Other Festival Towns

Over the years, Words in Winter has expanded to include more towns in the region. To discover what’s happening in these towns, click on the town link.


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Contact Diane Parsons wiw@trentham.org.au

Nestled at the top of the Great Dividing Range mid-way between Woodend and Daylesford, approximately one hour from Melbourne, Trentham is a very special township and the perfect base to explore the many attractions of these areas.


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Contact Bill Weidner rendiew1@gmail.com

The Creswick Words in Winter Committee claims the third weekend in August as a time for the celebration of words in all their forms. This year with the Verse and Visions exhibition we look to combine the visual and the literary arts through the intertextuality of inspiration between the verbal and the visual.


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Contact Monika Roleff indigo_moon22@hotmail.com

Enjoy a fireside gathering of local writers and poets reading works accompanied by fine wines and finger food. Railway Precinct now restored and patrons can enjoy art displays, garden culture, great silo views and photo opportunities at this heritage listed site.


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Contact David Stratton davidhughstratton@gmail.com

It’s nearly August and that, in Newstead means a celebration of words in and around this town – Words in Winter. This is everything and anything to do with words, displayed with great enthusiasm and launched on Friday 31 July at Pocket Gallery along with Marj Drury’s fascinating and surprising collection of USB sticks!


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Contact Lily Mason lilymason75@gmail.com

The small historic township of Clunes lies half-way between Ballarat and Maryborough. Clunes was the site of Victoria’s first gold strike in 1851 which led to a gold rush which swept through central Victoria, resulting in a massive population boost for the state and great wealth for many. These days, Clunes is an agricultural, pastoral and tourist township, nestled in a scenic valley.

Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.