Archive for May 2016

Batemans Bay Writers Festival 2016 Launched

FullSizeRender-2Batemans Bay Writers Festival is thrilled to announce an exciting line up for the 2016 Festival. In its third year, the Festival welcomes a number of eminent Australian writers and leaders across a diverse range of interests. Lifestyle, history, health and the arts share centre stage with some of the best writers of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and memoir.

Federal Member for Gilmore, Anne Sudmalis MP officially launched the Festival at an event held Friday evening at the Coachhouse Marina Resort where the festival will take place over the weekend of September 9 to 11. Other guests included well known locals Eurobodalla Shire Mayor CR Lindsay Brown, author and musician Stafford Ray and Fellowship of Australian Writers President and author Rosie Toth. In a speech acknowledging the power of creativity, Ms Sudmalis said, “what youre doing now is youre nurturing people who are going to go the festival and you are going to be inspiring your friends to come to the festival and were going to be encouraging as many other people to come into the Festival in September.”

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The Honourable Tim Fischer AC will open the Festival 2016 on 9 September and will be VIP celebrity speaker at the literary lunch on 11 September.

The Festival will be bookended with drinks on Friday 9 September and a literary lunch on Sunday 11, both featuring the Honourable Tim Fischer ACformer Deputy Prime Minister, and Australian Ambassador to the Vatican Holy See and travel writer. Other highlights include award winning writer and GP, Dr Leah Kaminsky who will talk about her latest book, Were All Going to Die, a book that challenges our fears about death and dying. Journalist and author Malcolm Knox will be talking about his latest fiction work The Wonder Lover as well as joining renowned environmental activist and business leader Geoff Cousins AM in a post election conversation about our changing attitudes to the environment. Darleen Bungey will feature in conversation about her two award winning biographies on the artists John Olson and Arthur Boyd. 

At the launch, Festival Director, Marion Roubos-Bennett said, “a writers festival enriches us all with the coming together of readers and ideas. We are diversifying our program to cover the vast range of readers tastes and our popular workshops will have a new stimulating series as well.

For the foodies among us, we welcome Annabel Morley, photographer Simon Griffiths and Biota Dining chef James Viles. Authors Mark Dapin, Meredith Jaffé and Rod Jones will be talking about their most recent books and offering a thoughtful commentary on Australian fiction this year. For poetry lovers, we welcome three wonderful local poets in Sarah Rice, Geoff Page and Paul Hetherington. And author of Love in the Outback and Australian Farming Families Deb Hunt will talk about the challenges of rural life.’

Earlybird Platinum Pass tickets are on sale now: www.batemansbaywritersfestival.com

or phone 0417 267 771 Check the website for program updates

For further information visit www.batemansbaywritersfestival.com

Media inquiries: Marion Roubos-Bennett 0417 267 771

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Platinum Pass on Sale

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Marion Roubos- Bennett, Festival Director, made many announcements at the Batemans Bay Writers Festival Launch on 27 May, including details of the terrific line-up of authors. The Festival will be held at the Coachhouse Marina Resort Batemans Bay from Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Early Bird Platinum Tickets are no longer on Sale. BUT all the benefits listed below apply to Platinum Tickets, and for only $185.

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Platinum Ticket Benefits include:

 

  • Preferential booking for Festival for up to 9 sessions or workshops.
  • Reserved session seating for all nominated events.
  • Free entry to the Saturday evening event.
  • 10% discount on accommodation at Coachhouse Marina Resort (minimum stay 2 nights)
  • Exclusive Platinum Pass priority parking close to the venues
  • 5% discount on Festival authors’ books bought at Hooked on Books Batemans Bay and at the Festival bookshop

In addition:

• Discounted Literary Lunch with Tim Fischer AC ($40 instead of $60) on Sunday –  book online

What does this mean for you?

Well, Platinum Pass Holders will get preferential seating at each Session, and Priority parking close to the event, a discount on the Literary Lunch. And, they can attend any sessions that are not booked out, whether they have booked or not.

When you book your ticket, an email will be sent to you indicating a promotion code for Platinum discounts on sessions and workshops, and the Literary Lunch. Go back to the website to book your sessions and enter the code at the top of the pop-up page once you have pressed the ‘Tickets’ button. If you need help press the ‘contact’ button at the top of the festival web homepage and enter your request.

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Getting to the BBWF Launch Event

BBWF Launch Map

Here are directions to get to the BBWF Launch Event on Friday 27 May at 5 for 5:30pm.

Just drive or walk to the Coachhouse Resort (there is guest parking just through the entrance and on the right), then follow the map.

Dont forget to bring your ticket, or you can display it on your phone 🙂

See you there

Sponsorship Arrangements for 2016

BBWF Logo TransMWe gratefully acknowledge our fabulous Sponsors and Supporters whose support is so critical to the success of our festival.

For 2016, the Batemans Bay Writers Festival is offering significantly improved Sponsor and Supporter exposure and facilities on our website.

Typically the site is well used most days, but site visits really take off in the lead up to the BBWF Festival, this year in September. This increased site visitation rate usually starts with the announcements of Authors, Presenters, Sessions and Workshops for the coming Festival. The main announcement this year is on 27 May.

See the list of this years Authors and Presenters

With a large number of locals and visitors planning their festival activities, this site becomes a great place to showcase your services and products. Not all Festival visitors will want to be at all sessions of the Festival, so there are opportunities to promote your business or service on or around Festival time.

We have now added facilities to the site to showcase your organisation, service or product.

We will add categories suitable for your needs (i.e. food, accommodation, entertainment, activity, shopping) so your listing will be easily found. And appropriate listings will feature prominently on relevant pages of the site to help our clients, and you get the most from the festival.

We are offering three levels of sponsorship for your consideration.
  1. $75 for a logo or picture and link displayed on several pages of the web site as a Supporter of the Festival.
  2. Sponsors pay $250 for 250 words, a logo or business card pic and a photo (eg a product photo, a menu, a price list, whatever you need), your address linked to a map, and web link, a contact link, a phone number, all effectively displayed as a web page, and your first photo will be included in a page linked slider image (or random display list of sponsors) together with other festival sponsors, showing in the information section of each page of the festival web site; and
  3. $500 for everything listed in 2 above, plus up to 5 pictures, up to 600 words, featured on the home page slider. No more than 15 of these type 3 sponsorships will be sold, and they will be left in place until at least April 2017. These listings will feature on every page, and on relevant pages also.

Your patronage will help support the non profit festival organisation.

We are also keen to recognise and help sponsors and supporters who can contribute to the Festival in other ways. If you want to propose a special for Festival attendees, a discount or other offer, we would be very happy to hear your proposal.

All Supporters and Sponsors information is included in site searches and discoverable through Google.

To see examples of the type of coverage you can expect see our Sponsors and Supporters sections at the bottom of each of our web pages.

If you are interested, please fill in the form below with some detail of your requirements and expectations. We will get back to you.
Thanks for supporting the Festival.

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Writers Festival 2016 Prices and Ticketing

Details will be announced at the opening event.

See details and get your free ticket here.