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August 2021

Clever Towns Crossword

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Daylesford Library, Cnr Bridport & Albert Streets Daylesford,
VIC 3460
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Price: Free

This is a Shire-wide event where towns compete against each other trying to solve the Snodger’s crossword puzzle. Come and Join in at the Daylesford Library.

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Women in Mythology Hosted by Frances Guerin

August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wheatsheaf, 55 Whitegum Drive Wheatsheaf,
Victoria Australia
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Price: free

Come and share in a listening circle the myth that resonates with your life journey. Archeologist Marija Gimbutas’ discoveries of goddess figurines of old Europe rewrote the Neolithic history as peaceful because no weapons were found at the extensive dig sites, but hundreds of small female figurines, personifying nature and fertility. Exhibition of Ceramic pots, Women of Interest, Circle dance. 55 WHITEGUM DRIVE, Wheatsheaf ANY ISSUES, CONTACT FRANCES GUERIN 5348.7657 GOLD COIN DONATION

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Fireside Funeral Chat hosted by Beverly Risstrom

August 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $25 general / $15 Concession

As an experienced celebrant, Beverly has sat with innumerable families who suddenly find they have to plan and organise a funeral. Usually stunned, grief-stricken, in shock or exhausted, the friends or family of the dearly departed (i.e., YOU) find they now must make 101 unfamiliar decisions fast. Don’t be that guy! Join Beverly for a conversation around planning a funeral in a relaxed and informal atmosphere (you can even have a glass of wine in your hand). She will give…

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Fireside Funeral Chat hosted by Beverly Risstrom @ DH back bar

August 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: 15/25

As an experienced celebrant, Beverly has sat with innumerable families who suddenly find they have to plan and organise a funeral. Usually stunned, grief-stricken, in shock or exhausted, the friends or family of the dearly departed (i.e., YOU) find they now must make 101 unfamiliar decisions fast. Don’t be that guy! Join Beverly for a conversation around planning a funeral in a relaxed and informal atmosphere (you can even have a glass of wine in your hand). She will give…

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The Lost Writers Club with Lu Sexton

August 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $20

Do you have a half-finished novel or a stack of stories tucked away in the bottom drawer? Do you want to find a way to get back into it? One of the best ways to get back a writing habit is to be in a writing group. But how do you find other local writers? Maybe here, at the Lost Writers Club. Hosted by local editor and writing coach, Lu Sexton, the evening will be part workshop, part meet up.…

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Ian Scott: The Women Cook Left Behind- a Performance

August 19 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: 10/5

Written by Hepburn Springs local, Ian Scott. The session will intersperse scene readings from the new play The Last Voyage of Mrs Cook with poems written about the inner Captain Cook. It is 1832. Mrs Cook is 83 years old. The play explores the disintegrating landscape of Mrs Cook's mind and relationship with her maid as they grapple with Admiralty requests for any remaining Cook correspondence and how to deal with Cook's returning ghost, his legacy and his possessions. Ian…

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Tony Kelly and Rebecca Lister talk about Growing Pineapples in the Outback

August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Literary Lounge (aka Senior Cits), 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: $5/ $10

GROWING PINEAPPLES IN THE OUTBACK (UQP) REBECCA LISTER AND TONY KELLY Meet the Authors:  Join Rebecca Lister and Tony Kelly, in conversation with poet Terry Jaensch as they discuss their book Growing Pineapples in the Outback, followed by a short reading from the book and a QnA session with the audience. When Rebecca Lister and Tony Kelly move from Melbourne to Mount Isa to care for Rebecca’s elderly mother, Diana, they have no idea what they’ve signed up for. The isolation,…

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Dennis Altman in conversation with Neil Pharaoh: God Save The Queen and Unrequited Love-

August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Town Hall, 74 Vincent St Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $25 general / $20 Concession

Renowned author and activist, Dennis Altman talks with Neil Pharoah. Celebrating the publication of his new book, God Save The Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies and his recent memoir, Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist, this conversation will explore sexual politics, our obsession with the United States and our equally strange obsession with royalty. To follow this talk, the bar will be open so join us to toast to the opening of our writers' festival! Aperitif from our sponsors, Passing Clouds wine and Hepburn…

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The Cicada Story Slam is back!

August 19 @ 7:30 pm - September 23 @ 8:30 pm
Literary Lounge (aka Senior Cits), 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: $10/ $15

Back by popular demand, The Cicada Story Slam! This year's theme: RELENTLESS. The Cicada Story Slam is the brainchild of renowned Daylesford storyteller, Anne E Stewart. It is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling and is modelled on story slams, like The Moth in New York and ABC’s Now Hear This. Our series is unique in aiming to tell the story of our community by asking tellers to share their personal stories about the Hepburn Shire. Anne E.…

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Workshop- Non-fiction writing with Kevin Childs

August 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Literary Lounge (aka Senior Cits), 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: 20

Got a story worth telling? Kevin Childs can help you frame anything non-fiction from profiles to adventure, drawing on his university teaching, 11 newspapers and eight books. $20.

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Writing Workshop with Les Zig

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Literary Lounge (aka Senior Cits), 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: $20

Characters are about more than just names and descriptions. They are as real to us as the people in our lives. Learn how to build three-dimensional characters who will drive your story and shape the events around them. Bio: Les Zig is the author of three novels: Song of the Curlew (Pinion Press 2019), August Falling (Pantera Press 2018), and Just Another Week in Suburbia (Pantera Press 2017). He’s also had three screenplays optioned. His unpublished manuscripts and unproduced screenplays…

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Georgiana Houghton, Spiritualist Artist presented by Jeff Stewart

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $5/ $10

Join us for a book launch and talk on Georgiana Houghton, A Gift from Spirit: a catalogue of works held at the Victorian Spiritualists’ Union. Edited and contributions by Daylesford's own Jeff Stewart and designed by Ian Robinson. Georgiana Houghton (1814–1884), was an English artist and a Spiritualist. She attended her first séance in 1859 at the age of forty-five, and began guided water colour and gouache drawing in July 1861, creating what are now recognized as the first abstract…

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Noticing Nature: A salve for Trying Times

August 20 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Join Tanya Loos, author of Daylesford Nature Diary: six seasons in the foothill forests in this exploration of our connection to nature here in the Wombat Forest and surrounds. Tanya will talk about our local weather cycles, and how our flora and fauna respond to the seasons. Noticing these cycles can help ground us in place, and provide a source of joy. The craft of nature journaling is discussed. https://tanyaloos.com/

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Three Unordinary Tales – to open the festival to our young

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Literary Lounge (aka Senior Cits), 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: $5/ $10

Readings and talk with local authors/ illustrators with slide show. Three Unordinary Tales - to open the festival to our young Readings by local authors/ illustrators with slide show.  Be the first to get into this new, special series, curated by the festival for our young ones, our teenage ones and those unlimited by age and young at heart. Join us in realms where nothing is for certain: a fable is fractured in the forest, a river runs deep deep…

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Kelly Gardiner and Cate Kennedy on How To Get Your Kids Reading

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Literary Lounge (aka Senior Cits), 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: Free for kids/ adults $10

Screens driving you up the wall? Two accomplished writers offer invaluable insights into how to get your offspring into reading. Kelly Gardiner is a writer, editor and educator. Her current series is The Firewatcher Chronicles, time slip novels for readers 8-12. Her other books include The Sultan's Eyes and Act of Faith, historical novels for young adults set during the time of the English Civil Wars and the Inquisition. Festival favourite and regular, Cate Kennedy writes across most genres –…

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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.