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 Natalie Gretton


Trentham is a beautiful and vibrant little town nestled at the very top of the Great Dividing Range, halfway between Woodend and Daylesford – and just one hour from Melbourne. As always, this year Trentham’s Words in Winter boasts an exciting and varied program of wonderful wordy events!


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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 Bob Clutterbuck, clutters.bc@gmail.com

Kate Burridge, Christie Nieman, Cate Kennedy, Cheryl Kernot, Jenny
Hocking, John Flaus, Robin Annear, and last, but not least Queen
Victoria grace Newstead in August. “Words” has been stretched to take in
Art and Music. Checkout the online program.


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Contact Sharalyn Rozanski visits@clunesbooktown.com.au

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.