About Words in Winter

 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 a not-for-profit organisation (operating as Spa Country Events Inc).

The festival is run by a volunteer committee of management,  in 2013 comprising Jen Bray: Chair, Anne E Stewart: Secretary, and Mark Dickenson:  Treasurer.

Words in Winter is one of the broadest festivals in the Hepburn Shire region. In 2013 nine towns participated including Daylesford, Trentham, Clunes, Newstead, Creswick, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Carisbrook and Dunolly.

Each town’s events are organised by a volunteer Words in Winter committee or co-ordinator who create their own unique program.

The festival receives grant funding from Hepburn Shire and support through Hepburn Libraries for Family Day. It receives generous in-kind support from local businesses and individuals, without which it could not operate.

Words in Winter was founded in 2002 by David Hall and is now in its twelfth year.

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“The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals.”

 Siddharth Katragadda

Previous Festivals

 

2017 Origins
From fiction to a fresh view of the nation’s history; some of the nation’s best writers to local storytellers and bards; an unvarnished view on our refugee crisis; blended families and ‘rainbow’ families; launching of books from the weird and wonderful to the ancient art of fermenting; stories of hippy days to a crossword challenge; a hitchhiker’s guide to ceramics to tales of childhood eating; untold stories of Daylesford’s Lost Children to poetry from many cultures; this year’s program will amuse, enlighten, provoke and delight.

Festival Directors – Maia Irell and Kevin Childs.

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2016 Food for Thought
We’re in Daylesford, the golden triangle of food, so why not go with the most natural theme. From Alla Wolf-Tasker’s Lake House food demos to local foraging with Artist As Family to conversations on food politics with Milkwood Permaculture and Melliodora and Jonai Farms and Rohan Anderson and food for the mind with Arnold Zable, this festival packed a punch and fed our local souls.

 

 

Festival Directors – Maia Irell and Kevin Childs

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2015 The Tree of Life
How does your garden grow? All things botanical and horticultural will be discussed this year, with plenty to see and do.

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2014 Words on the Wildside
When was the last time you tried to push the envelope? When was the last time you felt really passionate about something? Have you ever tried to change the world?? These and more questions are pondered at this year’ winter festival.

Festival Directors – Jen Bray, Anne E Stewart, Mark Dickenson.

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2013 Hidden Treasures
 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.

Festival Directors – Jen Bray, Anne E Stewart, Mark Dickenson.

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2012 From Little Things
 Yes! Big things grow. 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

Festival Directors – Jen Bray, Anne E Stewart, Mark Dickenson.

2010 Journeys
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.

Festival Directors – Glen Heyne, Sally van Rooden, Jenny Dickson, Lesley Hewitt, John van Rooden.

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

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wordsinwinter@gmail.com