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Graeme Gibson - Writing for the media
Friday May 14th 1pm - 4pm
The Richmond River Independent Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Understanding media requirements are crucial to getting published. This workshop explores and offers the opportunity to produce a media release and a news report. It will also apply aspects of creative non-fiction to a short feature article. This is suitable for stories of place, people or events, whether current or historic.
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Brolga Pass
May 15th and May 16th
Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall
Stratheden Street , Kyogle NSW 2474
The Brolga Pass give you access to the six author events at the KMI Hall Main Stage. Please note, this ticket does not give you access to the Saturday night social event.
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KWF Presents Professor Stuart Rees
Saturday May 15th 9:30am - 10:30am
Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall Main Stage
Stratheden Street, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join us as Professor Stuart Rees AM discusses his most recent book, Cruelty or Humanity, in conversation with Dr Richard Hil. Stuart's book identifies the nature and extent of cruelties, perpetrators and victims, causes and cultures. Non-destructive, life enhancing alternatives are explored, using poetry, music and other art forms to explain and illustrate.
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KWF Presents - How local histories shape country Australia
Saturday May 15th 11am - 12:00pm
The Richmond River Independent Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Understanding local history is important, but how are local histories shared? Indeed, what is history and how do interpretations change over time? Who is a local and who speaks for a place? Join Rob Garbutt, Jo Kijas and Andrew Johnston as they grapple with these questions in a panel anchored by Graeme Gibson.
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Workshop: Song Writing with Thor Phillips & Brendan Smoother
Saturday May 15th 11am - 12:30pm.
The Occasional Studio
41 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join award winning songwriter and performer, Brendan Smoother, along with producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Thor Phillips, for an insight into songwriting and music creation. In this workshop they will be sharing our experiences and methods around lyric and music creation, songwriting collaboration methods, registering your songs, and ways of getting them out there. We will also be performing some of our own works and talking about how they were written and the stories behind them
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Workshop - Lynette Lounsbury: YA Character and Voice
Saturday May 15th 11am - 12:30pm.
Laneway Community Space
161 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW 2474
To write engaging young adult fiction it is vital to create authentic characters. This practical workshop digs into what makes a character believable and their voice compelling. You will have the chance to tryout and refine different voices and characters for your YA novel and to share your ideas with other writers. Lynnette Lounsbury is a writer, educator and producer. Her publications include Afterworld (Allen and Unwin), We Ate the Road Like Vultures (Inkerman & Blunt)
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Workshop - Laurel Cohn: Nail your story and your pitch.
Saturday May 15th. 11am & 2:45pm
The Business Hive
100 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW 2474
It is crucial to pitch your project to others concisely. You may need a verbal pitch and one in writing. You may need a one-liner and a 500-word synopsis. The key is to know exactly what it is you are writing – harder than it sounds, but fundamental to developing your ideas. This two part workshop offers tips and tools to help understand your story and frame your work for different publishing opportunities. Please note this workshop is in two parts - 11am - 12:30pm & 2:45pm - 4:15pm
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Scott Bevan Taking it Slowly- Journeys on Water and in Words
Saturday May 15th 11am - 12:00pm
Garden Stage
161 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW 2474
Author Scott Bevan likes to go with the flow. Literally. He uses his kayak, Pulbah Raider, to explore places, to meet people, and to experience life. He has taken readers with him on paddling adventures in three acclaimed books: 'The Hunter', as he kayaks the river that flows through the region where he grew up; 'The Harbour', an exploration of Sydney Harbour, and; 'The Lake', a circumnavigation of Lake Macquarie. Join Scott in conversation with old friend Professor Kevin Markwell.
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KWF Presents Melissa Lucashenko
Saturday May 15th 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Kyogle Memorial Hall Main Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Melissa Lucashenko will be in conversation with Lynda Hawryluk about her Miles Franklin Award winning novel 'Too Much Lip'. They will discuss how writing intergenerational stories often illuminate larger truths, and talk about how both place and people have come together in Melissa’s prize winning narratives of Bundjalung and Australian life since her first novel was published in 1997.
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KWF Presents Mandy Beaumont
Saturday May 15th 2:45pm - 3:45pm
The Richmond River Independent Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join Mandy Beaumont as she discussing her celebrated short story collection 'Wild, Fearless Chests' and her upcoming novel 'The Furies' with Dr Lynette Lounsbury.
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Workshop - Vincent Stead : Performance Poetry
Saturday May 15th 2:45pm - 4:15pm
The Occasional Studio
41 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join local poet Vincent Stead in this workshop for aspiring and experienced poets.
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Gwen Gray: Writing Children’s Stories
Saturday May 15th 2:45pm - 4:15pm
The Library
This workshop is for anyone looking to explore their creativity, open their imagination and learn new skills to enable their hidden inspirations to start the journey to create a children’s story. Join me in a fun, interactive workshop with like-minded people.
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Workshop - Graeme Gibson Creative Non-Fiction
Saturday May 15th 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Laneway Community Space
161 Summerland Way , Kyogle NSW 2474
After an exploration of turning facts into story, this highly participatory workshop will unpack the most famous writer's adage of all: "Show, don't tell". This is suitable for memoir, biography, personal essay or whatever your creative non-fiction interest is. Bring an idea or an empty slate and see what happens.
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The Kyogle Writers Festival Presents First Nation's Writers
Saturday May 15th 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Kyogle Memorial Hall Main Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join us a RN's Daniel Browning discusses the best of contemporary First Nation's writing with panelists Nardi Simpson, Mykaela Saunders and Lisa Fuller. This event will also feature a reading from Ellen van Neerven.
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The Kyogle Writers Festival presents: In Kyogle Tonight
15 May 2021
KMI Hall Main Stage
The Kyogle Writers Festival presents: In Kyogle Tonight - a TV chat show without the bother of TV cameras. Hosted by Kyogle's Odette Nettleton, the show features stand up comedy by Alexandra Hudson and Ting Lim, a live 'Ask Odette' show and surprise guest authors from the festival line up. It's not a chat show without a house band and local legends The Barkers Vale Brothers are on board. This event is BYO. Food will be available from our food vendors on Stratheden Street. Doors open at 7:00pm.
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The Anti-Violence Alliance Presents: Women to the Front
Sunday May 16th 9:30am - 10:30am
Kyogle Memorial Hall Main Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join us as Brisbane academic Dr Belinda Eslick guides us through an exploration of the best of contemporary Australian women’s fiction with authors Laurel Elvery, Mirandi Riwoe and Kristina Olsson.
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Workshop -Self Publishing - Surviving the Amazon Ecosystem
Sunday May 16th 9:30am - 11am
The Library
Tim Cadman will run an introductory course to navigating the Kindle Direct publishing platform, and demonstrate how to create a title, upload, add cover and publish. For comparison he will also briefly introduce Ingram Spark, Amazon’s main competitor. Online publishing is not without its traps, and Tim will help troubleshoot based on personal experience of what not to do.
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KWF Presents: Writing place in the Country
Sunday May 16th 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Richmond River Independent Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
ayley Katzen, an urban academic who settled down on a cattle property in Northern NSW, Jessie Cole, who lives in her childhood home in the rainforest, Scott Bevan, a Hunter Valley local with a connection to Lake Macquarie, and Jarrah Dundler, who lives and writes in his home town of Kyogle, talk about how place has shaped their lives and informed their writing.
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Workshop - Narrative Podcasting
Sunday May 16th 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Business Hive
100 Summerland Way , Kyogle NSW 2474
Interested in narrative podcasting but don’t know where to start? Podcast veterans Kaitlyn Sawrey (Gimlet, Spotify, triple j) and Frank Lopez (Radio National, Pineapple Street, Gimlet), fresh from New York, will help you figure out how to turn your idea into something that can hook an audience. They’ll reveal the process behind hit narrative podcasts, and participants will flesh out possible structures and story arcs for a series. Please note, this workshop does not include tech advice.
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Katinka Smit: Workshop: Writing from Place
Sunday May 16th 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Library
The best historical writing imagines what it was like for those who lived then; it is the day to day lives of the past that fascinate the most. Through a selection of sources, participants will understand what makes for vibrant historical writing, focusing on place and the body lived. Participants will then apply these principals in writing exercises, with an emphasis on creative writing, using local history sources. Suitable for poets, fiction and creative non-fiction writers.
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Dettra Rose: Workshop : Flash Fiction
Sunday May 16th 11:30am - 1:00pm
Laneway Community Space
161 Summerland Way , Kyogle NSW 2474
Flash Fictions are stories with plot and character development, conveyed in very few words. Through discussion and examples of the form, participants will use writing prompts to practise the skills required to create compelling flash fiction. These skills are transferable and will help inform and sharpen any other form of creative writing.
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KWF Presents Ellen van Neerven at the Roxy Gallery
Sunday May 16th 12:15pm - 1:15pm
The Roxy Gallery
Join celebrated Mununjali poet and author, Ellen van Neerven for a reading and discussion of their work with RN's Daniel Browning.
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KWF Presents Writing in a Collapsing Climate
Sunday May 16th 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall Main Stage
Stratheden St, Kyogle NSW 2474
Join Tim Cadman in discussion with three very different writers with different responses to climate change: Stuart Cooke, Linda Woodrow and Lisa Walker. Resilience in a failing world, eco-poetry and romance. What more could you want as the temperature rises?
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KWF Presents Art and Advocacy in the Country
Sunday May 16th 2:50pm - 3:50pm
The Richmond River Independent Stage
Speaking up doesn’t need to be all brown rice and angry slogans. Join us as an ensemble of creative activists explore alternative ways of being heard.