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September 2021

Good Storytelling: How To Do It – with Mark Dickenson

September 25, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: 10/ 15

Have a story stuck in your head? Mark Dickenson discusses ways of getting it out, with tips on structure, character, archetypes and other crafty tools for aspiring and emerging writers. Writing a good story requires more than just your brilliant idea - these tips and insights will help make your story truly soar. This workshop would suit aspiring writers, both local and visiting.   Mark DIckenson     Mark Dickenson has been teaching storytelling in Daylesford for almost seven years, and learning…

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Poet Ross Gillett book launch hosted by Richard Perry

September 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Town Hall, 74 Vincent St Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: 20/$10 Full Price, $5 Concession.

This is the hometown launch of Ross Gillett’s book The Mirror Hurlers, which had its Australian launch last year in Melbourne. Ross is indeed a local, but is well-known at the national level, and has won or been placed or shortlisted in a number of major Australian poetry awards, including the Newcastle and the Peter Porter poetry prizes. The Mirror Hurlers, published by Puncher and Wattmann, will be launched by Richard Perry, an Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts at York University,…

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Daylesford Writers Group – Live Reading #3 of their Stories

September 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: free

After a captivating & unforgettable evening at Words in Winter 2019, Daylesford’s own multi-skilled writing group are back with a brand new hour of storytelling power. Listening never sounded so good! This session includes the rich and diverse talents of Liz Betts, Anna Irwin-Schutze, Shelley Sandow & Mark Dickenson. Free event but please book online for this event due to Covid-19 rules. Mark Dickenson has been teaching storytelling in Daylesford for almost five years, and learning about storytelling for almost…

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Book launch- Robyne HypGothic @ The Hot Choc. Co.

September 25, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
hot chocolate co, 22 Raglan St, Daylesford VIC,
3460 Australia
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Book and Publishing House Launch! The Tycoon’s Undercover Daughter Book Launch, a family friendly book. Robyne HypGothic has been an avid writer for most of her life, writing short stories, books and poetry. Primarily an author of horror and paranormal, it has only been in later years that Robyne began writing in the romance genre. Robyne began writing a romance book as a challenge to upturn, twist, change and parody the accepted romance tropes, having found them to be disempowering…

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

September 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $25/$20

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 🍷 https://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/authors/kennedy-cate Performers include: Cate…

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Author Konrad Marshall talks about Richmond’s premierships

September 25, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Victoria Park Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Author of "Yellow & Black: A Season with Richmond", "Stronger & Bolder: A Finals Series with Richmond", and "The Hard Way: The story of Richmond's 13th Premiership", Konrad Marshall will deliver a talk focusing around these 3 books as he explores the highs and lows of this great Richmond era. After his talk, Konrad will then be joined for an open panel discussion with Cameron Schwab (former CEO of Richmond FC) and Matt Pearce who was the Head Trainer during…

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Petrus Spronk: My Life as an Artist in 8 Short Stories & Book Launch

September 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Convent Gallery Chapel, 7 Daly Street Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: 5/ 10

My life as an artist in 8 short stories, a story per decade: an illustrated talk by Daylesford's own artist, Petrus Spronk. Please join us for an event hosted and created by the formidable and beloved Petrus Spronk, we invite you to this special event. This talk will happen 2 x: the first in the chapel of The Convent Gallery on August 21st  @ 7:30 pm and the second at Yandoit Uniting Church in Yandoit on August 28 @ 7pm.…

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Jingjing Xue talks about his book, Shanghai Acrobat

September 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: 10/ 15

Recruited from an orphanage at just nine, Jingjing Xue rose to be a star acrobat in China, suffered political exile land survived to train gold medal winners in Melbourne. He will show a short film and talk on his new book, Shanghai Acrobat. For readers of Mao’s Last Dancer comes the inspiring true story of a world-famous acrobat who left communist China to begin a new life in Australia. Jingjing Xue was born in China in 1947, during a period…

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The Novel Approach From 3 Perspectives hosted by Jane Sullivan

September 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Town Hall, 74 Vincent St Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $20 general / $15 Concession

Join us at this roundtable of authors! Highly praised novelist Erina Reddan, Daylesford author and translator Catherine de Saint Phalle and Emmy award winning script writer and thriller novelist Gabriel Bergmoser tackle the ins and outs of novel writing under the guidance of Age book columnist Jane Sullivan. Award winning foreign correspondent, and novelist Erina Reddan:  “...a visceral sense of what daily life was like a few decades ago for children and wives in impoverished families headed by hard-line men”.…

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Conversations in Poetry by Gordon Nightingale

September 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
The Convent Gallery, Daly St Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: free

Local Gordon Nightingale presents poems that are a mixture of philosophical stories with humour.

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Stephen Downes discusses his novel, The Hands of Pianists, with Hilary McPhee

September 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $20 general / $15 Concession

Melbourne writer Stephen Downes unspools the threads of his remarkable debut novel, The Hands of Pianists, assisted by Hilary McPhee. Downes "...breaks every rule about art I know...but every school and municipal library in the country should rush to get hold of it." Peter Craven, The Australian. Stephen Downes is a writer, journalist, and editor who lives in Melbourne, Australia. In April 2020, his story Last Meal won the UK Fiction Factory’s short-story competition. He has also published some dozen…

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Louise Milligan & Kevin Childs talk about her new book, Witness

September 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $25 general / $20 Concession

"Witness is an important, disturbing book." Roy Williams for The Age. ABC investigative gun Louise Milligan explores the savage cost of seeking justice as detailed in her new book, Witness, in conversation with Kevin Childs. + books available for purchase. https://thestellaprize.com.au/prize/2021-prize/witness/ Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC TV Four Corners program. She covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Her exclusive stories for the ABC TV 7.30 program on the allegations against George Pell…

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THE GHOSTS HAVE NEVER LEFT- Marie & John Watt in conversation with local storyteller, Anne E Stewart

September 26, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $15/ $10 concession

Listen as we uncover stories of the Goldfields, their ghosts and their memories. ‘THE GHOSTS HAVE NEVER LEFT – Victorian Gold Rush Towns and the Stories They Could Tell’, published by CREATOURS PRESS, captures in words and images both the glory days and haunting reminders of 21 Victorian Gold Rush towns, which today are either small, sleepy or non-existent. Alongside each town the authors have recounted a connected, important and often little known tale of Victoria’s diverse and fascinating past.…

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Permaculture Pioneers- Su Dennett and David Holmgren Talk

September 26, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $15 general / $10 concession

Join locals Su Dennett and her partner, David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator, for an intimate and candid Q+A session about all things permaculture. From the macro to the micro, from geopolitical perspectives to our compost heaps, no question is too big or too small to pose to these two pioneers whose lives are the embodiment of the permaculture ethics and principles. David Suzuki dubs permaculture ‘Australia’s greatest intellectual export’. Whilst population growth and consumption levels are pushing our Planet towards a…

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Writing Competition Prize & Venie Holmgren Poetry Prize announcements

September 26, 2021 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St. Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: Free

Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry prize award & reading of the winning poem. Competition can be found here: https://holmgren.com.au/the-2021-venie-holmgren-environmental-poetry-prize/ "The Stranger" Writing Competition Winner to be announced. Competition can be found here: https://wordsinwinter.com/short-story-competition-2021/ And closing of the festival. Share a drink, a story and relax by the metaphorical fire. Wine, Cocktails, Poetry and Farewell Join us for a drink and de-brief. Book in advance as seating is limited. Due to possible restrictions, you must book in advance for this event.  

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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.