Here are the second six guests for the 2021 Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival. 

Hot on the heels of our first author announcement please put your hands together for…


Paul McDermott

Former Doug Anthony Allstar and Good News Week mainstay. An aging troubadour vagabond with the voice of a meadowlark. 

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Claire Hooper

Comedian, tv presenter (The ProjectGreat Australian BakeoffGood News Week), podcaster and columnist.

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Mikey Robins

Comedian, broadcaster (Triple J’s National Breakfast Show), writer. Mikey was a team leader on the smash hit TV series Good News Week. (Anyone noticing a pattern here?)

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Jenny Valentish

Author and journalist. Second novel Everything Harder Than Everyone Else is an immersive look at why some people push their bodies to extremes.

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Mohammed Massoud Morsi

Mohammed Massoud Morsi spent almost two decades as a freelance journalist and photographer immersed in communities with forgotten people and conflicts around the world

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Ramona Koval

Melbourne writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. Her latest book, A Letter to Layla: Travels to Our Deep Past and Near Future, was published in 2020.

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More special guests will be unveiled in the weeks ahead as the festival takes shape in a new location at the Bellingen Showground, complete with food and coffee vans, live music, book sales, signing, and much more.

Tickets on sale March 22.