It is with immense excitement that the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival welcomes our new Festival Patron, Bryan Brown.

A true icon of Australian entertainment, Bryan first featured at the BRWF in 2021 to share his debut book, Sweet Jimmy.

Now, he joins us to help share and celebrate the incredible landscape of Australian literature – fiction, non-fiction, and everything in between.

“It’s an interesting journey for a bloke who only read his first book at age twenty-five arriving as a Patron of the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival a number of years later. Many years later,”  Bryan said.


“And I’m pleased. I’m pleased I came at reading without being badgered like at school. The places and ideas that writers take us to widens our humanness.

How lucky are we.”