Amelia Hinneberg and Elizabeth Simpson

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Bendigo Writers Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the festival will welcome more than 150 writers for a packed program of 100 events across three days in six venues.

Held from August 10 to 12, the festival will feature international guests including street-farm pioneer Michael Ableman, bestselling creator of television series Vera and Shetland Ann Cleeves, investigative journalist Carey Gillam, novelist and essayist Matt Haig, North Korean refugee advocate Hyeonseo Lee, writer and peace advocate Sarah Sentilles and performer, poet and education ambassador Lemn Sissay.

Festival highlights include the Festival Prelude Dinner at Fortuna Villa with Time-Travel historian Tom Griffiths and festival Friday night in Ulumbarra Theatre – Let’s Get Curious with Benjamin Law, Ann Cleeves, Gareth Evans, Morris Gleitzman and Jenny Graves.

The festival Saturday night in Ulumbarra Theatre is A Woman’s Place with Lindy Burns, Timmah Ball, Nadia Jamal, Sarah Sentilles and Tracey Spicer and the festival closing event is Burning Bridges with Kitty Flanagan.

Other festival guests include Michael Brissenden, Helen Caldicott, Tim Costello, Robyn Davidson, Bryan Dawe, Ben Doherty, Cordelia Fine, John Flanagan, Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts, Alannah Hill, Sofie Laguna, Jeanine Leane, Emily Maguire, Lorraine Marwood, Janelle McDonald, Alex Miller, Bruce Pascoe, Henry Reynolds, Michael Robotham, Drew Rooke, Michelle Scott Tucker, Chloe Shorten, Charlotte Wood and Ellen van Neerven

This year the festival will include a Fair Share in Trades Hall on Sunday, August 12, for information on small press and self-publishing, which will feature a Giant Book Swap in partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Special Bendigo-focused events include Creative Bendigo, a free community session hosted by mayor Margaret O’Rourke with guests David Astle and Marcus Westbury, and an Edible Bendigo panel discussion about how to create a city of gastronomy.

For the full program go to www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au or see your printed copy in today’s copy of the Bendigo Weekly.

For information and bookings, contact the Capital box office on 5434 6100.