2014 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WRITERS' FESTIVAL - IT'S A WRAP!
Jul 17, 2014
Last weekend saw over 1000 festival-goers attend sellout author in-conversations, workshops, free sessions and a superb literary dinner, all part of the 2014 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival.
Our new festival home at the Bradman Museum proved to be the perfect location, with festival-goers able to enjoy the Museum’s galleries and refreshments in between sessions. The “Bradman Punch” was a big hit on Opening Night, and the scones served for morning tea were not only the largest scones ever seen in the Highlands, they also proved to be the yummiest!
Festival highlights included the lovely Ann Eyers' (pictured below) winning performance at Fest Factor; Bob Carr’s impersonation of Gough Whitlam and Stefano Manfredi’s unforgettable dessert at the Literary Dinner!
Festivals of this size are not only the result of hundreds and hundreds of hours of work, but also due to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers… I could not produce an event of this quality without you! Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see you back in 2015.
Speaking of 2015, put 10-12 July into your diary for the 2015 SHWF!
Please keep referring to this website over the coming month for more details and in the meantime, happy reading and writing!
Jul 7, 2014
After 12 months in the planning, we are delighted to be welcoming you all to the 2014 SHWF, kicking off this Friday 11 July at the Bradman Museum!
Tickets for number of the sessions have sold out in advance, but if you are desperate to hear, Mike Carlton, Bob Carr, Hugh Mackay and Nikki Gemmell then check at our Festival Information Desk (in the lobby of the Bradman Museum) on both Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July in case there are a few returned tickets avaiable... you may be lucky!
You will be please to know that the team at the Bradman Museum will be opening a Festival Café in the Main Gallery of the venue dhring the Festival. They'll have tea, coffee and mouth-watering cakes for morning and afternoon tea available along with hearty winter lunch items like soups, pastas and wraps to enjoy...
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Jul 4, 2014
This time next week it will be the opening event for the 2014 SHWF and we can’t wait! We’re SO ready!
Over the past couple of years, we’ve had a large number of people approach us asking whether we could offer some events on how to get published. I am really excited to say that this year we will be offering both practical workshops AND an educational session on this very topic.
We also felt it was important to offer a range of different perspectives, so in the session aptly entitled, How to Get Published, we’ll hear from author Laura Greaves who had just published her first ebook; Valerie Khoo who is the founder of the Australian Writers’ Centre and Carol George (pictured), Commissioning Editor at Penguin Books. Between them, these ladies know a thing or two about publishing and it promises to be an interesting and highly informative discussion.
Tickets are $20 and selling fast. Click here to secure your ticket now…
Jul 1, 2014
With less than TWO weeks until the 2014 SHWF, Festival Fever has now definitely hit Bowral!
After many discussions with the local Council over the past two years, it was with enormous pride that, for the very first time, I watched the festival banner being erected over Bong Bong St over the weekend. Yes, we have finally made it! And now there really is no excuse for not knowing the 2014 SHWF is happening this month!
The Bookshop Bowral is also getting into the spirit, turning their entire front window over to the Festival with an awesome display of the books and photos of many of our featured authors.
I'm also delighted to announce that several of our sessions, and the 2014 Literary Dinner, have now sold out. However, there are still tickets to a number of sensational sessions still available, including a discussion with one of Australia’s most celebrated poets Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM. He will be in conversation with poet Mark Tredennick. And don’t forget the wonderful workshops on offer, not to mention the FREE sessions that are open to everyone to enjoy. Check out our program (above) and we'll look forward to seeing you there!
Jun 27, 2014
To kick off frivolities for this year's festival, the SHWF will be hosting a fun opening night event on Friday, July 11, called Fest Factor, that celebrates the myriad of talented locals we have right here in our region.
Fest Factor is a unique talent quest with a literary twist... It brings together a creative tribe of talented individuals from around our region to perform their unique works in front of an audience. It also offers contestants the opportunity to compete for the chance to win some remarkable prizes, including the first prize of a week-long writing retreat at The Rift, Bowral, valued at $5000!
It promises to be a riotous evening of fun and entertainment! Highlands resident and singer-songer writer Lindsay Drummond (pictured) will be just one of the acts performing.
This year’s theme is - BLOOD! All contestants must represent this word or topic in their presentation in some way - and the more creative the better. Audience members are also encouraged to dress in the theme, and prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed” on the night.
To register as a contestant (entry for contestants is free), please contact:
Kylie Matthews – Festival Associate Director
Tickets are $20. To secure your spot at the SHWF Fest Factor 2014, buy your ticket in advance right here, over the counter at The Bookshop Bowral.
Jun 23, 2014
As many of you already know, Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM, one of Australia’s most celebrated poets will be “in conversation” at the 2014 SHWF. We are beyond excited to now announce that poet Mark Tredinnick, will be interviewing Chris for this session.
Don’t miss what will be an extraordinary event - the coming together of two remarkably creative minds!
Tickets are selling fast, so we urge you to secure your seats today. Click here to purchase tickets...
Jun 20, 2014
We are delighted to announce that ABC TV’s Peter Lloyd has agreed to interview Bob Carr as part of the 2014 SHWF.
We are thrilled to have such a distinguished journalist join the line-up, and are expecting a fantastic conversation as a result!
Tickets to Bob Carr’s session are nearly sold out, so I urge you to buy your tickets today to secure your seat
Jun 13, 2014
As we count down the final four weeks to the 2014 SHWF, I am delighted to announce that renowned cricket journalist, commentator and author Mike Coward has signed on to moderated the session Hitting A Literary Six!
Mike is recognised as an international authority on cricket and its history and writes regularly on the game in major publications, including The Australian.
Tickets are $20 and available at The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St, Bowral - or right here.
Jun 6, 2014
There’s now only a month to go until the 2014 SHWF! As of right now we only have 25 tickets left for the Literary Dinner, which will take place on Saturday 12th July at Biota Dining in Bowral. A number of you have mentioned recently that you are still wanting to book tickets, so I urge you to do so ASAP as we are sure to sell out!
Don’t miss what will be one of the highlights of the 2014 Highlands’ social calendar, featuring one of the leading exponents of modern Italian cuisine in Australia, Stefano Manfredi. Our featured guests for the evening will be The Chaser’s Dom Knight and well known sport’s journalist and author Jesse Fink.
Tickets are $150 (including wine) and available at The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St or click right here to book them online.
May 30, 2014
Last Sunday we staged two ‘satellite’ events for the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) at the Bradman Museum in Bowral. And what a sensationally stimulating afternoon it was! The theatrette was packed to the rafters with people there to hear the Australian literary legend, David Malouf, in conversation with former Olympian and now prolific author, Lisa Forrest.
Following this, raconteur author and Francophile, John Baxter, had us all in peels of laughter, as he recounted many hilarious anecdotes from his life.
Invited to present this event by Jemma Birrell, the Creative Director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, was an enormous coup for the Southern Highlands and a great indication of the success to come for the SHWF in July!
Tickets are selling fast for our July festival so to avoid disappointment, please get in and book your seats ASAP.
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 4, 2014
Last night Michaela and I attended the launch party of the 2014 Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) in Walsh Bay. It was a terrific night with hundreds of journalists, publishing folk and friends converging on Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay in anticipation of the unveiling of their 2014 program.
As SWF Artistic Director Jemma Birrell rolled off the names of high profile writers from around the globe who will feature in the Festival program this year, there were gasps and whoops of surprise and joy from the crowd. Alice Walker, Eleanor Catton, Irvine Welsh, Amy Tan, Tim Finn, Dav Pilkey, Emma Donoghue ... and many, many more extraordinary names! It's going to be an amazing Festival! You can now peruse the SWF program and buy tickets on their website. Or wait until this Saturday and get your program lift-out from the Sydney Morning Herald.
We're thrilled to announce that the SHWF is also a part of this year's Sydney Writers' Festival program! We are hosting two sessions on Sunday, May 25 at the Bradman Museum in Bowral. They will feature Burradoo resident Terry Hayes whose debut novel, I am Pilgrim has become an international sensation. Now published in 21 countries, this expansive and intelligent spy-thriller is continuing to climb bestseller lists all around the world. Terry is also an iconic screenwriter and producer, having penned the scripts of some of Australia's greatest films and mini-series, such as Mad Max, Dead Calm, Bangkok Hilton, Bodyline and The Dismissal. He'll be in conversation with ABC Illawarra's Nick Rheinberger. You can book your tickets right here or purchase them over the counter at The Bookshop Bowral, 309 Bong Bong St, Bowral.
We are also delighted to welcome Frankophile ex-pat John Baxter back to the Southern Highlands. Paris has been both home and inspiration to John for the past 25 years. He has written endless books on Paris as well as biographies of Federico Fellini, Louis Bunuel, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Robert de Niro and three autobiographical works. He is also the co-director of the annual Paris Writers Workshop, a non-profit association offering educational courses and cultural activities to serve the Anglophone community in Paris. He has a strong and proud connection to the Southern Highlands, which he reveals in his latest book, Paris at the End of the World. You can book your tickets right here or purchase them over the counter at The Bookshop Bowral, 309 Bong Bong St, Bowral.
Mar 17, 2014
Jul 14, 2013
Thank you to all participants, volunteers and festival-goers for making it such a big success. See you next year.
Jul 9, 2013
Jul 2, 2013
On Sunday afternoon, as the clouds parted and the sun (finally) peeked through, the SHWF team at Festival HQ in Bowral were hosting a soiree to welcome our 2013 Festival Volunteers! A sincere and heartfelt thank you to each and every person in our WONDERFUL team of generous vollies.
Jun 24, 2013
Ta-da! The Southern Highlands Writers' Festival has opened up a surprise pop-up shop in the main street of Bowral!
Festival HQ is located at Shop 2/328 Bong Bong Street, Bowral - next door to the Bowral Cafe and directly across the road from the Empire Cinemas.
Professionally designed and constructed, the shop is a warm and friendly space where you can peruse the bios and books of featured writers and performers at this year's Festival and also buy your Festival tickets.
We're open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm from now until the Festival, so come on in for a chat with Festival Director Michaela Bolzan and the Festival team! We'd love to meet you...
Jun 16, 2013
Award-winning poet Mark Tredinnick is featured on the front cover of the latest issue of World Literature Today magazine!
You can join Festival Director Michaela Bolzan and Mark Tredinnick for an up close and personal soiree to open the 2013 SHWF. Mark will be in conversation about his life, work and creative process. Friday, July 12 @ 8pm, Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral. Tickets $20
I wonder... will Honey be joining us too, Mark??
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 4, 2013
Here are five BIG reasons why you should come to the SHWF Literary Dinner, July 13, Berkelouw Book Barn, Berrima.
We don't want you to miss out - so please book your tickets as soon as possible and we'll see you there!
May 27, 2013
The SHWF team were in Sydney yesterday enjoying the final day of this year's Sydney Writers' Festival. We had such an inspiring day surrounded by so many like-minded people passionate about books, writing, reading and creativity. We hope you managed to get there, too. If not, we'll see you at the SHWF in July instead!
May 22, 2013
Michaela Bolzan and the SHWF Team are busy preparing the Festival's ticket distribution today... so if you've already bought your tickets you can expect them in your letter box VERY soon.
Have you bought your tickets yet?
May 17, 2013
The SHWF team are passionate about children's literacy. Which is why this year we're so thrilled to be able to offer a FREE session for parents about the I Can Read System at our Kids' Day on Friday, July 12 (11.30am). EVERYONE is welcome!! Find out more about this exciting literacy program here.
May 15, 2013
May 10, 2013
The official 2013 SHWF program launch party on Wednesday night proved to be a spectacular event! The champagne flowed, the Gallery room at the Gibraltar Hotel in Bowral was packed to its high ceilings with guests and a huge buzz of anticipation filled the room...
It was a wonderful night and, with the Festival program now revealed and tickets on sale, Festival Director Michaela Bolzan says it's now over to you to get on board and support your local festival. "Buy a ticket and tell your family, friends, book club and colleagues to come along because without everyone's support, we won't be able to sustain the financial costs of staging such a big event in subsequent years," she says.
May 8, 2013
In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks of their delivery Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s own speech about misogyny and sexism in Parliament went viral and was celebrated around the world. In her new book, The Misogyny Factor, Anne dismisses the idea that we should celebrate the progress for women as opposed to outright success and shows us what success will look like. Buy tickets here.
May 3, 2013
May 1, 2013
Following the success of the inaugural Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival last year, we are delighted to be offering an even bigger and better event this year. Some of Australia’s finest writers of books poetry, TV and plays will be gathering in Bowral for this exciting three day event.
Winter in the Southern Highlands is a truly special time, so put on a wooly sweater, grab your reading glasses and join hundreds of book lovers on a literary pilgrimage to the picturesque town of Bowral! Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Bowral is located only 90 minutes drive from both Sydney and Canberra.
The Festival will be held at the stunning Gibraltar Hotel & Spa, who are offering special accommodation packages to festival-goers. Tickets to the Festival, Literary Dinner and Fest Factor are selling fast, so click here to secure your seat today.
We look forward to welcoming you at the festival soon!