THAT'S A WRAP FOR SHWF 2015. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.
Jul 16, 2015
Last weekend over 1000 festivalgoers participated in three jam-packed days of events as part of the 2015 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival.
Some of Australia’s finest writers and thinkers including David Marr, Robert Dessaix, Don Watson, Emily Bitto, Malcolm Knox and Geraldine Doogue stimulated, challenged and entertained us.
Our junior festivalgoers enjoyed a special Kids’ Day with author R.A. Spratt, and a creative-writing workshop with Lisa Forrest.
The 2015 Literary Dinner was definitely a highlight, with an extraordinary meal prepared by chef Richard Kemp from Eschalot and accompanying wines from Cuttaway Hill Estate.
If you were unable to attend the Opening Night Event, you can also click here to watch the exclusive SHWF interview with Partisan director and co-writer, Ariel Kleiman.
We’ve now added a bunch of fabulous festival photos to our Gallery; click here to soak up some of the atmosphere. While you’re at it, check out our 2015 Promo Video too!
A huge thank you to all of you who attended, including our amazing team and vollies, and for the wonderful energy and passion you brought to the Festival.
We will keep you informed of program/event developments and look forward to seeing you in 2016!!
Jul 4, 2015
HURRAY! In just one week we will be kicking off the 2015 Southern Highlands Writers Festival!
Twelve months of pleasure (and pain!) has gone into developing what we believe will be a truly wonderful event for the Highlands. We have tried to cater for a wide range of ages and interests, so if you haven't already checked out the program, have a look right here.
Some of Australia’s finest writers and thinkers - including David Marr (pictured above), Robert Dessaix, Don Watson, Malcolm Knox and Geraldine Doogue - will be there to stimulate, challenge and entertain us.
There are events for kids, an exclusive film screening, a Shakespearean performance by Matthew Gibbs, three book launches, free sessions, and so much more!
We now need YOU, our amazing festival patrons, to come and enjoy the speakers, the books, the wine and the atmosphere!
So if you haven’t booked, now is the time to do it. Secure your seats here or at The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St.
I can’t wait to see you there. Come along... and be a part of the story!
Jun 26, 2015
Iconic journalist and television presenter Geraldine Doogue will our very special guest at this year's flagship event, the SHWF Literary Dinner, which will take place at Eschalot's E2 in Berrima on Saturday, July 11.
Geraldine will be discussing how women are represented at the top levels of leadership in Australia and around the world with Highlands-based author and journalist Lucy Palmer.
Guests will be served up a delicious culinary experience by the Highland's very own Richard Kemp, head chef and owner of Berrima's one-hatted and multi-award winning Eschalot Restaurant. Accompanying each course will be Cuttaway Hill Estate wines, expertly matched to further accentuate the dining experience.
Set within the stone walls of the historic, ambient E2 dining room, accompanied by conversation with one of this country's most influential broadcasters, this is a Highlands experience you can't afford to miss!
Tickets are $150 (wine inclusive) and available by clicking here or over the counter at The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St.
See you there!
Jun 19, 2015
As far as we know, Shakespeare never set foot in Italy, but he certainly set many of his plays there. Why?
In his lecture/performance at the 2015 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, actor and Shakespeare specialist, Matthew Gibbs, will be examining and performing excerpts from various plays by Shakespeare set in Italy: Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice to name just a few.
I urge you not to miss this highlight of our 2015 Festival: The Bard’s Lands on Sunday 12 July at 12pm at Bradman Museum for a taste of la dolce vita!
Tickets are $25 and available right here or at The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St.
Jun 12, 2015
With only ONE month until the Opening Night event of the 2015 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, I’m excited to reveal that we’ll be screening an exclusive pre-recorded interview with Ariel Kleiman, director and co-writer of the wonderful new movie, Partisan. The film recently had its World Premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival where it received a standing ovation.
With this in mind, I’m confident SHWF festival goers are going to adore the film and gain creative insight to Ariel’s writing and directing processes through our exclusive interview with him.
Even though much of the film was shot in Melbourne, this is not your typical Aussie movie. It stars Vincent Cassel (pictured above), a Cesar Award-winning French actor best known to English-speaking audiences through his film performances in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as Black Swan.
I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 2015 festival than with a theatre full of festival-goers, some popcorn and a stimulating piece of cinema.
Tickets to the Opening Night event are $25 (inclusive of some special treats). These are available here or at The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St.
Come along... And be a part of the story!
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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!