New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young to be guest at Bathurst festival

WRITE STUFF: New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young will be special guest at the Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.  Photo: RUSSELL KLEYN
WRITE STUFF: New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young will be special guest at the Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival. Photo: RUSSELL KLEYN

The Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival returns to the Bathurst campus of Charles Sturt University over the weekend of May 4-6.

The program includes local panels, workshops, play readings, poetry slam and The Great Festival Read, alongside streamed sessions from Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The Festival will launch on Friday evening with special guest Ashleigh Young in conversation with Jen Barry.

Ashleigh is a New Zealand writer and literary editor, and won the prestigious 2017 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction, awarded by Yale University for her essay collection Can You Tolerate This?

Ashleigh is a guest of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Other highlights from the local program include readings from local poets and a selection of new plays which are at various stages of development. The Poetry Slam on Saturday evening is open to all budding poets, and there are some wonderful prizes on offer including original artwork from Dean Mobbs Gallery.

The book selected this year is The Lucky Galah by local author Tracy Sorenson. The Great Festival read will be held on Sunday, May 6 at 12.40pm with a panel of Warwick Franks, Danielle Hart, Jo Reid and Victoria Erskine.

The support of local sponsors means that public sessions are all free. Registrations are only required for the following workshops as numbers are limited:

  • Saturday, May 5 (9.45am): Independent Publishing Workshop with authors Kim Kelly and Dean Mobbs.
  • Sunday, May 6 (9.30am): Writing Workshop with Charlotte Calder for children in Years 5-6.

The program is available from Books Plus, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre or To register, phone Books Plus 6331 5994.

Tremain’s prize

THE entries are in and the show is going up.

The inaugural Tremain’s Heritage Art Prize has been created to inspire and encourage local artists to record and preserve any heritage location or element in or around the Bathurst regional area.

There’s been an amazing response and artists have been encouraged to work in any medium – oil, watercolour, acrylic, a sculpture or installation using any material.

The show will be open to the public at Tremain’s Mill on Keppel Street from Saturday, May 5 to Wednesday, May 9. Entry is free and voting will be open for the People’s Choice award.

Winners will be announced at the Tremain’s Light Bazaar on Saturday, May 12 at 7pm.

You can find lots more local and regional arts events at