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August 27, 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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$25/ $20 concession/ $15 super concession/ Daylesford High School Students FREE.

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Set at the beautiful Bellinzona Hotel in Hepburn Springs, renowned authors, Dennis Altman and Carmel Bird talk about being Tasmanians from way back who became writers. They’ll chat about the what, why and how of writing.

Dennis’s newest book is God Save The Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies. His recent memoir is Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist.

Carmel Bird is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her first collection of short stories appeared in 1976. Since then she has published novels, essays, anthologies, children’s books and also manuals on how to write. Her most recent novel, Field of Poppies is a satire set in the present day in the area of the Victorian goldfields.
Her memoir, Telltale, was written during lockdown.

Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. Often compared to Germaine Greer’s Female Eunuch and Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, Altman’s work was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement.

Carmel Bird grew up in Tasmania and now lives in Castlemaine. She has published almost forty books including novels, short story collections, essays, anthologies, and manuals for writers. She is a popular teacher of writing, both here and overseas, and she is a regular book reviewer. Her books have been translated into several languages. In 2016 she received the Patrick White Award, and in 2022 she was honoured with a PhD from the University of Tasmania for her contribution to Literature. Her anthology The Stolen Children – Their Stories in 1998 was a landmark publication in the history of the First Peoples of this country.




Price: $$25 general / $20 Concession


77 Main Rd. Hepburn Springs,
Victoria 3461 Australia
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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.