Category: General

Festival 2016 Opening Event Highlights

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Festival Director Marion Roubos-Bennett welcomes guests to the opening of Festival 2016.

The opening was held in the Festival Hub Marquee.

 

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Tim Fischer AC gives the opening address, Tango in Travel and Travel Writing: Bhutan to Batemans Bay!

 

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Opening address is followed by a fun debate, Pictures Speak Louder than Words. Moderated by Paul Brunton OAM.

 

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Festival-goers enjoy the opening event

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And vote for the winning team in the debate.

 

 

Five Minutes With Mark Dapin

Five Minutes With Mark Dapin

Mark Dapin is a man who wears many hats. He’s been a magazine editor for publications such as Ralph and the Australian Financial Review and a regular columnist for the Good Weekend magazine. He is also a writer of fiction and non fiction books. His novel King of the Cross won the 2010 Ned Kelly award for best first fiction and his 2012 novel Spirit House was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. His recent works have a very different flavour as Mark explores the impact of war.

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Mark is joining us at the 2016 Batemans Bay Writers Festival where we will have a chance to hear him talk about war, politics and the importance of the arts.

You’re currently completing your PhD at ADFA. You’ve written and edited several books around the impact of war. Most of us think of you as a pretty knockabout funny bloke. Where does such a serious passion come from?

I never intended to be a “funny” writer. At first, I was surprised people thought my stories were funny because they were often just descriptions of the world as it looked to me. I was a serious journalist (of a sort) before I began to write first-person humour columns, and real journalism was always more important to me. That said, I like my serious work to surprise the reader with moments of (inappropriate) humour. As for the war thing, I’m not sure how that came about. I think I just got old and boring and interested in military history, in the way that old and boring men do.

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The Vietnam War has been the subject  of both a fiction and a nonfiction books for you,  R&R and The Nasho’s War respectively. What is it about that particular conflict that makes you put pen to paper?

R&R came out of my research for the Nashos’ War. I just wanted to make sure that some of the ideas I could not use in non-fiction (because they weren’t true) did not go to waste. I wrote my novel Spirit House about the Burma Railway. I considered using the research for Spirit House to write a non-fiction book – and as the basis for a PhD – so it could have gone either way, I suppose.

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You’re a journalist by trade, when you’re not writing books, your teaching others how to write them. Why is teaching about writing important to you?

I enjoy it. I like the sound of my own voice – except on tape, of course. Also, I like the idea of helping people, My life can seem a bit selfish at times.

You’ve interviewed some pretty cool celebrities in your time, from Nick Cave to Lee Kernaghan to Frederick Forsyth. Any funny stories to share?

Kostya Tszyu once punched me and broke my rib. But I’ll save the other stories for the festival.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you at the 2016 Batemans Bay Festival. We’ve got you chatting about everything from life after war to the state of Australian politics to the state of the arts. What are you most looking forward to at the Festival?

Hearing myself speak. Selling and signing loads of books. Eating stuff.

You can meet Mark at the following events:

Saturday September 10 11.45 am to 12.45 pm

State of the Arts

Geoff Cousins, Annabel Morley and Sarah Rice have a wealth of experience in the arts sector. They explore how the arts can remain a vital and relevant expression of our many identities. Facilitated by Mark Dapin

Saturday September 10 1.45 pm to 2.45 pm

Keeping the Bastards Honest: the 2016 election in review

Join political and economics commentator George Megalogenis, and journalists Mark Dapin and Malcolm Knox as they reveal the horrors and humour of the 2016 campaign and what questions this latest shuffling of the deck chairs raises for the immediate future.

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Saturday September 10 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Life after War

Authors Mark Dapin (R&R and The Nashos’ War) and Leah Kaminsky (The Waiting Room) have written about the impact of war and how the effect of war crosses generations and affects lives long after the conflict itself is over. Facilitated by Suzanne Leal, a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law.

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Help with purchasing tickets

Help with purchasing Platinum tickets

Remember, Platinum ticket-holders can come to 9 sessions, and the opening event is free as are any of the workshops. The literary lunch is $40 instead of $60.

You will need to go to the Festival website twice:

  • firstly to purchase and pay for your platinum ticket
  • secondly to book your preferred sessions

1) Buy your ticket

  • hit the Festival Platinum button under Get Tickets on the Festival home page.

This takes you to the Eventbrite ticket page.

  • Hit the green Tickets button
  • A drop-down menu comes up saying ‘Select Tickets’.
  • enter the number of Platinum tickets you want to buy
  • Hit the green Get Tickets button

Your initial confirmation ticket/s will be emailed to you.

Within a day or so you will be re-emailed your ticket(s), with a three digit promotional code included, for booking your preferred sessions: ‘Your personal Lunch and Discount Code: xxx’

2) Ready to book your preferred sessions:

  • hit the BBWF Get Session Tickets button under Get Tickets on the Festival home page.

This takes you to the Eventbrite ticket page.

  • Hit the green Tickets button
  • A drop-down menu comes up saying ‘Select Tickets’. At the top of that menu is a link saying ‘Enter promotional code’.
  • Enter your three digit code and hit the Apply Code button
  • top left of the drop-down menu will say: ‘xxx applied. A 100% discount is available’. (You have already paid for your ticket/s)
  • Hit the green Get Tickets button
  • book your preferred sessions
  • agree to the waiver
  • hit Complete registration

If you are booking for the Literary Lunch with Tim Fischer AC as well, you will need to go back to the festival website

  • hit the Literary Lunch button under Get Tickets on the Festival home page.

This takes you to the Eventbrite ticket page.

  • Hit the green Tickets button
  • A drop-down menu comes up saying ‘Select Tickets’.

At the top of that menu is a link saying ‘Enter promotional code’.

  • Enter your three digit code and hit the Apply Code button

Once the code has been entered, and your seats booked, hit ‘checkout’ to see that the total order is $40.

Still need help? email batemansbaywritersfestival@gmail.com

Bring your tickets, grab your book-spending money, pack your reading glasses and enjoy the Festival. What better way to spend a Spring weekend.

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