Ballarat Writers Festival

Hear, share and explore writing in the heart of Ballarat this October. We’ll bring diverse voices together to explore ideas about democracy at the site of Eureka. Join us for author talks, workshops, performance, children’s events and more.

Saturday Sessions at MADE

A Time for Grace

One Doctor’s Uplifting Journey

10am – 11am

Mark Nethercote, Author & Paediatrician, shares his IVF experience.

Free Weekend Children’s Session

Meredith Costain

10.15am – 12.15am

Author of Ella Diaries. Session for 5-8 years.

Crossing the Line

Borderline Democracy

11.30am – 12.30pm

Kim McGrath in discussion on the Timor Sea’s secret history.

Where to now? – Across the Seas

Refugees and other “illegals”

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Klaus Neumann talks with refugee advocate Maureen Riches.

Wind & Sky Documentaries

Writing with Pictures

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Lucinda Horrocks shows the doco-makers way with Mary Debrett.

Free Weekend Children’s Session

Phil Kettle

1.15am – 2.45pm

Author of the “Too Cool” series. Workshop for 8-12 years.

Sunday Sessions at MADE

A Time to Die

Dying with Dignity

10am – 11am

Rodney Syme, euthanasia advocate & President of Dying with Dignity.

Free Weekend Children’s Session

Wendy McKay-Taylor

10.15am – 11.45am

Author of Mouse Mayhem. Writing for 5-8 years.

The Whitlam Dismissal and the Palace

Secrets From the Archives

11.30am – 12.30pm

Jenny Hocking in conversation with Brett Edgington.

Queer Wars

LGBT Rights

Free Activity

Dennis Altman AM with Lucinda Horrocks dicuss civil rights in action.

Recognition or Treaty?


4.00pm – 5.00pm

Nayuka Gorrie, Journalist & Activist, on self-determination.

Free Weekend Children’s Session

Claire Saxby

1.15pm – 2.45pm

Author of Koala. Activity session for 8-12 years.