Friday, Saturday, Sunday
July 17th, 18th & 19th 2020

Beginning in 2015, the focus of the “Ignite Your Mind” Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Festival has always been to bring together Australia’s best authors so residents and visitors could enjoy an intimate weekend of words, while also enjoying the delights of our beautiful region.
This tradition and focus continues to this day as we prepare for another amazing festival in 2020.

Little Women Movie Premiere

Burdekin Readers and Writers Movie Premiere Little Women


You are invited to

to the Burdekin Movie Premiere of


Thursday January 23rd 2020
Burdekin Delta Cinemas, Queen Street, Ayr

Dress – Smart Casual

Cost $25 per person including supper, wine & non-alcoholic beverage
Tickets to be purchased in advance prior to Tuesday January 21st 2020

Light Supper & Beverage will be served at 7.30pm

To ensure groups are seated together online group bookings should be purchased by one person only in that person’s name.
Need assistance – Please contact Mickey McKellar 0407 651 450


Bill Tweddell

On 14 October 2018, at the invitation of Ms Mickey McKellar, I moderated a session of the Ignite Your Mind Festival in Ayr with the author and journalist Chris Masters focused on his book No Front Line: Australia's Special Forces at War in Afghanistan. This was the...

Burdekin Catholic High School

I wish to formally express my support of the Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Association's (BRWA) valuable cultural initiative, Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival. Over the past four years, I have been privileged to have the opportunity to...

East Ayr State School

I’m writing in support of the Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival and its dedicated and hardworking Committee. The Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival (BRWF) offers our community an excellent opportunity to engage in activities that stimulate thought, inspire...

Burdekin Catholic High School – Indigenous Education

Fire Starters – How to be an Agent of Change The Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival – the content, the context and the contributors all converge, creating a uniquely “Burdekin” experience. On Friday, 12 October, Burdekin Catholic High School hosted Warren Mundine,...

Ayr State School

Firstly thank you for providing our students with the opportunity to workshop with a quality author like Oliver Phommavanh. Our students have developed a real love for writing and were thrilled to have a chance to further their skills. I want you to know that we...

Professor Roly Sussex

Reflecting on your outstanding Festival, it strikes me that you have got several things very much right. First, the size. I am sure there is a critical mass below which festivals like this won’t work. But I suspect there is also an upper limit, which has been exceeded...

Caroline Overington

I wasn't sure what to expect from the Burdekin Writers Festival, and I came away thrilled by the experience. It really is one of the nation's most enjoyable festivals. The events are well organised, the topics interesting, and the crowds interested. Writers are made...

Matthew Condon

I am writing to express my unconditional support for the Ignite Your Mind readers and writers festival. I have been privileged to have been invited to the previous festivals in Ayr, but the 2018 event, with its diverse program and its plethora of writers from a...

Chris Masters

The regional literary festivals have long been a personal favourite, with the Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival at the top of the list. I am grateful for council investment in intellectual and creative nourishment, which in my view is every bit as sustaining as...

East Ayr State School

Our Minds are Ignited! As part of the Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Ignite Your Mind Festival East Ayr State School was proud to offer students a chance to engage with two successful published speakers and writers, Michael Gerard Bauer and Jacqueline Harvey. The...

Past Festivals

BRW Is incredibly proud of the amazing line-up of Authors and Journalists who have been involved in the event since it’s inaugural year in 2015.

Click on the images below to see details of our past festivals.

Burdekin Writing Group

BRW Scratchy Scribblers Writing Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

For those interested in joining please click through to our contact form.

Members Musings


Dump yeast, dry ingredients, and wet ingredients in the bread machine and use the ‘Dough’ setting for perfect cinnamon rolls. It’s not the same recipe from the red and white tartan cookbook we pull from my parents’ bookshelf every Christmas Eve. It’s not...

Kid Lit & Adult Lit Festival – Unique Combination

Kid Lit and Adult Lit Festival - Unique Combination Festival co-ordinator Mickey McKellar talked, in an interview, about how the Kid Lit and Adult Lit program worked well. How a visionary aligned two venues — the Burdekin Theatre and Library, which are...


by Leanne Green “Flairy Floss and Flerris Wheels are my favourite things at the show” Billy told his class when it was his turn to answer the teacher’s question about the show. “OK” said the teacher, “but say it again slowly and think about the words, as saying it too...

Never Again by Mickey McKellar

Never Again – What a topic! What to write about? What is it about my life that I have no real regrets and I am struggling to recall something that I would never repeat? Over the past month I have wracked my brain trying to recall something to put on paper.  Nothing...

A poem for the poets

We gathered in the Library, Ten people with an aim, And first we introduced ourselves, Explained why there we came; Nine ladies and a gentleman, All like to use a pen, A pencil or computer to Spin words together, then Share what we’ve written with a hope It might go...

Want to support the Burdekin Readers & Writers Assoc.?


We are taking donations and sponsorships to help us bring the best quality workshops to our region. If you are interested in supporting us, or sponsoring our major festival please be in touch.

Past Events

Between our major festivals we host regular meet-ups, writers workshops, book launches, author talks and more. Here is where you will find all the events we have held in the last few years.

An Evening with Dame Quentin Bryce

As Australia’s first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce handwrote fifty or so letters each week. They were to people she had met and connected with as her role took her from palaces to outback schools, from war zones to memorials, from intimate audiences to lavish...

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