Opening weekend highlights – Sunday

Sunday morning started early with a booked out Mushroom Cultivation masterclass with Milkwood Permaculture, followed by the U3A story circle next door at Hotel Frangos. Michael Webster then had us captivated by all sorts of fascinating facts on the publishing...

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Opening weekend highlights

We are so grateful to everyone who braved the crazy weather on the weekend and joined us for a heartwarming, soul nourishing, intellect enhancing weekend. The festival kicked off with a beautiful Welcome to Country by Rebecca Phillips of Dja Dja Wurrung. Then Arnold...

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Festival Verse: Anthony Petrucci sings Patrick Jones

This is a slow text mesostic poem by Patrick Jones. Anthony Petrucci sets many of Patrick's poems to his music. This is one of the songs he will be playing at his Words in Winter event. You'll have two chances to catch the calming soulful music of Anthony Petrucci at...

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Festival Spotlight: Elderhood, What Really Matters.

Di Percy, with a background in business and psychology and with long experience guiding company and personal transitions, gives us a brief overview of what we can expect from her session Elderhood: What really matters at Words in Winter this year.     Although this...

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Festival Spotlight: The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

The Rain Never Came     In a thirsty, drought-stricken Australia, the country is well and truly sunburnt. As the Eastern states are evacuated to more appealing climates, a stubborn few resist the forced removal. They hide out in small country towns – where no one...

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Festival Verse: People are Poems by Niel Vaughan

People are Poems If people are people & poems are poems then music & rhyme are no more than moans & groans & the Sphinx & pyramids heaps of stones If poems are people & people are poems you are the sprite under the astrodome searching chestnut trees in lavender fields...

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Festival Spotlight: Sandi Wallace

Award winning local crime writer Sandi Wallace shares some insights on why she loves writing rural crime thrillers.     There is a saying ‘Write the book you want to read’, and that’s what I do. I write rural crime thrillers. They are contemporary—of our time and...

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Festival Book Review: Farewell Dear People by Ross McMullin

One of the real pleasures of Words in Winter is getting to hear those fascinating insights about a favourite book, directly from the author. In this series of posts, we will be introducing some of this year’s guest speakers, and reviewing one of their works. Hopefully...

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Festival Spotlight: Dee White

Dee White has written 18 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Letters to Leonardo, Hope for Hanna, A Duel of Words and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure. Dee's stories are inspired by real events and situations, and her...

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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.