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2022 Festival Program

Saturday Pass

A Saturday pass gives you entry to all three events occurring at the KMI Hall Main Stage on Saturday May 14th.  

Kids Bookmaking with Sarah Daley

Something for the Kids! – Ever wanted to know how to make a book?

Sarah from Social Futures is back again this year to show kids how to make a special paper fold to make an 8-page mini-book that your kids can take home. 

Where: Outside the library if it’s sunny, inside if the library if it’s not

When: 9am – 11am

Participants: Sarah Daley

Event type: Kids workshop 

Ages: 3 – 12 years 

Tickets: Free

All kids need to be under the supervision of a responsible adult to attend this session.

Home / Cooking

Brought to you by Southern Cross University

During the pandemic, the boundaries between work and home blurred for many of us. While restaurants were closed, more people were eating at home and there was a surge in both ‘home cooking’ and support for restaurants through buying their home kits and takeaways. This panel explores the place of cooking, both at home and ‘away from home’, and the role that cooking literature has played and continues to play in shaping cooking (and eating) cultures.

Where: The KMI Hall Main Stage

When: 9:30am – 10:30am

Participants: Adele Wessell, Paul Wilson, Nancy Cushing, Barbara Sweeney & Belinda Jeffery

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Included as part of the Saturday Pass, or $15 for the individual event

Podcasting Workshop Parts 1 & 2  

Presented by the host/writing team behind Spotify’s hit podcast Who is Daniel Johns? – Kaitlyn Sawrey and Francisco Lopez. Over the weekend participants will learn about documentary and scripted podcast/audio production and will leave with practical skills to take into their projects. Kaitlyn and Frank will share what they’ve learned from 25+ years of audio production, from daily radio to deeply researched long-form documentary podcasting in New York City. Please note that this workshop will take part in two sessions, each crucial to your learning journey.

Where: Kyogle Together’s Laneway Community Space

When:
Saturday 14th May 9:30am – 10:30 am (Part 1)
Sunday 15th May 11am -12:30pm (Part 2)

Participants: Frank Lopez and Kaitlyn Sawrey

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: $30 (for both parts)

Flamingo Writers Salon 

The Flamingo Salon is a showcase of emerging writers, hosted by Southern Cross University Alumni Andrew Spencer. The Flamingo Salon debuts short form story writing across styles and genres. 

Where:The Readers Lounge

When: 10:30am – 11:15am

Participants: Sandra Moon, Andy Spencer and Sarah Temporal, Peter Mitchell and Jayne Miller

Event type: Readings

Tickets: Free

New Fiction

Join force of nature Mandy Beaumont, author of The Furies for a panel featuring three of Australia’s most dynamic writers as they discuss their recent releases.

Where: Senior Citizens Centre

When: 11am – 12pm

Participants: Mandy Beaumont, Mirandi Riwoe, Emily Brugman & Fiona Robertson

Event type: Panel

Tickets: $10

What Fear Was

Ben Walter, fiction editor at Island and author of the acclaimed short story collection What Fear Was will be in conversation with Rohan Wilson about his strange, intensely moving writing.

Where: The Fellowship Centre

When: 11am – 12pm

Participants: Ben Walter & Rohan Wilson

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: $10

The Gap, Ben Gilmour 

Join us for a chat with author, paramedic and film-maker, Ben Gilmour about his memoir The Gap —  a no-holds-barred look at what happens after a triple-zero call is made – the drugs, nightclubs, brothels, billionaires, emergency births and even a kidnapping.  Ben will be joined on stage by Kevin Markwell.

Where:  The Supper Rooms

When: 11am -12pm

Participants: Ben Gilmour & Kevin Markwell

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets:  $10

Warning: Some audience members may find some of the content in this discussion challenging.

Creativity After the Fire

Just weeks after the 2019 bushfires a music festival was held in Ewingar, helping the community connect, and raise funds for their recovery. Around the same time two musos pushed their piano into fire affected Nymboida where they wrote and performed songs, heard stories of survival, and made a film about it.  Ewingar’s Hayley Katzen and ‘piano-pushers’ Grace and Hugh discuss art after the fires with Jarrah Dundler. There will be a screening of Hugh and Grace’s film, Up Armidale Road after the panel is completed.

Where:  Kyogle Cinema

When: 11am – 1:30pm

Participants: Hayley Katzen, Hugh Murray, Grace Hickey & Jarrah Dundler

Event type: Panel

Tickets:  $10

World Building, Place and Time in Young Adult Fiction

A workshop to guide you through building an engaging, believable world within your young adult novel, looking specifically at world mechanics, visualisation of place and placing your story within a recognisable story-relevant time.

Where : The Business Hive

When: 11am – 12:30pm

Participants: Lynnette Lounsbury

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: $20

Slam Poetry

Slam poetry gives you the microphone for two minutes and asks, ‘what’s your story?’ Create a unique slam poem with prize-winning poet and educator, Sarah Temporal, in this fun and inclusive workshop. You will leave with a new spoken-word creation ready to enter the KWF poetry slam on Sunday.

Where: Kyogle Together’s Laneway Community Space

When: 11am – 12:30pm

Participants: Sarah Temporal

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: $20

Bring Those Stories to Life!

Join author and illustrator Tina Wilson for story time with a difference. Tina will be sharing her children’s picture book, Afloat in Venice, about a little toy monkey who travels the world.  Children are welcome to bring their own favourite toy, meet Monkey and his hand-knitted friends, take part in some fun drawing activities, and hear the fabulous music of @mattottleyart!

Where: Kyogle Library

When: 11am – 12:30pm

Participants: Tina Wilson

Event type: Kids workshop

Tickets: Free

All kids need to be under the supervision of a responsible adult to attend this session.

Liam Ferney

Join Liam for a reading and discussion of his work, including his most recent Hot Take. Liam will be joined by celebrated poet Stuart Cooke.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Participants: Liam Ferney & Stuart Cooke

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

Micro-book launch

Hear from writers who’ve done the hard yards. Uncover the processes and pitfalls of self-publishing. Join our writers for a discussion of independent writing in Australia, get a sneak peek into their writing, find your favourite writer at the KWF2022 Micro-Book Launch.

Where: The Readers Lounge

When: 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Participants: Andy Spencer, Helen Burns, Sue Edmonds & Jayne Miller

Tickets: Free

Peter Mitchell

Join us as local poet, author of the sublime Conspiracy of Skin (Ginninderra Press, 2018) and  The Scarlet Moment (Picaro Press, 2009)  reads and discusses his work. Peter will be joined onstage by Barnaby Smith.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Participants: Peter Mitchell and Barnaby Smith

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

The Idea of Australia and the Unimaginable

What is the ‘Idea of Australia’? What defines the soul of our nation? Are we an egalitarian, generous, outward-looking country? Or is Australia a place that has retreated into silence and denial about the past and become selfish, greedy and insular? How do we face the future in light of the seemingly ‘unimaginable’ and recent natural disasters? Join Julianne Schultz on stage for a thought provoking discussion about her recent work with award-winning Bundjalung author Melissa Lucashenko.

This event is brought to you by the generosity of the Standfield and Hanley Families.

Where: KMI Hall Stage

When: 1pm – 2pm

Participants: Julianne Schultz & Melissa Lucashenko

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: Included as part of the Saturday Pass, or $15 for the individual event.

Front Up! Running a Writing Group 

This is for both experienced writing group members and those yet to form or join a group. What suits one group will very often not suit another but there is plenty to learn and share. How to stay on task and leave the socialising aside, and how to offer honest and helpful feedback.

Where: The back of the library

When: 1pm -2pm

Participants: Kyogle Writing Group Members

Event type:Front Up!

Tickets: Free

Stuart Cooke

Join Celebrated poet and translator Stuart Cooke for a reading of his work. Stuart will be joined on stage by Liam Ferney.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 1:30pm – 2:15pm

Participants: Stuart Cooke & Liam Ferney

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

The Birth Suite

“What did you do before becoming a Mum?” This question sparked a new collaborative project between performance poet Sarah Temporal and circus artist Britt Portelli. They use word and movement to create innovative performances for unusual settings. The Birth Suite project explores stories of transition, labour, and creative lives now shaped by motherhood.

Where:The Readers Lounge

When: 2pm

ParticipantsSarah Temporal and Brit Portelli

Event type: Circus and poetry

Tickets: Free

Front Up! Stories of the Richmond River 

Once ‘a beautiful stream of clear water, running over clean sand and pebbles, an ideal of beauty and purity not to be surpassed anywhere,’ the Richmond River is now in a sad way. This project will collect personal experiences in a social and environmental history of the river.

Where: The back of the library

When: 2pm -2:30pm

Participants: Graeme Gibson

Event type: Front Up!

Tickets: Free

This All Come Back Now

Come join us for a discussion of This All Come Back Now – the first-ever anthology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speculative fiction – written, curated, edited and designed by blackfellas, for blackfellas and about blackfellas. Dazzling, imaginative and unsettling, This All Come Back Now centres and celebrates communities and culture. It’s a love letter to kin and country, to memory and future-thinking.

Where: Senior Citizen Centre

When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Participants: Mykaela Saunders & Ellen van Neerven

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: $10

I Love Poetry and Rugby League

Writers often have to hide their love for the working-class game, lest they be tarred and feathered. Join us for a celebration of blood, sweat and words. And remember, to allow the ball to bounce, is to invite misery into your life.

Where: The Fellowship Centre

When: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Participants: Liam Ferney, Stuart Cooke, Barnaby Smith, Wendell Hussey and Paul Shields

Event type: Reading

Tickets: $10

Writing Close to Home

One last ‘To Do’ list for a dying mum. Finish migrants finding home on the isolated Abrolhos Islands. An exploration of how family trauma inhabits the body. Megan Albany, Emily Brugman and Jesse Cole’s works are all close to home in many ways. Join them in a conversation with local writer Jarrah Dundler.

Where: The Supper Rooms

When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Participants: Emily Brugman, Megan Albany, Jessie Cole & Jarrah Dundler.

Event type: Panel

Tickets: $10

Life Stories

This workshop introduces the delights and skills of memoir writing and is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers as it goes to the heart of writing practice. We will look at how to access the creative ‘right brain’ via memory to find the texture of lived experience. BYO writing materials.

Where: The Business Hive

When: 2:30pm – 4pm

Participants: Patti Miller

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: $20

Writing the Sensual World

Whether you are writing a sex scene or just writing about someone brushing their teeth, your writing can be lifted from the mundane into something that is an immersive, sensual, whole-body experience. Through a series of exercises, activities, discussions and readings, this workshop will equip you with tools that will help you to see and describe your literary world in a more sensual light.

Where: Kyogle Together Laneway Community Space

When: 2:30pm – 4pm

Participants: Krissy Kneen

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: $20

Who is Daniel Johns?

Q+A with the creators of the #1 Spotify Original documentary podcast Who is Daniel Johns? Frank Lopez and Kaitlyn Sawrey walked into the Silverchair frontman’s home not knowing what to expect, but after a year of interviews delving into the reclusive mind of one of Australia’s greatest musical artists, they pulled back the curtain on his truly unique life.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Participants: Frank Lopez, Kaitlyn Sawrey, & Nick Kelly

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free

Bring Your Writing Alive with Sarah Armstrong

Sarah will teach techniques to get participants’ writing flowing, as well as concrete, practical tools to create narrative tension, deepen character, and create a sense of immediacy for the reader. Participants will do lots of writing in the workshop and learn about constructive ways to approach rewriting.

Where: Kyogle Library

When: 2:30pm – 4pm

Participants: Sarah Armstrong

Event type: Teenage Workshop

Tickets: Free

Front Up! Local Environment Groups share stories of experience

Join the conversation with three local environment groups sharing their experiences, triumphs, future plans and lessons learned. Think global, act local.

Where: The back of the library

When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Participants: Kyogle Landcare, Friends of the Koala and Kyogle Environment Group

Event type: Front Up!

Tickets: Free

Chris Mansell

Join poet’s poet Chris Mansell, the winner of many awards including the Queensland Premier’s Award for Poetry, the Amelia Chapbook Award, the Meanjin Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize, for a reading and discussion of her work. Chris will be joined on stage by Carlie Daley.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Participants: Chris Mansell & Carlie Daley

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

Making a Home for Emerging Voices

How can writers, editors, and publishers work together to create opportunities for emerging writers? The panel will explore the intersection between opportunity and the responsibilities of literary gatekeepers when it comes to making space for diverse voices. The session also includes major must-knows and publication tips for emerging writers.

Where: The Readers Lounge

When: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Participants: Brooke Maddison, Martine Kropowski, & Nadia Johansen

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free

First Nations

Join two of Australia’s strongest female First Nations voices in an hour of truth-telling about the ongoing, and lived experience of colonisation.

Where: KMI Hall Main Stage

When: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Participants: Chelsea Watego, Jackie Huggins and Merinda Dutton

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Included as part of the Saturday Pass, or $15 for the individual event.

Allen Ginsberg Down Under – 50 years on

In March and April of 1972, the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg toured Australia for the first and only time. This session will retrace Ginsberg’s steps, explore this period of his career, and feature readings of his work. Barnaby Smith, author of a recent article about Ginsberg’s trip, will interview poet and artist Richard Tipping, who was involved with Ginsberg’s time in Adelaide.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 4:45pm – 5:45pm

Participants: Richard Tipping, Carlie Daley, Lynnette Lounsbury and Barnaby Smith

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free

Plant Power Sisterhood

Join Gullibul Elder Aunty Marcia Brooks, Jenny Fraser, Ellen van Neerven and others as they launch and discuss Jenny’s recently edited offering for the Plant Power Sisterhood: an anthology of eco-revolution. A creative response from the matriarchy celebrating the plant life of Australia and the Pacific Islands, challenging us to think critically about our own kinship to the natural world, toward restoring it to its original true splendour. Take a moment out to give a cheers to the plant kingdom – trees are people too!

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 6pm – 7pm

Participants: Aunty Marcia Brooks, Jenny Fraser, Ellen van Neerven & others

Event type: Panel

Ticket: Free

Please note there will be Bushfood Fusion Bloody Marys and other cocktails and mocktails available for purchase from the bar for this event.

In Kyogle Tonight

Join ALDI’s answer to Judith Lucy, Kyogle’s own Odette Nettleton on stage with a casserole of comedians, festival guests and raffle draws. Thor Phillips and band will be joining in the fun.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 7:30pm till the wheels fall off.

Participants: Odette Nettleton & Thor Phillips

Event type: Stand-up comedy, live music

Tickets: $25 full. $20 concession. This is a licensed event and the festival bar will be running. No BYO.

Possible coarse language and adult themes.

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