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Booklovers Festival

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This year’s Booklovers Festival celebrates and explores Creative Resilience. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we are witnessing many acts of resilience - acts of joy, connection and creativity in the face of tough times - acts as varied and colourful as the facemasks we wear. It is resilience that enables us to develop our sense of optimism and reframes our perspective.

In this 2020 Booklovers Festival we are offering an exciting range of authors, from poets to flash fiction and non-fiction writers, who will take us behind the scenes into their creative processes, experiments and voyages of discovery because you need your creative toolbox when the going gets tough. It is by expressing ourselves creatively that we focus our attention on something generative and life affirming which unlocks inner resources.

We invite you to participate, to connect and explore our exciting range of workshops with well-known Australian and local authors. There are podcasts, interviews and competitions to inspire and resources to support your curiosity. Let’s take this journey of creative resilience together.

Full Schedule:

Staff Picks - Exploring Creative Resilience

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staff picks

hammy28 said:

An inspiring read. The writer details how he overcame the challenges that life presented him as an Afghanistan refugee by focusing on his love of rugmaking.…

Read more of this comment about The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif
kewmum said:

Nice to have not just permission but encouragement to be messy. Creativity and therefore resilience rely on disorder in order to be sparked, according…

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cathalogue said:

This book gives some perspective to the resilience demonstrated by people with mental illness in Victorian times - in particular, asylums in Melbourne.…

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Booklovers Festival Local Writers

Tune in each day during the festival at 2pm and 4pm to hear how local writers to respond to our theme, Creative Resiliance.

In The Good Books Podcast

We'll be recording a live version of our podcast In The Good Books at this years Booklovers Festival. Subscribe now via Apple iTunesSpotifyPodbeanPodtail and your usual podcast places.

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In the Good Books Episode Seven with Kate Mildenhall

It's Booklovers Festival time! To celebrate we've created a very special episode of In the Good Books - a video edition of the podcast.

In the Good Books Episode Seven

This week Lefa and Patrick are joined by a special guest; YPRL CEO Jane Cowell.

In the Good Books Episode Six

This episode Lefa, Patrick and Sarah are challenged by Aldona, who gives few the team few clues as to what they might like to read.

How is Booklovers Festival different this year?

We're completely online this year! We will be sharing content over our digital platforms - our facebook page, this webpage, on Twitter and a workshop or two on our video conference platform Microsoft Teams.

Be part of the conversation - #booklovers20

We'll be running a flash fiction competition on Twitter this year, stay tuned for more details. You can use the hashtag above to let us know what you think of the festival.

We are also looking to showcase local writers with short pieces on our facebook page, if you're interested in featuring your work, get in touch.

What can I expect at a writers festival?

Our Booklovers Festival falls under the banner of a ‘writers festival’ - these happen all over Melbourne, and all over the world.

Writers festivals are for writers, but they’re also for readers. If you’re a library user, it’s for you!

These festivals include author talks, which give you an opportunity to see your favourite writers talking about how their books came to be, why they write, and provide you an opportunity to ask further questions about their work. Writers festivals also often include workshops, which help you nurture your creative streak (and we all have one!). It’s a good combination of events that allow you to watch people talk, and get involved yourself.

Why go?

There are so many reasons the YPRL Booklovers Festival is a great time out (in). It’s loads of fun, you can discover local authors, meet like-minded people, or get in touch with your creative side in our workshops and competitions.

Who will be there?

The Booklovers Festival will be attended by a mix of writers, readers, and the curious-minded. It’s aimed at people who are interested in learning, of all ages. This includes lots of writers and punters from your local community.

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