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2022 Festival Program

Poet’s Breakfast

Come join the Kyogle Writers Group as they host this energetic, open mic morning of spoken word poetry.

Where: The Farmer’s Plate

When: 9am – 12pm

Participants: Vincent Stead, The Kyogle Writers Group

Event type: Open mic

Tickets: Free. To register as a reader contact Vince via email

Too Close to Home?

When young Melaina moves from a polite city school up to the North Coast, she swaps polished shoes and knee socks for bare feet and kids who are, um… not polite. In this highly entertaining session students will learn techniques for great storytelling – spoken and written!

Where: Kyogle Primary School

When: 9:30am

Participants: Melaina Faranda

Event type: Kids workshop

Tickets: Free. Contact the school for more details.

I Hate Networking!

Brought to you by Arts Northern Rivers

A surprisingly fun business workshop that combines education with the opportunity to practise networking in a safe and friendly environment, while embracing the discomfort of the whole process and having a laugh. I Hate Networking! is designed to encourage creative people to get to know each other, while acknowledging the horror, and sharing a few tips at the same time.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 10am – 12pm

Participants: Monica Davison

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: Free with registration

Bringing Stories to Life!

Discover how author and illustrator Tina Wilson brings a story about a little toy monkey to life through innovative illustration techniques, hand knitted toys, and original music composed by award-winning artist Matt Ottley.

Where: St Brigid’s Primary School

When: 11am

Participants: Tina Wilson

Event type: Kids workshop

Tickets: Free. Contact the school for more details.

High Schools Event: The Power of Words

Brought to you by Southern Cross University

Join us for three very different writers – teen-activist Jean Hinchcliffe, writer and film-maker Ben Gilmour and master storyteller Melaina Faranda – as they take their turns on the KMI Hall Main Stage to talk about their creative journeys and give tips and advice to young writers (and activists!).

Where: The KMI Hall Main Stage

When: 11am – 2pm

Participants: Melaina Faranda, Jean Hinchcliffe & Ben Gilmour

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free. Contact your school for details

The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey is a template for everything from legends and myths to Hollywood scripts and contemporary novels. We will explore its archetypes in this workshop, and how it can help you shape narratives in your own writing.

Where: Kyogle Library

When: 12pm – 1:30pm

Participants: Luca Collins

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: Free with registration

Is Art and Culture the Key to Revitalising the Regions?

Brought to you by Arts Northern Rivers

Arts Northern Rivers Executive Director, Jane Fuller, will facilitate a rigorous and thoughtful panel discussion with three leading creative industry and business leaders; Jasmine Phillips, Director Wild Honey Creative, Kyogle; Jane Laverty, Regional Manager of the NSW Business Chamber and Alex Wisser, Creative Director of Cementa Festival, Kandos.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Participants: Jane Fuller, Jasmine Phillips, Alex Wisser & Jane Laverty

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free. 

There’s No Place Like Home?

Brought to you by ACON and Raised Ink Press

For many LGBTQI+ identifying people, the family home and neighbourhood have not been places of comfort and safety. New understandings of belonging and community have been forged from experiences of rejection, disconnection and abandonment. This panel interrogates the festival’s theme, ‘Close to Home?’ through insights from LGBTQI+ writers.
Join us for a lively discussion exploring notions of home, homelessness, homelands, place, identity, and travel.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 2pm – 3pm

Participants: Mykaela Saunders, Hayley Katzen and Michael Burge

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free

David Hallet

Join accomplished poet, performer and Northern Rivers local, David Hallet for a reading of his work.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 3pm – 3:45pm

Participants: David Hallet

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

Mirandi Riwoe in Conversation with Mandy Beaumont

This years’ Kyogle Writers Festival Ambassador, Mirandi Riwoe, talks to Mandy Beaumont about her much-loved works Stone Sky Cold Mountain and The Burnished Sun and her approach to completing history by talking back to the past.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 4pm – 5pm

Participants: Mirandi Riwoe & Mandy Beaumont

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: Free

Mark Olive in Conversation with Adele Wessell

Join celebrated Bundjalung chef Mark Olive as he takes you on a journey through his love of country, cooking and native ingredients. Mark will be joined on stage by Southern Cross University’s Adele Wessell.

Where: The KMI Main Stage

When: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Participants: Mark Olive, Adele Wessell

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: $20 full. $15 concession.

Festival Launch Party

Join us to launch the festival with a mix of local musicians, poets and food.

Where: Stratheden Street

When: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Participants: Just you wait and see

Event : PARTY!

Tickets: Free

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