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Open your Eyes at Word for Word!

Join Archie Roach AM, the Reverend Tim Costello, Jane Caro, Benjamin Law, Clare Bowditch, John Marsden, Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM and many more at the 2019 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival, sponsored by Deakin University. Held across three days from 15-17 November 2019 at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, the festival features in-conversations, panel discussions and keynote addresses starring some of Australia’s best and brightest thinkers and writers.

  A series of Masterclasses will be available on Friday 15 November, including a special workshop on Wadawurrung language and culture with Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles. The hilarious and very popular ‘Bad Diaries Salon’ will return on Saturday 16 November. Meanwhile, Sunday 17 November will see the launch of ‘Bronze Stories: Geelong Unearthed’, a text-based public art project that immortalises Geelong’s history on bronze plaques located around the CBD and on an associated app (with those histories researched and written for the City of Greater Geelong by Deakin University’s Associate Professor Maria Takolander).

  The 2019 festival theme is Nyaal, a word meaning ‘Open your eyes’ in the language of the Wadawurrung people, traditional owners of Djilang (Geelong). In this, the International Year of Indigenous Languages, Nyaal pays tribute to First Nations language and culture, and is an invitation to open our eyes to scrutinise the issues of the moment.

  Opening Night features Deakin University’s very own Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, discussing his critically acclaimed book on Indigenous epistemologies, Sand Talk (Text, 2019). Other Deakin staff—Professor David McCooey, Professor Matthew Ricketson, Associate Professor Maria Takolander, Dr Daniel Marshall and Dr Maria Rae—will facilitate sessions on the program.

  For the full program and bookings go to

Books open to the middle page, stacked on top of one another, filling the frame
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

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