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…


Ellen van Neerven

Ellen is an award-winning author and editor belonging to the Mununjali Yugambeh people of south east Queensland.

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Michael Robotham

Michael’s first book, The Suspect, sold more than one million copies around the world and began his career as of the most celebrated contemporary crime authors.

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Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the Queensland Literary Award for Fiction and the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize.

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Louis Nowra

Louis has long been recognised as one of the most outstanding names in Australian theatre

Update: we’re said to announce that Louis is unable to attend the festival in 2021.



Rhoda Roberts

A Widjabul /Wieybal woman from the Bundjalung territories, Rhoda Roberts AO is hugely respected name in Australian arts

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Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing.

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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.