Featuring bestselling authors, music, guests readings and behind-the-scenes festival surprises, Write Between the Eyes: The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Podcast is your new home for words.
Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is the flagship literary festival on the Mid North Coast of NSW, focusing on and celebrating Australian authors.
Kerry O'Brien, Alex Landragin, Honey & Knives
In the final episode for Season 1, we are joined by one of the most respected names in Australian journalism, Kerry O'Brien. In a wide-ranging conversation we talk of the current political climate at home and abroad; of his reflections on the major interviews of his career; and of the difficulties and triumphs facing the next generation. We're also joined by Alex Landragin, reading from his remarkable debut novel 'Crossings', while Honey & Knives echo Robert Frost with 'Two Roads'.
Julian Burnside, Louis Nowra, The Mid North
On this episode, human rights champion Julian Burnside AO QC joins us to reflect on his work pursuing fair and humane treatment of refugees, as well as his thoughts on political inaction on climate change. Celebrated playwright Louis Nowra also features with a reading from his 'Collected Stories', while The Mid North swing by for a dose of good ol' fashioned Bellingen bluegrass.
Bob Brown, Paddy Manning & Titan Sky
Episode Three welcomes former Senator and leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown, who reflects on the urgent action needed to turn the tide of environmental collapse as well as the triumphs and challenges he experienced throughout his time in federal politics. Award-winning journalist Paddy Manning also joins us with an unmissable reading from his latest book, Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us, and Bellingen musician Titan Sky showcases his latest release, 'Acorns (What To Do When The Sky is Falling)'.
Rhoda Roberts, Debra Adelaide & Saije
In our second episode, host Adam Norris interviews Rhoda Roberts AO about art, identity and history as they discuss her remarkable life and works. We're also joined by bestselling author Debra Adelaide who reads an extract of 'Carry Your Heart' from her latest collection, while folk duo Saije blow us away with a track from their latest EP, 'The Valley'.
John Marsden, Kate Forsyth, Tullara
In our first episode, host Adam Norris interviews John Marsden about his dual passions of writing and education, and the measures we might need to consider in order to tackle climate change. We'll also hear from Kate Forsyth as she reads a fable that sits at the heart of her 2016 novel "The Beast's Garden", and share in the heartbreak of Tullara's latest single, "Let This Go".