Messages from Committee Members past and present:


2016       Food For Thought

Link to the entire 2016 program


2015       Reach for the Stars

Link to the entire 2015 program


2014       Words On The Wild Side

Link to the entire 2014 program


2013       Hidden Treasures

Link to the entire 2013 program

Stories by the fire is the best way to spend winter and this festival creates a glowing hub of entertainment with a hot cuppa at arm’s reach. Held in August across the shire, Words in Winter is a celebration of stories and ideas  in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions.

Hidden Treasures is this year’s theme and our diverse range of presenters will  share stories of precious things.  We are very rich here in this community – with history, with places of special significance, with local interest groups, with exceptional people, with arts, and ideas. This region has many hidden treasures beyond the gold and sparkling water.

Words in Winter is well established and loved in this region, and our new committee wants to uphold that tradition, while bringing a fresh approach. We believe this year’s celebrations have something for everyone, from nine months to ninety nine years, and across nine towns in our region.

We hope you find what you’re looking for.

  • Jen Bray: Chair, Anne E Stewart: Secretary,  Mark Dickenson: Treasurer.



2012       From Little Things

Yes, big things grow! From their modest start in winter 2002, in Daylesford and Trentham, the Words in Winter celebrations have extended to Clunes, Creswick, Carisbrook, Dunolly, Maryborough and Newstead.

Let us thank local enthusiasts for the opportunity to enjoy the magic of well-used words.

From the beginning, the celebrations aimed to provide stimulation and cheer in the darkest part of the year. This aim has been realised by drawing on the large reserves of local creativity and by inviting performers and artists from further afield.

From popular events like the Book Ball, Scrabblefest, Clever Town Challenge, and poetry readings to the wide range of new tempting offerings, the celebrations continue to please.

Congratulations to the organisers and warm thanks to the performers and contributors.

  • David and Lorelle Hall



2010       Journeys

“Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world…. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.” Erich Fromm  1900 – 1980

No matter how you look at it, life is indeed a journey, and every journey has its own special story. Rather fitting, then, that our many and varied stories this year should all tell of journeys. They can be stories in verse, in prose, in music, in dramatic performance and in art.

Our special thanks goes to our loyal band of sponsors, supporters and volunteers who once again have rallied to the cause and without whose support and encouragement we could not exist.

We are delighted to welcome you to Words in Winter and trust it gives you as much excitement and pleasure as we have had in presenting it to you.

Enjoy the Journey

  • Glen Heyne: Chair, Sally van Rooden: Program Co-ordinator, Jenny Dickson: Media Liaison, Lesley Hewitt: Secretary, John van Rooden: Treasurer.