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The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is Australia’s only literary festival to showcase non-fiction literature, writing and ideas. Word for Word features writing masterclasses, panel discussions, “in conversation” sessions and high-profile keynote speakers. The topics explored range broadly from history to health; love and grief; economics and politics; art and food; sport, technology and much more.

Previous guests include Stan Grant, Professor Tim Flannery, Tara Moss, Anthony Albanese, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Peter Fitzsimons, Nicky Buckley, Tony Wilson, David Astle, Sara James, Mal Leyland, Adam Ford, Hannie Rayson, Rachael Treasure, Dave O’Neil, Dee Madigan, Richard Glover, Angela Pippos, Derek Guille and many more.

2017 will mark the fourth year of Word for Word and the second at the iconic Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. Known locally as “The Dome” thanks to its distinctive award-winning architecture, this stunning state-of-the-art facility has transformed the skyline of Victoria’s second-largest city and is the perfect venue for the region’s largest literary event.

The Dome is situated in central Geelong’s Little Malop Street precinct; a thriving cultural hub which also includes the Geelong Gallery, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Courthouse Youth Arts Centre. Geelong is just a short, 60 minute drive from Melbourne, and has recently enjoyed a transformation of many of its old industrial spaces which have been reinvented as creative hubs and fabulous eateries. Geelong is known as the gateway to the fabulous food and wine of the Bellarine and the breathtaking natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road.

Word for Word’s dynamic and diverse program really has something to interest everyone. Covering such a broad range of non-fiction topics that generate fascinating dialogue and debate between equally fascinating personalities, the Word for Word Festival attracts a diverse and engaged audience. There is really something to interest everyone.

The Festival’s popular masterclass program will be expanded in 2017 to include half and full day masterclasses covering a variety of non-fiction writing topics at the following Geelong Libraries branches: Bannockburn Library, Belmont Library, Torquay Library, Waurn Ponds Library and Queenscliff Library.

Gallery of Last Year's Festival