Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival
The 12th Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival in Geraldton, Western Australia has been another huge success with overwhelmingly positive feedback from visiting guests and attendees. We're pleased to share these snippets with you in celebration of one of WA's most unique and successful regional writers festivals...
From the keynote speech by Bruce Pascoe – one of the most powerful and profound meditations on Australian history and culture that I have heard for some time – to the final event, the Literary Lunch at Lavender Valley Farm, the program was bursting with interest. It was fun, accessible, intellectually rigorous, philosophical and friendly. Each of the sessions was curated thoughtfully; the result being the public conversation was meaningful and lively. It was also diverse.
While I loved hearing that it was the best Big Sky yet, I obviously can’t speak to that as it was my first time attending. What I can say is that for me it was hands-down the best festival ever from a presenter point of view. The one thing that strikes me about Big Sky is that it knows what it does well. It’s a mid-sized festival with a strong community spirit and keeps a laid-back enthusiasm.
Superbly organized, lovely staff and passionate, supportive readers, made a recipe for success all round. Bruce’s keynote was a stunner and the debate just hysterical. Loved meeting such an awesome bunch of scribblers.
Unlike a big festival, Big Sky was intimate and easy-going. It was well-run; everything ran like clockwork. Kudos to you and your hardworking team! I felt so welcomed and I would not hesitate to recommend it to other Singapore writers to take part, should the opportunity arise!
Thank you to everyone involved in Big Sky 2017 for making us all feel so welcome. I hope attendees tell the powers that be that it was indeed “The best Big Sky ever” and that the festival continues to grow and inspire regional readers and writers ...of all ages .
I hope the Big Sky is back again in 2018. It’s the best place to challenge your mind in Australia.
Grant Woodhams, Geraldton Guardian
For more information:
Contact: Susan Smith, Geraldton Regional Library, Manager Libraries and Heritage
T: (08) 9956 6659
Web: Big Sky 2017
Geraldton Regional Library website
Follow #BigSkyGero2017 on Facebook and Twitter
Big Sky Festival was made possible with support from the Departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions, and writingWA.
“The Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival in Geraldton is one of the most remarkable writers’ festivals you could imagine in regional WA.”
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