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Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival - Saturday 15 July

Andrew Ford talks about The Memory of Music at SHWF 2017

Andrew Ford

Host of The Music Show on ABC Radio National, Andrew, tells his life story, in a moving and evocative memoir, The Memory of Music. From his early childhood in the Beatles-crazy Liverpool, to his evolving work as a composer and choral conductor Andrew shares the vivid musical experiences that have shaped his life. 

Dr Simon Longstaff talks about his new book Everyday Ethics

Dr Simon Longstaff

Simon is the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, co-founder of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and has been named one of the True Leaders of the 21st century by AFR BOSS magazine. In Everyday Ethics, Simon explains how we can live a more ethical life, starting with the decisions we make every day.

Julia Baird will be talking about her book Victoria: The Woman who Made the Modern World at SHWF 2017

Julia Baird

Julia is a journalist, broadcaster and the host of The Drum on ABCTV. Her biography of Queen Victoria was published simultaneously in the US, UK and Australia, and has been a critical and commercial success.

Joyce Morgan will be talking about her latest book Martin Sharp – His Life and Times at SHWF 2017

Joyce Morgan

Joyce is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. In her latest work, Martin Sharp – His Life and Times, Joyce explores the life of the charismatic, unconventional, unique and surprising Martin Sharp, the founder of Oz magazine.

Meg Keneally will be talking about her book The Monsarrat Series at SHWF 2017

Meg Keneally

Meg started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. Currently, Meg is co-writing a gripping historical crime series, under the title The Monsarrat Series, with her father, author, Tom Keneally.

Stefano Manfredi will cook from his new cookbook New Pizza at SHWF 2017

Stefano Manfredi

The 2017 Literary Dinner will be a celebration of Italian food and theatre. Guest chef, Stefano Manfredi, will be cooking from his latest cookbook, New Pizza. The highlight of the evening will be a performance by renowned Italian actor, Marco Quaglia, and Michaela Bolzan, in a one-act play called A Dream, But Perhaps Not?


Editing For Success Workshop - Tuesday 18 July

Siboney Duff will conduct the editing for success workshop at SHWF 2017

Siboney Duff

Got a manuscript and feeling overwhelmed as to what to do next? In this workshop, in conjunction with the Friends of the Wingecarribee Libraries, Siboney Duff will focus on the editorial process, teaching participants how to edit their work for clarity, narrative drive, reader engagement and publication.


About the Festival

The Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival was established in 2012 in the NSW country town of Bowral. The Festival attracts some of Australia’s leading writers and thinkers and past speakers have included Mike Carlton, Robert Dessaix, Nikki Gemmell, David Malouf and Don Watson, to name just a few. One of the highlights of the Festival is the Literary Dinner, where guest chefs work with local chefs to create unique and incredibly memorable feasts. Using mostly local produce and teamed wines from Cuttaway Hill Estate, the Literary Dinner is not to be missed!