About the Book

Dynamic: Young writers and About the Book Festival panelists Meghan Brewster, Kate Liston-Mills and Gabrielle Stroud. Picture: Melanie Leach, Merimbula News Weekly.

About the Book Merimbula is a full day of literary delights in Merimbula and ending in a dinner with the nationally acclaimed author and social commentator Jane Caro.

Join guest speakers from the publishing field, as well as authors, book sellers, book collectors and printing and book binding experts.

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Encounters with the landscape

A discussion on writing, reflecting on and reading the landscape with historian Mark McKenna, fiction writer Glenda Guest and John Blay, naturalist, walker and poet. Facilitated by Bill Brown, ABC.

Indigenous literatures

This University of Wollongong panel will explore the many and varied ways Aboriginal people tell stories and produce narratives that speak to the diversity and dynamism of Aboriginal history and culture in contemporary Australia. The panel, facilitated by Jodie Stewart, will include Warren Foster, Bruce Pascoe and Noeleen Lumby.

Giving voice to ourselves: the changing face of publishing.

A dynamic team of writers, bloggers and publishers Jessica Nelson, Lara Fanning, Kate Liston-Mills, Meghan Brewster and Gabrielle Stroud will discuss and reflect on their own experiences in the world of digital publishing. The session will be facilitated by Michelle Pettigrove.


Visit the Old School Museum to see an array of Autograph books and explore a bygone era of rhymes, household names, sketches and photographs that reflected the day to day life of the past.

At the Merimbula Scout Hall revisit early publishing technologies on show in a demonstration of old printing presses by Richard Jermyn and Katie Pye.

In 2010 visual artist Rhonda Ayliffe started binding the pages from old, abandoned encyclopaedias together. Hundreds of hours and thousands of pages later, her ‘codex infinitum’ or ‘infinite book’ extends beyond 10m and is still growing. Rhonda is bringing her long book and deep love and knowledge of all things related to the book to the ‘About the Book’ festival. Come along for a look and a chat about book making, book history and all things about the book and peruse the display bookbinding equipment and handmade books.

Bega Valley Shire Library will host a special “About The Book” story-time from 10am -12pm for children from 12 months to 5 years old. Story-time combines stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes all designed to promote reading readiness.

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