Australian literary powerhouse Helen Garner, distinguished advocate for Indigenous Australia Professor Marcia Langton, six-time Walkley Award winner Kerry O’Brien, feminist icon Clementine Ford, renowned historian Peter Cochrane, and writer and actor William McInnes – these are just some of the big names set to grace the literary stage at the 2018 Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong.
Word for Word Festival is Australia’s only national literary event with a dedicated focus on non-fiction writing and ideas. Held across three days from 16-18 November 2018 at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, the Festival is packed with fascinating discussions through a series of in-conversations, panel discussions and keynote addresses.
This year Word for Word invites its audience to Get Real by facilitating robust, hard-hitting and frank discussions on a wide range of topics including racism, asylum seekers, social justice, Indigenous issues, true crime, artificial intelligence, memoir and so much more.
Opening Night will feature critically acclaimed author Helen Garner in conversation with Deakin University’s Associate Professor Maria Takolander; and in partnership with Express Media the winner of the 2018 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers will be announced. For budding writers and writing enthusiasts there’s also a series of Masterclasses available on Friday 16 November at library locations across the region.
Seventy-six expert guest speakers will interrogate, examine and redefine key social issues over forty-five individual sessions held across the three days of the festival. A special highlight is the return of the hilarious and very popular Great Debate on Saturday 17 November, with a panel of seven debating the contentious topic “The Novel is Dead: Long Live the Novel!”.
All of the Festival sessions are individually ticketed so you can attend as much or as little as you like.
Visit www.wordforwordfestival.com.au for full program details and to book your tickets.
Join us, and let’s get real…
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Remembering the End - Peace celebrations and life after World War I in Geelong and the Barwon Region will be on display to the public at the Geelong Heritage Centre from Tuesday 13 November until February 2019, before touring to library branches across the region.
Golden Plains Mobile Library customers are advised that a limited service has now resumed on this route.
Our libraries observe the following public holidays according to their municipalities: Geelong Show - Friday 19 October, Geelong Cup - Wednesday 24 October and Melbourne Cup - Tuesday 6 November.
A partnership between the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum and Geelong Regional Libraries has enabled broad public access to the Museum’s rich maritime book collection for the first time.
Saturday 13 October, 7pm-late
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
The international phenomena White Night is coming to Geelong on Saturday 13 October, and Geelong Library & Heritage Centre will host the amazing art installation Phantasmagoria by artist Christopher Langton.
Please note: With the exception of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, all Geelong Regional Library branches, including the Geelong Heritage Centre and mobile libraries will be closed on Tuesday 9 October due to a staff training day. Thank you for your understanding.