2024 Southern Highlands Writers' Festival


Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival


Festival day – Friday 26 July

Posie Graeme-Evans will lead our inaugural Writers’ Boot Camp at SHWF 2024

Writers’ Boot Camp

Posie is one of Australia’s most respected television and film producers, as well as an editor, screenwriter, director and author. She will lead our inaugural Writers’ Boot Camp focusing on character development, story arc and writer’s block.

Catherine McKinnon will be talking about her new book To Sing Of War at SHWF 2024.

Catherine McKinnon

Catherine McKinnon is an author and Associate Professor at Wollongong University’s School of the Arts, English and Media. Her novel Storyland was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Voss Literary Prize. Merrigong Theatre has commissioned an adaptation of Storyland, to be co-written by Catherine and Aunty Barb Nicholson. Catherine’s latest book, To Sing of War is a rich and thrilling novel of love, war and friendship.

Caroline Overington will be talking about her new book Looking For Eden at SHWF 2024.

Caroline Overington

Caroline Overington is one of Australia's most successful writers and journalists and is currently the Literary Editor at The Weekend Australian. Caroline has written fourteen books, including the top-ten bestseller The One Who Got Away, and Last Woman Hanged, which won the Davitt Award for True Crime Writing in 2015.


Festival night – Friday 26 July

Fiona Sweet, Paula McLean, Monique diMattina, Steve Grant, Sam Lemann

Fiona Sweet and Paula McLean discuss the Stella Prize and the importance of championing Australian women writers, followed by an exclusive live preview of STELLA: The Miles Franklin Story with musician and composer Monique diMattina alongside Steve Grant and Sam Lemann.


Festival day – Saturday 27 July

Glen Humphries will be talking about his new book Aussie Rock Anthems - Top 40 at SHWF 2024.

Glen Humphries

Glen Humphries is an award-winning senior journalist with the Illawarra Mercury with more than two decades' worth of experience in newspapers. His latest book, Aussie Rock Anthems - Top 40, tells the stories of some of Australia's best-known pop and rock songs; chances are, each song is not what you had assumed.

Nicola Moriarty will be talking about her new book Every Last Suspect at SHWF 2024.

Nicola Moriarty

Nicola Moriarty’s books have sold more than a quarter of a million copies worldwide. Her highly successful and award-winning novels include The Fifth Letter, Those Other Women, The Ex and You Need To Know, gracing bestseller lists in Australia, the US and the UK, often with multiple producers chasing the film rights! Her latest gripping new thriller, Every Last Suspect, is unputdownable and arguably her best yet.

Liz Hayes will be talking about her new book I’m Liz Hayes at SHWF 2024.

Liz Hayes

Journalist Liz Hayes has graced Australian television screens for more than four decades. In her highly anticipated, inspirational and candid bestselling new memoir, I’m Liz Hayes, she describes how after a lifetime of reporting on others, when tragedy struck her own family, sometimes the hardest story to tell is your own.


Festival day – Sunday 28 July

Andrew Ford will be talking about his new book The Shortest History of Music at SHWF 2024.

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford OAM is a composer, writer, and presenter of The Music Show on ABC Radio National. Andrew has written eleven books and his most recent, The Shortest History of Music, is an authoritative tour through several thousand years of music that sets out to understand what exactly music is – and why humans are irresistibly drawn to making it.

Mark Dapin will be talking about his new book Carnage at SHWF 2024.

Mark Dapin

True crime is one of Australia’s fast-growing genres, and Mark Dapin’s latest work, Carnage, has been dubbed a true crime cult classic in the making. Mark is an acclaimed journalist, author, screenwriter and historian and holds a doctorate in military history. He has worked as consultant producer on Network Seven TV show Armed and Dangerous, and as screenwriter on Stan’s Wolf Creek 2.

David Marr will be talking about his new book Killing for Country: A Family Story at SHWF 2024.

David Marr

David Marr is a journalist, a political and social commentator and one of the country's most accomplished non-fiction writers. His latest book, Killing for Country: A Family Story, is a richly detailed saga of politics and power in the colonial world.


Welcome to the 2024 SHWF

This winter, come and experience the cool climate of the Southern Highlands, the perfect setting for the 2024 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival (SHWF). Now in our thirteenth year, the annual SHWF is one of the most popular and much-loved events on the Highlands’ calendar.

The 2024 SHWF will take place on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July at the iconic Empire Cinemas in Bowral, only 90 mins drive from Sydney and Canberra.

Some of Australia’s greatest writers, thinkers and performers will be attending this year’s SHWF, so book your tickets today!

I look forward to welcoming you to Bowral soon.

Michaela Bolzan
Founder & Creative Director