The weekend of August 12, 13 and 14 saw Bendigo inundated with writers and guests for the annual Bendigo Writers Festival. Arnold Dallas McPherson proudly supported the Festival, a high point of the Bendigo cultural calendar and now in its fourth year.
Headlining the event, via video link from his bolthole in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, was Julian Assange. Other prominent writers appearing at the festival included Ita Buttrose, Benjamin Law, Graeme Simsion, and Cate Kennedy.
John McPherson, of Arnold Dallas McPherson had the pleasure of introducing Mike Carlton, the former ABC radio and television journalist, more latterly known for his columns in the Sydney Morning Herald, who was launching his new book on the HMAS Melbourne, a famous warship during the Second World War.
In circumstances where Adolf Hitler has recently been quoted with approval at public rallies opposing the construction of a mosque in Bendigo, Arnold Dallas McPherson’s involvement in the promotion of reflective, respectful and intelligent discourse about issues of public moment is seen by the firm as an important contribution to local intellectual and political culture.