Big Sky set to bring Oceans of Opportunity

Published: Friday, 7 June 2019 at 11:27:43 AM

The Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival is set to return on 13-16 June with a fantastic line-up of talent set to descend on Geraldton.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the event is an excellent opportunity for literature lovers to get up close and personal with some great talent.

“Each year the Festival brings to Geraldton a variety of celebrated authors, who share their life stories, expertise and love of the written and spoken word,” he said.

“This year’s programme boasts new events such as an evocative address to honour Randolph Stow and an art exhibition titled Sightlines, along with event staples like the Big Sky Feast and Literary High Tea.

“I can’t wait to see what Big Sky has in store for us this year,” Mayor Van Styn added.

Big Sky is a feast for lovers of storytelling, poetry, fiction, history, children’s and young adult’s books, illustration, humour and culture. 

This year there will be 33 sessions over four days, most of which are free of charge.

Renowned writer and lifetime ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Dr. Anita Heiss; six-time award winning natural and maritime history author Dr. Howard Gray; leading native food chef Paul Iskov and Geraldton bred author Holden Sheppard are just a few of the guests who will be making appearances.

The Geraldton Regional Library has been hosting the Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival since 2004, and it remains the only writer’s festival in the Midwest.

Sponsors include major partner Writing WA, Geraldton Universities Centre, Friends of the Geraldton Library, Anne and Kim Pedlow, Lotterywest, Ocean Centre Hotel, Eastman Poletti Sherwood, Arbitare, Ray White Geraldton, Geraldton Air Charter, Writers of the Coral Coast, Read a Lot Books and Euphorium Creative.

For more information including guest biographies, events schedule and ticketing information, visit or call the Geraldton Regional Library on 9956 6659.

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