Geelong Wordfest hits horizon

The 'Word for Word' non-fiction festival is set to draw hundreds of writers and word lovers to Geelong.

Dr Cassandra Atherton will interview Tara Moss at the 'Word for Word' Festival.
Dr Cassandra Atherton will interview Tara Moss at the 'Word for Word' Festival.

Whether it be crime writers, journalists, celebrities, historians, sports writers or people who just love to read, Geelong is about to be inundated with word lovers for the inaugural 'Word for Word' festival - Australia's largest non-fiction festival.

To be held at the Waterfront campus from 15-17 August, the festival has been organised by Deakin's School of Communication and Creative Arts, the City of Greater Geelong and the Geelong Regional Library Corporation.

It is a celebration of non-fiction writing, literature and ideas that aims to contribute to Geelong's growing identity as a smart, University City that contributes to culture and ideas within the community.

The festival will feature international, interstate and local writers for three days of panel discussions, presentations and in-conversation sessions.

More than 60 presenters will attend, including best-selling author Tara Moss, ABC Classic FM's breakfast presenter Emma Ayres, senior Guardian journalist Paul Daley, Stella prize winner and historian, Clare Wright, true crime writer Adam Shand, spin expert Dee Madigan from The Gruen Transfer and international guest, Molly Oldfield (from Stephen Fry's QI and The Museum of Curiosity)

Other well-known writers will include Gabrielle Carey, Russell Radcliffe, Professor David Day, Shane Howard and journalist Matthew Ricketson.

Ms Maryanne Hyde, Senior Project Officer within the School of Communication and Creative Arts and Creative Producer for the Festival, said that 'Word for Word' will foster community connectedness and "stimulate conversations, discussion and debate."

"There has been fantastic interest in the festival with lots of people talking about it," she said. "It is timely that we are establishing this festival during Deakin's 40th year and I think that the annual festival will become a tangible community engagement legacy for Deakin."

She added that 'Word for Word' will showcase Deakin staff and strengths in communication, sport, criminology and related areas.

Deakin academics involved in presentations include: Dr Cassandra Atherton, Dr Tony Joel, Dr Petra Brown, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, LJ Maher, Adjunct Professor David Parkin, Professor Andrew Reeves, Dr Michael Vagg and Dr Lisa Waller.

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