culture and stories

Video of lecture: click here.

Wiradyuri Elders discuss how story transmits culture. The Elders will be interviewed and an audience Q&A will conclude the event.

6pm (for 70 minutes) on Thursday March 21. 

Ponton Theatre, CSU, Bathurst, Research Station Drive, P23 parking area.


Library readings for children in CHinese

Children’s story readings in Chinese language, with translations.

Under 5: 10.30am. 

Aged 6-12: 11am.

on Saturday March 23.

Bathurst Library, 70 Keppel Street.

The Council's Harmony Day event is held outside Bathurst Library on Saturday, 10am-12.


Multicultural lunch

Lunch, music and story sharing at Bathurst’s The Neighbourhood Centre, 96 Russell Street (corner of Seymour Street). [email protected]

12 noon on Friday March 22. 


Video of lecture: click here.

Churchill Fellowship recipient and CSU journalism graduate Kavita Bedford in discussion about her experience of multicultural (and multimedia) storytelling in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Ponton Theatre, CSU.

5pm on Saturday March 23.


Bathurst Refugee Support Group hosts speakers on aspects of departure and arrival, and the needs and dreams of people who arrive in Australia.

11am on Sunday March 24.

Ponton Theatre, CSU.

Neroli's pHd and cultural diversity

Video of lecture: click here.

Western Sydney University professors Megan Watkins and Greg Noble discuss cultural diversity and Neroli Colvin’s PhD thesis.

5.30pm (for 70 minutes) on Friday March 22.

Ponton Theatre, CSU.


Jock Cheetham reflects on his and Neroli’s journey over the past two years, with a focus on caring, loss and bereavement in this story sharing event on “Health, Wealth and Wisdom”.

Wiradyuri Elders share cultural insights. Community members are invited to respond, share and reflect.

4.30pm for 5pm start on Monday March 25. 

Yarning Circle, Skillset Senior College, 341 Havannah Street.

Since 1993


The Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival, March 21 to 25, 2019, will 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