2019 Bendigo Writers Festival August 9-11

Bendigo Writers Festival is now officially in countdown mode, announcing several keynote speakers for this year’s event, which takes place August 9-11.

Internationally renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies will tackle the biggest question of them all, “What Is Life?”, in an address at Ulumbarra Theatre on Saturday, August 10.

The controversial author of books such as The Mind of God, Davies is currently heading up a research project at the University of Arizona, which challenges conventional thinking about cancer and its evolutionary biology.

Also among the first names included in the Early Bird release are best-selling Korean American novelist Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, world-renowned American author of the history of fire, Stephen J Pyne and British philosopher AC Grayling.

The first announcements of writers and events coincides with the release of Early Bird tickets for all passes and for keynote feature events.

If you’ve signed up for updates at the festival website, you will get access to Early Bird passes, with a 10 per cent discount, and also information on events sent straight to your inbox.

Early Bird tickets are available until May 29, with the full program and all tickets released online on June 5, and in print in the Bendigo Weekly published on Friday, June 14.

The first alert goes out soon for schools to sign on for the free Text Marks the Spot program on Friday, August 9.

The popular schools program will include RA Spratt, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Sue McPherson, Glenda Millard and Lorraine Marwood.

Bookings for Text Marks the Spot open when the full program is sent out to schools before the end of the term.

You can find more information at bendigowritersfestival.com.au and look out for regular updates in the Bendigo Weekly.