Top writers bring words to Daylesford

Some of Australia’s leading authors have signed up for the 15th anniversary Words in Winter writers’ festival.

They include the multi-award winning author, distinguished speechwriter and commentator Don Watson, leading human rights advocate Julian Burnside QC, outstanding author Cate Kennedy,  celebrated writer and rights advocate Arnold Zable, prize-winner Paul Daley and the award-winning ABC journalist Louise Milligan, author of a hot new book on Cardinal George Pell.

Their common theme will be the topic of Origins. In this they will be joined by stories or refugees and others from afar.  Add book launches, children’s shows and workshops, a

A family portrait by Hilary Finch
A family portrait by Hilary Finch

poetry prize, a short story competition, and typewriters in cafes ready for patrons to peck at and continue a story and you have an ideas-packed on the weekend of August 4th & 6th.

New books to be launched include works on fermentation and blended families, while “rainbow families”  take the spotlight in verse and prose at a  LGBT night.

And at what other writers’ festival would you find an event in a funeral parlour?  The grave atmosphere will be relieved by spirited tales on the gravity of grief.

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Images: Origins, an oil painting by local artist Josh Bowes
 My Family by Hilary Finch