More than 100 writers and speakers will descend on the city for the Bendigo Writers Festival in May.
When last year's event the Big Bookmark was cancelled, organisers turned their focus to the 2021 festival.
This year's theme of 'STREWTH' will celebrate a selection of Australia's very best writers over the four days between May 6 and 9.
As part of the festival, 51 events have been planned at venues including The Capital, Ulumbarra Theatre and the Bendigo Library. All venues are COVID-compliant and will be accessible for in-person attendance.
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Jennifer Alden said festival was a highlight of the city's events calendar.
"Bendigo Writers Festival is a much loved and well attended event and it was very sad to have to cancel last year," Cr Alden said.
"But it is a pleasure to be able to welcome the festival back in 2021 and it promises to be as stimulating, thought-provoking and life-affirming as ever."
Larger venues The Capital and Ulumbarra Theatre will allow for social distancing in audiences, while The Capital's Bendigo Bank Theatre will operate a virtual theatre and make use of live streamed sessions.
Festival director Rosemary Sorensen said the festival focus had always been on embracing the "good life".
"This year there's an even more urgent need to hear from smart, informed and helpful writers about what it means to have a good life," she said.
"For those who attend in person, we've devised a program schedule that is safe, comfortable and highly entertaining.
"The expansion of online event presentation means we can welcome writers from places like New York and London, as well as opening up to anyone, anywhere, to share our event.
"We're so looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Bendigo Writers Festival this year."
Among the 104 speakers are international guests Steven Greenblatt who will discuss tyrants, Nicholson Baker talking on secrecy, Amitav Ghosh discussing cross-cultural knowledge and David Rothkopf examining the 'traitor Trump'.
Australia writers scheduled to visit the 2021 Bendigo Writers Festival include James Boyce, Steve Carroll, Zoe Daniel, Zana Fraillon, Hilde Hinton and Samuel Johnson, Scott Ludlum, Cathy McGowan, Louise Milligan, Garth Nix, Fiona O'Loughlin, Yves Rees, Don Watson and Pip Williams.
The Bendigo Writers Festival 2021 is on from May 6 to 9. Tickers go on sale on March 10 through www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au
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