The coronavirus may have scuppered this year's Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival, but on Saturday November 28, local authors will gather for two free literary events - a book launch and a panel discussion.
To be held at the Bellingen Memorial Hall at 3.30pm and 7pm, "A Snapshot in Time ... Bellingen Writers Today" will feature five local authors - Anastasia Guise, Steven Doyle, Miriam Verbeek, Jason John and Tim Cadman.
Special guest speaker will be Sue Lennox, co-founder of OzGREEN and 2020 NSW Senior Australian of the Year, who will talk about OzGREEN's "Youth Leading" programme.
The first session from 3.30-5.40pm titled "Fact to Fiction - Our Endangered World", and MC'd by well-known entrepreneur and community activist Guya Loveman, will feature Anastasia Guise with her seminal book Gondwana Burning and Steven Doyle launching his new work The Hero Gene.
Gondwana Burning is about the bushfires in much of the state's Gondwana rainforests in the Black Summer of 2019. These stories impart a deep reverence for natural ecosystems and contribute to the important national conversation on grieving and truth-telling. Like diary entries from the end of the world, Gondwana Burning brings together science and personal narrative in what is ultimately a powerful journey through ecological grief.
Steven Doyle will then launch his new book The Hero Gene, the story of a teenager's deadly adventures to save Earth from carbon-breathing aliens. It's set in 2032 when fires and storms still ravage the planet, but thanks to the world's young adults taking action, humanity still has hope. Inspiring this new work is Steven's belief that it is essential to create an inspirational future where action and adventure triumphs over climate tragedy.
The evening session, titled "Reimagining Our World", from 7-9pm sets a change of pace with a panel discussion featuring Miriam Verbeek, author of Songs of Si'Empra, her recently completed fantasy trilogy; Jason John author and provocateur with his latest book I'm Not A Racist But" and Tim Cadman, author of The Changes: Refuge, Rescue, Return.
In addition to presentations and discussions over two different sessions, there will be a Book Store and book signings so you can mingle with the authors, their supporters and interested persons
Because of strict COVID enforcement, people are requested to book ahead at EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/bellingen-community-book-launch-31659595633
You can book either or both of the sessions, and they are free.
The organisers and authors look forward to seeing you there, supporting our talent and sharing ideas, stories and good fellowship.
If you have any questions, kindly contact Lynne Klapecki at email@example.com or 0422 679 235.