David Chisholm, BIFEM

It is festival season in Bendigo. Can you feel it? The Writers Festival was just on, the Blues & Roots festival is in just a few months. In just a couple of short weeks one of Bendigo’s more avant-garde annual festivals comes to town: the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. BIFEM for short. Taking…

Shann Lions, Four Lions

Bendigo band Four Lions have a task ahead of them. They are going to write, record, release, and tour an EP in the space of a week. If anyone can do it, these guys will surely get there. I recently caught up with frontman Shann Lions. We talk about the EP, the band’s upcoming second…

Hazel Edwards, Author of Hijabi Girl

Authorpreneur Hazel Edwards is back with a new book. A collaboration with first time author Ozge Alkan, Hijabi Girl is the story of a young girl who wears a hijab, has a fun group of friends, and aspires to have her own Aussie rules football team. I caught up with Hazel recently to talk about…

Jasmin Bradshaw, Sophia Cadetship

The Sophia Cadetship is a new community based program that aims to equip sole parents with the tools they need to break into the workforce. Despite its youth, the Cadetship has already gained a great deal of attention and support from the Bendigo community. I met with one of its directors, Jasmin Bradshaw, to talk…

Caleb Maxwell, Over The Handlebars (Hebron Films)

Over The Handlebars is a television show about recreational cycling. It is currently raising funds for its pilot episode on Pozible. I caught up with one of the guys behind the show, Caleb Maxwell to fins out exactly what it will be about. You can support Over The Handlebars on Pozible. There is also a…

Tom Cartoonist, Cartoonist

Tom Cartoonist is a visual artist and musician who has been based in both Bendigo and Melbourne. He is currently working on a children’s book in his unique style. Tom is an old friend of mine. While this is his first time on Local Chats, I have interviewed him for this site once before. You can…

[Title Of Show] (Alicia Barker, Joel McDonald, Jason McMurray, Abe Watson)

A group of passionate local performers are bringing the Tony nominated musical [Title of Show] to Bendigo. There will be four performances across the last weekend of November. I caught up with the man behind (and starring in) the show’s Bendigo performance, Joel McDonald, along with two of his costars, Alicia Barker and Jason McMurray, and production…

Danielle Wheeldon & David Snowdon, The Nerdy Birdy

The Nerdy Birdy is a children’s book with a strong anti-bullying message. It was self published by author Danielle Wheeldon and illustrator David Snowdon with the aid of crowdfunding through Pozible. I recently caught up with them to talk about producing the book and their resulting success with it. They also offer some advice for…

Geoff Brown, Cohesion Press

Geoff Brown is an Australian writer and founder of publishing company Cohesion Press and editing company Cohesion Author Services. I caught up with him in the aftermath of Bendigo Writers Festival for a chat. We talk about the writing and publishing industry of today and sleeping in asylums. Cohesion Press has a website, as does…

Julius Porlai, Bendigo Blues And Roots Music Festival

A long time enthusiast of blues music, Julius Porlai has been involved with the Bendigo Blues And Roots Music Festival since its beginning and runs the Bendigo Blues Tram. He also presents the weekly KLFM show Track of the Blues with Dr Jules. The monkeys are still interfering with the equipment. An animal control official…