Bundaberg Writers’ Club

Bundaberg Writers’ Club was founded to allow people interested in writing to meet, chat, practise their craft,  solve problems, and to try out ideas.

Since the club’s establishment, members have been actively involved in the community – presenting literary events like the annual WriteFest, supporting young writers with the YOW awards, taking part in the region’s October CRUSH Festival, and finding as many ways to think and act laterally as we can.

Paddington, Lorraine

Wide Bay, High Desert. Lorraine Heyes introduces Paddington Bear – en route to Peru – to a Las Cruces cowboy.

In 2015, club members let their inner writer out during Bundaberg’s local CRUSH Festival, writing song lyrics as part of the Great Gelato Groove before dabbling with poetry and short fiction to celebrate the final days of Bundaberg Regional Gallery’s Wide Bay-High Desert exhibition – a collaboration between artists and writers from the Wide Bay and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Talk about lateral thinking.

In 2016 the club took a different direction, handing management of our little writer’s festival over to Creative Regions.

WriteFest had reached the stage where this little club, now matter how big our dreams, just couldn’t keep up. We set it free.  Instead, the club looked to its members’ needs, and to the local community’s interest, and now hosts bespoke, full day workshops in collaboration with Queensland Writers’ Centre.

We understand how the families of regional writers cannot always afford to indulge in workshops, and these collaborations allow all club members to attend a variety of industry workshops at heavily discounted prices.


We were proud, back in 2015, to be invited to take part in the Queensland Writers Centres birthday celebrations and helped fund a project designed to support the ongoing creativeand professional development of remote and rural writers in Queensland.

By responding to our members’ interests and, in 2016 & 2017, hosting QWC generated programs from writers like Tina Marie Clarke, Trent Jamison and Mary-Rose McColl, we continue to support writers in our region, and in neighbouring regions.

Simon Kindt, visiting in May 2018

Our 2018 program introduces a poet to the mix, Simon Kindt, MC of Speedpoets (spoken word, open mic), editor of literary journal pressure gauge and co-author, with Bill Moran, of wreck / age.

We also hope to have a screen writer running a two day workshop later in 2018.

The Bundaberg Poets Society was formed by Bundaberg Writers’ Club members interested in bush poetry. The annual Bundy Muster conducted by the Bundaberg Poets Society was initiated by the Bundaberg Writers’ Club.

Our Aim: To bring together a group of people who have a love of writing and, together, to foster and develop this art