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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Patrick Jones on Change and Chance

Daylesford’s own Patrick Jones, one fifth of Artist as Family takes his chances in the big smoke. An imaginative reflection on this year’s theme, Change and Chance. https://vimeo.com/3862815 Patrick is joined by Poets Michael Farrell and Toby...

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Festival Verse: You & Me Us & We by Niel Vaughan

You & Me Us & We  Are we only allowed to walk like the apes we resemble? & only worship at our father’s temple? Speak only the tongues of our mothers? May we ask how long it takes to NOT be the other? How much blood it takes to make us human? Or are we free to love...

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Festival Book Review: Reason and Lovelessness by Barry Hill

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 Book Review: The Good Country by Bain Attwood

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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Pre-programme launch night at the Woodshed.

What a tremendous start to this year's festival season! Thank you to everyone who turned up at the Friday night pre-programme launch to celebrate the start of another year of Words in Winter.   We eased into the evening with some smooth sounds on keyboard from Marlin...

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Venie Holmgren Prize winner 2017

Firstly, thank you to the 141 entrants in the 2017 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. Each and every poem that was entered was a pleasure to read. A big thank you also goes to Fiona Hile + Ross Gillett for judging the Prize and for coming along to...

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Storytelling at the library

Dodge the rain and bring the kids down to the free Storytelling event this Sat 19 Aug, Daylesford Library, 10.30 - 11.30am. Hear stories from the wonderful Anne E Stewart, and find out who wins the Children's Writing Awards. Children will read from their...

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This year’s theme – Change and Chance.

Coming this August! Our 16th annual writers' festival in our lovely village. The theme is CHANGE and CHANCE. Bring your minds and hearts and warm up in intimate venues around Daylesford with great minds from around the region and 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.