Here’s a snapshot of our program. Click on the links to read more about each session. Download the program schedule. Buy your tickets online.

Encounters with the landscape Encounters with the landscape: Questions of perception. How do we encounter landscapes? A discussion on writing, reflecting on and reading the landscape with historian Mark McKenna, fiction writer Glenda Guest and John Blay, naturalist, walker and poet. Facilitated by Bill Brown, ABC.
 Indigenous literatures Indigenous literatures: This University of Wollongong panel will explore the many and varied ways Aboriginal people tell stories and produce narratives that speak to the diversity and dynamism of Aboriginal history and culture in contemporary Australia. The panel, facilitated by Jodie Stewart, will include Warren Foster, Bruce Pascoe, David Dixon and Noeleen Lumby.
 Giving voice Giving voice to ourselves: the changing face of publishing: A dynamic team of writers, bloggers and publishers Jessica Nelson, Lara Fanning, Kate Liston-Mills, Meghan Brewster and Gabrielle Stroud will discuss and reflect on their own experiences in the world of digital publishing. The session will be facilitated by Michelle Pettigrove.
  Writing puzzles, mysteries and journeys: The role of faith, personal stories and imagination play as starting points in writing puzzles, mysteries and journeys. With Karen Nelson and Melissa Pouliot, facilitated by Ian Campbell.
Displays and demonstrations:

At venues in the About the Book precinct, all day.

Visit the Old School Museum to see an array of Autograph books. Explore a bygone era of rhymes, household names, sketches and photographs that reflected the day to day life of the past.

At the Scout Hall revisit early publishing technologies on show in a demonstration of old printing presses by Richard Jermyn and Katie Pye.

An intriguing and beautiful work of book binding by visual artist Rhonda Ayliffe.

 Story-time:storytime Bega Valley Shire Library will host a special “About The Book” story-time for children.


Dinner with literary women:jane-caro Finish off the day with a delicious 2-course meal and some special guests. Local performer, Meg Ward, will present one of her fascinating characterisations from a woman in historic literature. After the meal, social commentator, writer and lecturer, Jane Caro, will give her thoughts on how books and reading have shaped her life.

Ticket sales for this dinner will close at 9pm on Tuesday 7th March. Buy online here, or over the counter at the RSL Club, Merimbula.