Festival Spotlight: The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

Festival Spotlight: The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

The Rain Never Came     In a thirsty, drought-stricken Australia, the country is well and truly sunburnt. As the Eastern states are evacuated to more appealing climates, a stubborn few resist the forced removal. They hide out in small country towns – where...
Festival Verse: People are Poems by Niel Vaughan

Festival Verse: People are Poems by Niel Vaughan

People are Poems If people are people & poems are poems then music & rhyme are no more than moans & groans & the Sphinx & pyramids heaps of stones If poems are people & people are poems you are the sprite under the astrodome searching chestnut...
Festival Spotlight: Sandi Wallace

Festival Spotlight: Sandi Wallace

Award winning local crime writer Sandi Wallace shares some insights on why she loves writing rural crime thrillers.     There is a saying ‘Write the book you want to read’, and that’s what I do. I write rural crime thrillers. They are contemporary—of our...
Festival Book Review: Farewell Dear People by Ross McMullin

Festival Book Review: Farewell Dear People by Ross McMullin

One of the real pleasures of Words in Winter is getting to hear those fascinating insights about a favourite book, directly from the author. In this series of posts, we will be introducing some of this year’s guest speakers, and reviewing one of their works. Hopefully...
Festival Spotlight: Dee White

Festival Spotlight: Dee White

Dee White has written 18 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Letters to Leonardo, Hope for Hanna, A Duel of Words and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure. Dee’s stories are inspired by real events and situations, and...
Patrick Jones on Change and Chance

Patrick Jones on Change and Chance

Daylesford’s own Patrick Jones, one fifth of Artist as Family takes his chances in the big smoke. An imaginative reflection on this year’s theme, Change and Chance. Patrick is joined by Poets Michael Farrell and Toby...
Festival Verse: You & Me Us & We by Niel Vaughan

Festival Verse: You & Me Us & We by Niel Vaughan

You & Me Us & We  Are we only allowed to walk like the apes we resemble? & only worship at our father’s temple? Speak only the tongues of our mothers? May we ask how long it takes to NOT be the other? How much blood it takes to make us human? Or are we...
Festival Book Review: Reason and Lovelessness by Barry Hill

Festival Book Review: Reason and Lovelessness by Barry Hill

One of the real pleasures of Words in Winter is getting to hear those fascinating insights about a favourite book, directly from the author. In this series of posts, we will be introducing some of this year’s guest speakers, and reviewing one of their works. Hopefully...
Festival Book Review: The Good Country by Bain Attwood

Festival Book Review: The Good Country by Bain Attwood

One of the real pleasures of Words in Winter is getting to hear those fascinating insights about a favourite book, directly from the author. In this series of posts, we will be introducing some of this year’s guest speakers, and reviewing one of their works. Hopefully...
Pre-programme launch night at the Woodshed.

Pre-programme launch night at the Woodshed.

What a tremendous start to this year’s festival season! Thank you to everyone who turned up at the Friday night pre-programme launch to celebrate the start of another year of Words in Winter.   We eased into the evening with some smooth sounds on keyboard...
Venie Holmgren Prize winner 2017

Venie Holmgren Prize winner 2017

Firstly, thank you to the 141 entrants in the 2017 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. Each and every poem that was entered was a pleasure to read. A big thank you also goes to Fiona Hile + Ross Gillett for judging the Prize and for coming along to...
Storytelling at the library

Storytelling at the library

Dodge the rain and bring the kids down to the free Storytelling event this Sat 19 Aug, Daylesford Library, 10.30 – 11.30am. Hear stories from the wonderful Anne E Stewart, and find out who wins the Children’s Writing Awards. Children will read from their...
This year’s theme – Change and Chance.

This year’s theme – Change and Chance.

Coming this August! Our 16th annual writers’ festival in our lovely village. The theme is CHANGE and CHANCE. Bring your minds and hearts and warm up in intimate venues around Daylesford with great minds from around the region and...