Hugh Mackay Bathurst talk: On kindness (new book: The Kindness Revolution)

Social commentator Hugh Mackay reflects on the challenges we face and talks about kindness and strong communities.

Tickets available here.

Hugh Mackay will talk at 5.30pm (doors open 5pm). Jock Cheetham from Charles Sturt University will host an audience Q&A after Hugh's talk. Hugh will sign copies of his new book from 6.30pm. Bar facilities available: Keystone 99 Keppel St, Bathurst.

Presented by BooksPlus and the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival.

Stories from Timor: 3pm Saturday March 20, Keystone 99 Keppel St

Luciano Valentim da Conceicao, Consul General of Timor-Leste in Sydney, shares stories from his homeland.

The event starts with short films from East Timor, before Luciano talks and is interviewed by Jock Cheetham, senior lecturer in journalism at Charles Sturt University, followed by an audience Q&A.

Free tickets for Covid-safe seating here.

Stories from Bathurst: Meet the Media... Friday March 19, 5.30pm

Meet two local journalists, hear their stories and ask them questions about media.

Discuss media and storytelling with:
-- Murray Nicholls, editor, Western Advocate
-- Jac Underwood, presenter, 2BS
Jock Cheetham will interview, with an audience Q&A.
At Keystone, 99 Keppel Street.
5pm for 5.30pm start. Finish before 7pm. Keystone bar open before and after talk.
Free tickets for Covid-safe seating here.

2019 Festival highlight: Wiradyuri stories

Wiradyuri Elders Mallyan (Uncle Brian Grant) and Werribee (Aunty Leanna Carr-Smith) talk to Charles Sturt Uni's Jock Cheetham and the audience about how story transmits culture in March 2019.

2020 Festival online: here's what happened

Bathurst locals share their stories of "How I Got Here", featuring the finalists in the storytelling competition.

Next up is the forum discussion on social connection with audience, Kara King and Jock Cheetham.

"Connection" photography competition winners announced

The winners are:

1st Prize $250
Photo No. 5 of father and child (above) by Grace.

2nd Prize $100
Photo No. 7: connected to the earth is the innocent child (below) by Jess.

See these photos and the other awesome photo entries at the photo comp page here.

"How I Got here" story winner announced

The winner of the 2020 festival competition on the theme of "How I Got Here" is Thamilnila.

Please see her entry, the other place-getters and the long list at the writing comp page here.

The equal second-place getters Sally Rummery and Ingrid Pearson below ($75 each).

"life at home: bathurst" festival workshop

Here's a photo from the 2020 "Life At Home" storytelling competition which invited Bathurst locals to share their COVID 19 experiences.

The photo entry above is by Miao Li and titled "Let's be honest".

Community-University Partnership      

Thank you for funding support for the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in March 2020 from Charles Sturt University.

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Thank you for funding support for the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in March 2020 from Bathurst Regional Council.

Since 1993


The Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in 2019 and 2020 honour the memory of Neroli Colvin.

Neroli’s PhD was on cultural diversity in regional education and she started working on this festival when we first visited Bathurst.

The festival is possible because of donations kindly made towards Neroli’s legacy.

Here's Neroli's obituary from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Neroli Colvin photo colour