Poet, actor, advocate for children in care, and one of the UK’s most sought-after public speakers, Lemn Sissay, will be one of the international guests at Bendigo Writers Festival, August 10-12.

This week, as the City of Manchester marked the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the nightclub that killed 22 people, Sissay delivered his Let there be peace poem at the Manchester Together –With One Voice concert.

His stirring words, simple and strong, summed up the hope felt by the crowd, that solidarity will defeat violence.

In Bendigo, Sissay will talk about big words at the Text Marks the Spot schools program, and he will also visit the Shepparton campus of La Trobe University.

One of the festival highlights will be his performance of his one-act play, Something Dark, about his own discovery of his heritage and the long battle to find the truth.

Counting Down 100

Bendigo Writers Festival is counting down the days until this year’s three-day event – in books.

Starting 100 days out, the festival has announced a book each day, each title revealing one of the guests.

It’s a sneak peak of what’s in store on the program, which will be announced on June 6, and printed in the Bendigo Weekly on June 22.

So far, books include Kate Forsyth’s Beauty in Thorns, Michael Brissenden’s The List and Pam Ahern’s Cooking with Kindness.

Crime novels, history books, picture books, poetry and novels: the list has a huge range for all kinds of readers.

Next week’s Bendigo Weekly will include an exclusive preview of the highlights from Bendigo Writers Festival, August 10-12.