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Apollo Bay Word Fest 2019

Wed. 26th June, 2019

Are words important?

Apollo Bay Writers Festival becomes Apollo Bay Word Fest (ABWF) in 2019 as the festival moves to celebrate words, word play and the – now considered subversive – printed word.  In a coup for the small coastal town at the foot of the stunning Otway Ranges, the festival is thrilled to announce that Australia’s favourite logophile David Astle will present the Saturday workshop on Rewording the Brain, as well as chairing the popular Community Debate.  This year’s lively topic, Spelling Doesn’t Matter Anymore, is sure to entertain wordsmiths, parents, students and the shelf-righteous.

The festival warms up on Friday night with an evening celebrating the poetic word, lifting poetry off dusty, musty pages and airing it in front of an audience as per its long oral tradition.  Poetry & Pies will see local talent performing verse from the English canon, as well as original works, all served up with a variety of hot, hearty pies by Holly Munday.

Director of Writers Victoria, Angela Savage (Behind the Night Bazaar, The Dying Beach, The Half-Child), will present the Sunday workshop, Writing Crime, on the expanding genre of crime fiction.  Angela will also host Apollo Bay’s enduring Warm Winter Words, running for over 20 years and analogous to snuggling up with a great read on a squally Sunday afternoon.  The cosy session will see authors Mark Brandi (Wimmera, The Rip), Anna Snoekstra (Only Daughter, Little Secrets) and Bram Presser (The Book of Dirt) speak about their craft as Writers Victoria celebrates their 30th anniversary.

ABWF is on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 at Apollo Bay’s beloved Mechanics Hall.  Bring a blanket and your wool-lined boots.  See here for further details.

ABWF is brought to you by Apollo Bay Arts Inc. and supported by Writers Victoria.

For more information contact Anna Dixon on 0438 326 107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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