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2022 Festival Program

Sunday Pass

A Sunday pass gives you entry to all three events occurring at the KMI Hall Main Stage on Sunday May 15th.  

Close to Home: Historical Narratives of Lived Experience

The best historical writing imagines what it was like for those who lived then; the day-to-day lives that lived through historical events. But what if we are living in historic times? Can we write with an eye to future readers? Can contemporary literature document the present for later historians or writers of historical fiction? Participants will consider examples of contemporary writing, focusing on place and the lived body as a reflection of culture, then apply these principles in writing exercises. This workshop has an emphasis on creative writing. Suitable for poets, fiction and creative non-fiction writers.

Where: The Business Hive

When: 9am – 10:30am

Participants: Katinka Smit

Event type: Workshop

Tickets : $20

Writing Nature

‘Nature’ is arguably as much a product of culture and history as it is an outcome of biophysical and ecological processes. This panel explores the ways in which our understandings and experiences of nature can be represented through writing at a time when we face a crisis in global biodiversity brought about by a range of factors but accelerated by global climate change. How do we find – or create – hope for recreating relationships with nature that are based on genuine care and respect?

Where: KMI Hall Main Stage

When: 9:30am – 10:30am

Participants: Melissa Lucashenko, Ben Walter, Harry Saddler & Stuart Cooke

Event type: Panel

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

No, Never!

Libby Hathorn will present her three latest children’s publications, including her CBCA winner No, Never! and talk about the trials and tribulations of her changing life as a writer over many years. For aspiring writers, and young readers.

Where: Kyogle Library

When: 10am – 11:30am

Participants: Libby Hathorn

Event type: Kids and adults reading

Tickets: Free

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

The Will to Climb

The Will To Climb is an adventure documentary not to be missed. Film-maker and author of the book of the same name will be available at the conclusion of the film for a question and answer session about the creative process he went through in their production.

Where: Kyogle Cinema

When: 10am – film run time 104 minutes

Participants: Richard Harris

Event type: Screening and discussion

Tickets:$14. Contact the cinema directly to purchase via manager@kyoglecinemas.com.au

Please note this film is exempt from classification, however this session is recommended for audiences 12 and over.

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
 
Tickets: Free

True Friends, Patti Miller

Brought to you by Southern Cross University

Friendships are among the most important relationships in our lives, often outlasting love affairs, marriages, even, at times, family connections. The loss of a friend can be one of life’s most disturbing events, yet these ‘friend break-ups’ are little acknowledged in our culture. Acclaimed writer Patti Miller discusses her new work True Friends with Lynda Hawryluk, Senior Lecturer in Writing at SCU.

Where: The Senior Citizen Centre

When: 11am – 12pm

Participants: Patti Miller & Lynda Hawryluk

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: $10

The Furies

Mandy’s writing is a contact sport, visceral, engaging and unapologetic. Join us as she welcomes her debut novel The Furies into the world. Mandy will be joined on stage by Lynnette Lounsbury.

Where: The Fellowship Centre

When: 11am – 12pm

Participants: Mandy Beaumont & Lynnette Lounsbury

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: $10

Lead the Way

Join us for a discussion of Jean Hincliffe’s Lead the Way, the DIY guide to leading your community to change, written by one of Australia’s brightest young stars. From identifying your cause to finding allies, planning a march, nailing your messaging, public speaking and working with the media, to the importance of self-care when you’re on your activist journey, Lead the Way guides you to start changing the world today. Jean will be joined onstage by Brisbane academic, and friend of the festival Belinda Eslick.

Where: The Supper Rooms

When: 11am – 12pm

Participants: Jean Hinchcliffe & Belinda Eslick

Event type: One-on-one

Tickets: $10, under 18s free

Writer in Residence: Nadia Johansen

The Kyogle Writers Festival runs a writer in residence program each year to support one early career writer in developing their work. This year, the residency will go to a First Nations writer. Join us for a reading and discussion of their work, and what they were busy working on during their time in Kyogle.

Where: Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 11am – 11:45am

Participants: Nadia Johansen

Event Type: Reading

Tickets: Free

Powerful Stories in Tiny Word Counts

Flash fiction is the art of crafting the biggest story you can within a limited word count, typically between 10 and 750 words. With so few to play with, there’s no room for lazy words. Exploring techniques and examples of the form, workshop participants will practise the skills required to craft compelling flash fiction. These skills are transferable and will help sharpen other forms of creative writing. Flash is gaining global popularity for its brevity and punchy bite-sized storytelling. Come along and discover why so many writers are getting hooked.

Where: The Business Hive

When: 11am – 12:30pm

Participants: Dettra Rose

Event type: Workshop

Tickets: $20

Podcasting Workshop Part 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)

How to Make a Basket, Jazz Money

Jazz Money is one the brightest sparks in the Australian poetry scene. Join her for a reading and discussion about her breath-taking debut How to Make a Basket with Mykaela Saunders.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 12pm – 12:45pm

Participants: Jazz Money & Mykaela Saunders

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

Fundamentals of Film-Making

Presented by the Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard Program and KWF.

Celebrated local writer/director Benjamin Gilmour hosts a one-off workshop on the art of screenwriting and shooting film. Participants will explore the fundamentals of filmmaking – the growing of ideas, the importance of story, character development and structure. Participants will then put their film knowledge into practice using a phone or iPad. 

Optional – bring your own device/phone for the practical part of the workshop – those without a device can share with others as participants will work in a group.

Where: Kyogle Library

When:  12pm – 1:30pm

Participants:  Ben Gilmour

Event type: Workshop (young people 12 to 15 years)

Tickets: Free. Registration required.

Delia Falconer in Conversation with Nancy Cushing

Join celebrated Australian writer Delia Falconer, author of the highly acclaimed The Service of Clouds, Sydney and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, for a chat about her most recent work Signs and Wonders. Delia will be joined on stage by Nancy Cushing.

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

Where: KMI Hall Stage

When: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Participants: Delia Falconer & Nancy Cushing

Event type: One-on-one

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

Crossing

10 very different local creatives have been busy creating a poetic encounter of rare beauty. Join us for a discussion on how it was made, a special sneak peek.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 1pm – 1:45pm

Participants: Paul Daley, Christabel Strehle, Andrew Johnston, Dusk Dundler and Carlie Daley

Event type: Panel

Tickets: Free

Front Up! Get Your Kids to Love Books

Join us for a conversation with father and daughter primary school teachers, Bob and Kate, on the importance of fun in engaging children with writing. Come and enjoy this hands-on workshop to find out how much fun writing can be.

Where: The back of the library
 
When: 1pm – 2pm
 
Participants: Bob and Kate Brace 
 
Event type: Front Up!
 
Tickets: Free  

Richard Tipping

Join one of Australia’s most famous poets for a reading and discussion of his work.

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 2pm – 3pm

Participants: Richard Tipping & Barnaby Smith

Event type: Reading

Tickets: Free

Front Up! Body Self Care with Dr Shannon Apps – Registered Osteopath

Learn about body self-care with Kyogle Osteopath Dr Shannon Apps. Discover how writers, illustrators, stitchers or anyone who spends long hours at a desk or table can develop good practice to avoid debilitating shoulder, back, neck or wrist pain and enjoy their craft to the full.

Where: The back of the library
 
When: 2pm – 2.30pm
 
Participants: Dr Shannon Apps – Registered Osteopath
 
Event Type: Front Up!
 
Tickets: Free  

The Will to Climb

The Will To Climb is an adventure documentary not to be missed. Film-maker and author of the book of the same name will be available at the conclusion of the film for a question and answer session about the creative process he went through in their production.

Where: Kyogle Cinema

When: 2pm – film run time 104 minutes

Participants: Richard Harris

Event type: Screening and discussion

Tickets:$14. Contact the cinema directly to purchase via manager@kyoglecinemas.com.au

Please note this film is exempt from classification, however this session is reccommdend for audiences 12 and over.

Blackfulla Bookclub

Join us for a celebration of Blak writing as we wind down the festival.

Where: KMI Hall Main Stage

When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Participants: Ellen van Neerven, Melissa Lucashenko, Merinda Dutton, Jazz Money and more

Event type: Panel/readings

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

Love in an Election Year

Ever feel like election campaigns have all the charm of a bin-fire rolling down a short pier? You are not alone. But like a drunk uncle at Christmas they can also offer some of the best unintentional funnies going around. Join us as our panel picks the bones out of Election 2022. 

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage
 
When: 3:15pm – 4pm
 
Participants: Frank Lopez, Dan Illic, Kaitlyn Sawrey and the Betoota Advocate’s Wendell Hussey
 
Event Type: Panel
 
Tickets: Free 

Front Up! Speaker’s Corner returns to Kyogle

An opportunity for those with a good idea for Kyogle, a genuine concern about the state of the world – or a personal hobby horse –  to claim five minutes of public airtime to share their views to an engaged and enthusiastic public audience. Soap box provided.

Where: The back of the library
 
When: 2:30 pm – 3pm
 
Participants: Whoever turns up
 
Event Type: Front Up!
 
Tickets: Free  

Slam Poetry

Join us for an open mic, audience-judged battle for the inaugural KWF Slam Poetry Cup. Also, if anyone has a cup we could borrow, that’d be great thanks. Have you still got that big brass mug Odette?

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 4pm – 5pm

Participants: Sarah Temporal, YOU!

Event type: Open mic

Tickets: Free

Wrap Party

Be serenaded by the music of Brigadoon as we say farewell to the festival. Now… where did I leave my gin?

Where: The Roxy Gallery UQP Stage

When: 5pm- 7pm

Participants: You, me, him, her, they, them, everybody.

Event type: PARTY!

Tickets: Free. The festival bar will be operating during this event.

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