Cate Kennedy’s ‘Noir’ Tales:  Four Stories for a Winter’s Night

September 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Festival favourite, regular and local, our own Cate Kennedy is back with a special event.  Four women readers – three local, one an internationally-acclaimed novelist – come together to bring to life four short, sharp tales which are both suspenseful and darkly comic.  Never before performed – Words in Winter 2021 is their premiere!  Come for an evening of fun, frolic, and perhaps a shiver of recognition…
Price includes one glass of Passing Clouds wine 🍷

Performers include:

Cate Kennedy writes fiction, poetry and non- fiction, but is probably best known for her short stories, which have been widely published and anthologised. Her two collections are currently on the VCE syllabus and all four stories featuring in this event were written while she lived and worked in Daylesford, where her writing ‘career’ really began.  Don’t worry – they’re fiction.
Monica McInerney is the author of twelve internationally bestselling novels and a short story collection, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and now divides her time between living in Australia and Ireland.  We grabbed her while she was here during COVID for this very special guest appearance. Her thirteenth novel, “The Godmothers” is out now.
Daylesford’s own storyteller, Anne E Stewart is an acclaimed storyteller with an international reputation. A versatile performer Anne has the energy and voice to engage any audience. Her focus is on the shared stories of Australia honouring Indigenous, Celtic, Asian and World stories. Anne has told stories in some of Australia’s major cultural institutions, art galleries and libraries as well as on ABC radio and TV. She has been invited guest at Storytelling festivals throughout Australia, the UK, Mexico, Colombia and Iran. Anne is a consummate MC with the ability to create shows tailored to her audience needs.
Maia Irell is our festival director who moved from the beaches of Santa Monica to Daylesford one cold winter 15 years ago. Since then she has sought ways to survive winter. Words In Winter is a good remedy. After the initial shock of the weather, she began immersing herself in this rich community. She has two awesome daughters and a Zoran, her very supportive husband (especially on the WIW weekend!). She loves poetry, art, great conversations and hopes to be a writer when she grows up. She is grateful for the amazing people who help with this community festival.


Price: $25/$20

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only releasing 50% of tickets now.

If those restrictions are lifted, we will release the remaining tickets 2 weeks before the festival.

So please don’t wait! If you want to attend, please book early. Thank you!



Daylesford Town Hall
76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia


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