is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author of novels for adults and children. She is a columnist for News Limited’s Escape supplement and was co-founder of an award-winning travel magazine for 15 years. Fiona roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels. Adelaide is her home base, which she shares with her husband and twin sons, but Fiona does most of her writing from the peace of southern Tasmania.

From post-Great War London to the Roaring 20s,The Tailor’s Girl is a story about one woman’s quest to find love and keep it, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Jane Sandilands

Jane SandilandsJane Sandilands is an editor and writer who knows how to make writing accessible to a wide range of audiences. Jane had her first article published in Melbourne in 1986.  She writes for a number of publications profiling people, places and businesses and has written several privately commissioned histories of philanthropic foundations and families. Jane writes for South Coast Style and was founding editor of Philanthropy, the journal of Philanthropy Australia.

Jesse Fink

Jesse FinkJesse Fink is a columnist, writer and author of three books. His first book was 2007’s 15 Days in June: How Australia Became a Football Nation (released as an abridged e-book in 2014 as World Party: The Inside Story of the Socceroos’ Campaign, with an introduction by Tim Cahill). His second book, a memoir called Laid Bare: One Man’s Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders, was published in 2012. His latest book, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, was published in 2013, and will be released in the United States in August, with other countries to follow.

Lucy Neave

Lucy NeeveLucy Neave completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing in the US on a Fulbright scholarship, and has received a Varuna New Writers’ Fellowship and Australian Society of Authors Mentorship. She teaches Creative Writing at the Australian National University. Lucy has also worked as a researcher with Peter Carey.

With its backdrop of science and politics, Who we were is a powerful first novel.

Marion Halligan AM

Marion HalliganMarion Halligan AM is one of Australia’s most important writers, with a long list of literary prizes to her credit. She has served as chairperson of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian National Word Festival.

Marion’s book The Point is about a fictitious local restaurant. It is a novel of intricate complexity and wit about our appetites and desires and the way they irrevocably shape the world.

The taste of memory is a delightful, witty, humorous and serious book about the way we live now, as expressed in our relationship with food and gardens. And it celebrates the great oral tradition of cooks throughout time who pass on recipes out of the love of friends and food.

Patricia Sykes

PS_redPatricia Sykes is a poet and librettist. Her poems have won the John Shaw Neilson, Tom Collins, and Newcastle Poetry Prizes. Wire Dancing, her first collection, was commended in the Anne Elder and Mary Gilmore awards. Patricia’s collaboration with Australian composer Liza Lim led to nominations in the Green Room and the Helpmann awards. In 2006 she was Asialink writer in residence in Malaysia.

In The Abbotsford Mysteries the Convent becomes more than the setting of this poetry collection, which explores many themes including what it means to grow up in an orphanage.


Peter Freeman

peterf+studioredPeter Freeman is a conservation architect, author, historian, illustrator and publisher. He has lived on the South Coast for more than ten years. The Wallpapered Manse is his thirteenth book, and he is currently researching a book about Domain House in Hobart.

The Wallpapered Manse tells the story of a former Presbyterian Manse in Moruya and how it was rescued by Sydney Living Museums and given new life as a private residence. In doing so Peter not only traces the history of a delightful 1860s cottage, but also tells the story of a town and its community.

Richard Glover

GloverRichard Glover is the author of twelve books, including the bestsellers In Bed with Jocasta, The Dag’s Dictionary and Desperate Husbands. He also wrote The Mud House and Why men are necessary. Richard writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald and presents the comedy show Thank God It’s Friday on ABC radio.

In George Clooney’s haircut and other cries for help, Richard creates a world which is both weird and wry ─ a world in which shampoo is eschewed, the second-rate is praised and George Clooney’s haircut can help save a relationship.

Susannah Fullerton

fullertonsusannah01Renowned author, speaker, literary tour leader and President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia Susannah Fullerton has lectured extensively around the world on Jane Austen’s life and novels. She is the author of Jane Austen and Crime, Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and A Dance with Jane Austen.

She has also written Brief Encounters, a book which tells the fascinating stories of several distinguished writers who visited Australia, and she has written and presented the audio CD: Finding Katherine Mansfield.