The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival returns to the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre from 15-17 November, with big name authors, speakers and personalities including Uncle Archie Roach AM, the Reverend Tim Costello, Jane Caro, Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, Benjamin Law, Clare Bowditch, John Marsden, Neal Drinnan, Mary Moody and many others.
The 2019 festival theme is Nyaal, a word meaning ‘Open Your Eyes’ in the language of the Wadawurrung people, Traditional Owners of Djilang (Geelong). In this, the International Year of Indigenous Languages, Nyaal pays tribute to First Nations language and culture and is an invitation to open our eyes to scrutinise the issues of the moment.
“Now, more than ever is the time for exploring notions of truth – truth about the history we were taught in school, truth about the stories we hear in the media and the truth about some of the most urgent topical issues of today,” says Festival Advisory Committee Chair, Counsellor Margot Smith.
“We’re so excited to present audiences with 80 presenters over 50 sessions across the weekend. There really is something for everyone – from workshops, panel discussions, in conversation and keynote addresses, special events and even a mobile ‘Walk and Talk’ session,” Word for Word Festival Director, Rochelle Smith says.
Wondering what’s new for the Festival in 2019?
• Children’s stream including three special author events
• Walk & Talk mobile in-conversation sessions
• Word for Word Festival Pass - more Word for Word sessions for less
• Expanded workshop program at eight community library locations
In total, there are 50 sessions to choose from – find out more and explore the full program here.
Tickets are on sale now at wordforwordfestival.com.au.
Be quick – early bird prices are available until Friday 4 October.
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All Geelong Regional Library Corporation branches and mobile libraries will be closed from the usual branch closing time on Wednesday 5 August, for a period of at least six weeks.
The Leopold Library branch is closed following a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a staff member of Geelong Regional Libraries.
Please note, you will be asked to present your GRLC library card and photo ID (showing your residential address) to the concierge when you enter a branch.
From late August 2020, we will be introducing exciting new ways for you to find out about what’s going on at the library.
Geelong Regional Libraries’ members are advised that some databases will be removed from the Collection in the coming months.
Geelong Regional Libraries is delighted to announce the winner of our ‘Amazing Lockdown’ Short Story Competition: Ben Mitchell, for his story titled ‘Tunundra Valley’.