Forget about the Oscars – for a multiverse of stories, all you need to do is join us for the 12th Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival!

And yes, your eyes don’t deceive you – joining us for BRWF ‘23 are none other than:

Wil AndersonWil Anderson

il is the author of I Am NOT Fine, Thanks, in addition to acting as the host and executive producer of the ABC’s popular Gruen, and new hit Question Everything. He is also a Helpmann Award-winning stand-up comedian who has also received the People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Akuch Kuol AnyiethAkuch Kuol Anyieth

In 1996, when Akuch Kuol Anyieth was five, her mother fled to Kakuma with her children, intent on finding safety and freedom for her family, while her husband remained behind in South Sudan to fight in the civil war. Unknown: A Refugee’s Story is a moving, confronting and ultimately uplifting story.

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Tom BallardTom Ballard

Tom is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and virtue-signaller. He tried very hard to seem cool on triple j breakfast for years, then went on to perform stand-up all over the world and front a naughty late-night show, His very first book is I, Millenial; One Snowflake’s Screed Against Boomers, Billionaires and Everything Else.

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Heather RoseHeather Rose

Heather is the author of eight novels and the memoir Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, which is currently shortlisted for the 2023 Independent Booksellers Awards. Heather’s most recent novel Bruny (2019) is currently in production as a six-part television series.

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Further author announcements and other exciting details will be made over the coming weeks and months. For media enquiries, please contact

Passes on sale March 15.