This year’s Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has an awe inspiring line-up of writers who represent a wide variety of writing genres. One genre which will be explored at the Festival will be Romance Fiction, an exciting area of literature that has been too often dismissed by the high-brow literary intelligentsia. But in fact Romance is one of the most popular and best-selling genres today, and Australia is an avid participant, supporting a vibrant and ever-growing community of both readers and writers.ROMANCE- Writing From and For The Heart will be one of the many featured discussion panels at this year’s Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival, with Alli Sinclair, Fiona McArthur (pictured above) & Annie Seaton, chaired by Ros Ward.While there’s no doubt that the stereotypical love stories of Barbara Cartland once pleased an older generation, today’s millions of romance fans form a much more diverse and cosmopolitan readership. And the romance industry is big business, worth more than a billion dollars a year. While approximately 85% of the genre’s readers are women, the largest segment (40+%) is somewhat surprisingly between the ages of 30 and 54.“Romance readers cross all social boundaries these days,“ says local enthusiast Ros Ward, who will be chairing the discussion session at the festival. “What amazes me are the many sub-genres that have evolved in recent times. There’s contemporary romance, historical romance, urban romance, medical romance, and even horror romance!“Ros has arranged for three of the genre’s most popular authors to attend this year’s festival, and two of them are from the local region.
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Information For Visitors
Where is Bellingen Shire?
How to get to Bellingen Shire?
Drive the coastal route from Brisbane or Sydney or travel the New England Highway to Armidale. Waterfall Way connects the Great Dividing Range, Armidale, the Dorrigo rainforest, the picturesque town of Bellingen and ocean beaches of Urunga. Following this route you can explore the chain of superb national parks bordering Waterfall Way whilst enjoying the many events taking place in Arts Week.
Fly direct to Coffs Harbour Airport (20mins from Waterfall Way) from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.
Daily Countrylink trains stop at Urunga by appointment.
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Want to plan the perfect winter getaway? Lily Pily Country House in Bellingen has three luxury air conditiioned guest suites, enjoy your complimentary bottle of bubbly on arrival on your private veranda.
Imagine snuggling up in your superbly comfortable queen or king size bed with doonas and crisp white cotton sheets. Rejuvenate in your own private double spa or relax in the library by the cosy log fire. Enjoy your home baked afternoon teas and sumptuous a la carte breakfasts.
August in Bellingen is a magical time, the town comes alive on 16th to 18th August for the 24th annual Bellingen Jazz Festival 2013.
The Bellingen Jazz Festival is run by dedicated volunteers and enjoys widespread community support and strong local business sponsorship. This year’s festival has a wonderful line-up of amazing artists and the festival weekend also coincides with the monthly Bellingen Community Markets a home to a fantastic range of handmade arts and crafts, local food and fresh produce, massage and alternative therapies with live entertainment for all the family.
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Tickets to the Bellingen Jazz Festival can be purchased here.