Previous Events of the Batemans Bay Writers Festival

Literary lunch with author Peter FitzSimons, 25 May 2014

The inaugural event to raise funds for the first Batemans Bay Writers Festival was held on Saturday 25th May at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. The literary lunch attracted more than 300 people and it was a resounding success.

The Batemans Bay Writers Festival committee is indebted to Peter FitzSimons, one of Australia’s most respected authors, TV and radio personalities and genuine larrikin for his enormous support. Peter travelled to and from Sydney in one day while working on his next book about Ned Kelly. he entertained us with great style. Peter, you are a legend!

Here are a few of the comments:

Peter FitzSimons – this has been the best speaker I have heard in a long time. So engaging and funny. I have read all of Peter’s books – he is not only a great author, but a great man.

Thank you for a wonderful day.

My heartfelt thanks to all in the Committee for binging Peter FitzSimons to the Bay. This was a stimulating, thought=provoking and thoroughly entertaining luncheon.

Congratulations – fab initiative – bring the Festival on!

Thanks for the initiative and for the fabulous lunch!

Very appreciative of such a worthwhile event in Batemans Bay. I would support any event of this calibre in Batemans Bay.

Stand by for the Batemans Bay Writers Festival to be held on the long weekend in June 2014.


A literary lunch with Sue Pieters-Hawke, author of Hazel My Mother’s Story at Batemans Bay, 16 November 2013

Sue grew up in a family committed to constructive social change and community engagement. Her father is a former Prime Minister; her mother was a community worker, homemaker and advocate. Observing life from such a rich and rather unique viewpoint, and lifelong participation in avenues of personal and social change, have formed the foundation of Sue’s perspectives and her earthy ability to cut through to the heart of issues.

Sue’s lifetime involvement with various wellbeing disciplines, and her own encounter with serious illnesses, inspires her to nurture her own wellbeing and to support others in dealing with the myriad challenges we often face in navigating our way intelligently in today’s world.

Enjoying a diverse and colourful career, Sue studied law, history, complementary health and preventative medicine, as well as yoga, qigong and Tibetan Buddhism. She has been an activist for progressive social issues, an artist’s model and a rock’n’roll barmaid. While raising her two children, Sue worked part time as a PR advisor, fundraiser and small business manager.

From 1995 to 2008, she managed Hazel Hawke’s office, and later cared for her mother during her illness. Her first book was Hazel’s Journey, the story of her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease which sold more than 50,000 copies.

Sue’s compelling book Hazel, my mother’s story is a full biography of the fascinating life and times of her mother Hazel Hawke.


Batemans Bay Writers Festival launch

Thursday 27 February 2014

5 pm to 6 pm

Festival Hub Marquee, Coachhouse Marina Resort

49 Beach Road, Batemans Bay

Guests heard about the fantastic line-up of authors and the festival program highlights.

Eurobodalla Mayor Councillor Lindsay Brown proudly launched the Festival to be held on the June long weekend, 7 and 8 June 2014 at the Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

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