17th – 26th August 2018

Welcome to Words in Winter 2018


Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts. Words in Winter is a celebration of words, stories and ideas in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions.

Words In Winter is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Festival Highlights

Festival Workshops

11th – 26th August 2018

We have a fantastic line up of workshops for you to check out this year… Try your hand at script writing, join a storytelling slam, learn to write for kids, or overcome your nerves and try some spoken word poetry.

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Short Story Comp.

15th July 2018 Deadline!

Calling all budding Wordsmiths… this is your chance to win a great prize just by penning your thoughts on this year’s theme, Chance and Change.

Only $20 to enter so sharpen your pencils (or um, open that Word Document…) and get going.

Entries open soon.

David Holmgren.

18th August 2018

Our very own David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture  an environmental designer, author & futurist, will be talking about his new book “RetroSuburbia” and the challenges we face creating change in the world and specifically in the suburbs. Go to:

Tickets available soon.

Trivia Night.

Thursday 9th August 2018

Test your wits against the best minds in town (or at least some clever literary types). Get a group of 2-10 together and come along to the Woodshed for our trivia night. You will have the chance to win some great prizes and meet new friends! Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to Words in Winter 2018.

Details coming soon.

Preview Performance

From 11th August 2018

To get you in to the spirit of Words in Winter…

We’ll be offering you a taster of some of the poetry and performances we’re most excited about this year. Interspersed with the wondrous words will be some local music acts. This evening’s not one you want to miss!

Tickets available soon.

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From the festival director’s desk

First of all, we acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Words In Winter is held.

This is the 16th annual Words In Winter writers’ festival! This is the third year that Kevin and I have run this festival, and it’s impossible to thank festival creators David and Lorelle Hall enough for bringing the warmth of community and shared experience to the unforgiving, cold month of August in Daylesford. Londoners even swear it’s colder here!

This year, we have combined our experience and talents to curate what we believe is a thoughtful and moving programme, with a theme of “Change and Chance”.

A twist of fate, a happy accident, an uncanny coincidence… how often have our lives and our futures been transformed and transfigured by the invisible hand of fortune? This is what we hope to explore over two weekends days in August. Join us as we warm ourselves around the hearth of electrifying ideas and stimulating conversations.

To help us, we’ve brought together some of the best thinkers, writers, poets and musicians in our region and beyond. You’ll experience intimate personal moments and compelling panel discussions as we tease out what it means to spin the wheel and roll the dice as the pace of innovation and disruption increases around us.

The countdown is on, so get ready for the launch of Words In Winter 2018 and early bird tickets.

Maia Irell, Festival Director

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“We live by stories. It’s the principle by which we organize our experience and thus derive our sense of who we are. ”

Tobias Wolf

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Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.