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August 2019

Pub Talk! Authors Ilka Tampke & Kelly Gardiner in convo about historical fiction.

August 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: Free event hosted by Hocking Stuart Daylesford

Two authors discuss writing historical fiction. Kelly Gardiner reads from her most recent novel; Ilka Tampke reads from her new book and talks about early Celtic history and the importance of our connection to place. Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction and fantasy for readers of all ages. Her new series is the time-slip trilogy, The Firewatcher Chronicles, which begins with Brimstone. Kelly teaches creative writing at La Trobe University. Ilka Tampke lives in Woodend, Victoria. Her latest novel, Songwoman, can be read…

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Flash Fiction: An Exquisite Corpse

August 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $5

Reading the Lifeline: An Exquisite Corpse involves 5 writers rotating through 10 pieces of flash fiction (2 each, 4 mins a piece). Each piece corresponds to a consecutive decade in a life. Jason Nahrung (MC and performer): co-convenor of Ballarat's Words Out Loud, a published writer, editor and journalist. Kirstyn McDermott: co-convenor of Ballarat's Words Out Loud, a published writer. Megan Riedl: playwright, theatre director/producer, and writer. Rebecca Fletcher: writer and editor. Zoe Werner: writer. Megan, Rebecca and Zoe are…

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The Artists’ Revelations by Petrus Spronk

August 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Convent Gallery, Daly St Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $10 / $5

Hosted and created by the formidable and beloved Petrus Spronk, we invite you to this special event where music and art merge. It is a project involving 4 artists, 2 musicians and 1 creative spirit. It will be a magic event where, with the assistance of technology, the artist appears in his or her own painting from where (s)he talks to us about his/her life and passion. Then will show the result of this passion with a series of images…

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Poetry and Performance

August 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Poems about life, plants, trees, people, and things that happen to people. Songs original with a story behind them. Growing up in India as an Angl-Indian, memories in the Himalayas people and places in Australia... Vanessa Craven hales from Mussoorie in the Himalaya Mountains. She now lives in Daylesford, having made the tree change from Melbourne a few years ago. Music, art, poetry and writing short stories with a zing is her thing! Her poetry resonates with people's experiences and connections…

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U3A Stories

August 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Frangos Hotel Function Room, 82 Vincent Street, Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: by donation

Be entertained by the wonderful members of U3A Hepburn’s writing circle who will share their short, fascinating, historic and humorous stories about LIFE.

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Di Percy: Elders Circle – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Festival Hub (Senior Citizens Hall), 76 Vincent street Daylesford,
Vic 3460 Australia
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Price: $15

The Elders Circle is a gathering to talk about life in transition to elderhood & life as an elder. Open to any self-defined elders, those in mid-life & others who wish to participate to talk about elders in their life or to listen to what others have to say. This is a talk and workshop. Di is making paths into more ways of reaching people with messages about life, hope and meaning. She spoke at the Science and Non Duality…

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Mini Masterclass. INTRO TO: social media and podcasting.

August 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $20 Full

Mini masterclass in 30 minutes each! Podcast Producer Jarrod Pickford of The Clever Podcast Company tells you how to start your own podcast. Anna Czernak from Shine Communication shares her knowledge on social media and maybe even a little digital marketing.

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Workshop: Character Development with Les Zig

August 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Price: $15/ $10

Writing workshop on character development. Where does your character begin their story and where do they end it? What is the journey they take and how does it change them? Les Zig is the author of three novels: 'August Falling' (Pantera Press 2018), 'Just Another Week in Suburbia' (Pantera Press 2017), and the YA novel 'Pride' (Pinion Press 2017). He's also had three screenplays optioned. His unpublished manuscripts and unproduced screenplays have placed in various competitions and awards. He's also…

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Arnold Zable and Cate Kennedy in conversation

August 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $10

Cate Kennedy and Arnold Zable take to the stage in a freewheeling conversation about the art & craft of storytelling, both oral & written, their love of the written word, & the many influences on their work. They will draw on their published works across many genres—fiction & non-fiction, short stories & novels, memoir, biography, & poetry—to reflect upon the relationship between literature & life's joys & catastrophes.

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Nikki Marshall presents: Open Mic Yandoit

August 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yandoit Uniting Church, Church Road Yandoit,
Vic 3461 Australia
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Price: Free event

Celebrating life in story, song and poem': At this session, held in Yandoit, locals are invited to share stories about life, via spoken word, song and poetry. As an open mic event, people will have 5 to 10 minutes to tell their story, in their chosen format. The sharing of stories strengthens our connection as neighbours and our knowledge of one another. It also builds bridges between established residents and new comers. People may choose to share stories, song and…

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Claire Coleman on her book, Terra Nullius with Emily McCulloch Childs in conversation.

August 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: $10

Publishers Weekly said "Coleman stuns with this imaginative, astounding debut about colonisation." Coleman is a Wirlomin-Noongar writer and poet. "She writes of a dry land where settlers enslave the natives and carry out a ruthless extermination campaign against those they cannot pacify..." In conversation with writer & curator Emily McCulloch Childs. Join us for a conversation discussing colonisation, Australian history and speculative science fiction. Here is an excerpt from Clare Coleman's dystopian Australian novel, Terra Nullius: "Jacky was running. There…

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Petrus Spronk Artist Talk

August 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: by donation at the door

This year Petrus will talk about the lies and truths with which every artist as a story teller nourishes himself and from which he builds up his practice. Because it is where truth and lies overlap that art and poetry hang out. Limited seating so please book in advance. Petrus Spronk is best known for his writing, his architecture (the recognizable ‘Architectural Fragment’ in Swanston Street Melbourne), his outstanding work as a ceramicist, and his passion for the environment as…

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Venie Holmgren Poetry Prize announcement & entertainment with Cate Kennedy

August 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Daylesford Hotel Back Bar, 2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460
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Price: By donation at the door.

MC Cate Kennedy Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry prize award & reading of the winning poem. And closing of the festival. Share a drink, a story and relax by the fire. Cocktails, Poetry and Farewell Join us for a drink and de-brief. Book in advance as seating is limited.

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The Artists’ Revelations by Petrus Spronk in Yandoit

August 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yandoit Uniting Church, Church Road Yandoit,
Vic 3461 Australia
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Price: $10/$5 Concession

The magic of art provides the spice of life. Local artists & musicians get together to create an event where the artist appears in his or her own painting from where (s)he talks to us a bout his/her life and passion. With musical accompaniment. Organisor and creative spirit: Petrus Spronk Local artists: Kim Barter, Keele Breen, Basil Eliades & Kevin Smith Local musicians: Shohn Murnane and Adam Menedazzo

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Biggest Blanket Fort Ever!

August 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Town Hall, 74 Vincent St Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia
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Price: $5 per person / $10 per family

Words in Winter Family Fun Day and Children's Writing Awards Bring some blankets, sheets, cushions & all the family to help construct the world's biggest cosy cubby to play in. Wear your PJ’s and bring your favourite cuddle toy. Then snuggle up to hear stories and celebrate children's writing. 11 am – 1 pm Blanket Fort - Build and Play - Families welcome 1 - 1.30 pm BYO lunch to eat in your cubby. 1.30 pm Inside Out Junior Theatre…

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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.