Katrina Nannestad, Chris Kennett and Sarah Mayor Cox. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Text Marks the Spot Schools Day heralds the start of the Bendigo Writers Festival on Friday, August 10.

This year students are invited to get curious about the world around them through reading and writing.

A very special part of this year’s TMtS day will be the announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Inky Awards for young adult literature.

Bendigo Writers Festival and TMtS welcome some of Australia’s most popular authors to Bendigo as well as some very special international guests.

British poet and playwright Lemn Sissay and North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee will join a host of Australian writers including John Flanagan, Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Susan Green, Andrew Hansen, Jay Carmichael and Katrina Nannestad.

Students will have the chance to hear these much-loved authors as well as attend writing workshops and interactive sessions.

The full program went out to schools this week. For more information and bookings, phone the Capital box office on 5434 6100.