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May 22, 2015


One of our very special guests at this coming Sunday's Sydney Writers' Festival in the Highlands event is esteemed author Blanche d'Alpuget. No doubt you're aware that this very talented lady is also married to former Australian Prime Minister The Honourable Mr Bob Hawke.
Well, here at SHWF HQ we're absolutely thrilled to confirm that HON MR BOB HAWKE will be visiting Bowral to see his wife take centre stage at The Bradman Museum in Bowral on Sunday. 
QUICK! Click here or pop into The Bookshop Bowral to secure your spot in the audience at what is gearing up to be a truly memorable event.
See you there!

May 17, 2015

Stella’s Tea Party - You're Invited!

This time next week, we’ll be hosting a delightful afternoon tea and book club, as part of our Sydney Writers’ Festival in the Highlands event. 
We’re honoured to be teaming up with The Stella Prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, and featuring the 2015 winning book The Strays by Emily Bitto as our must read title.
Our special guests at this event will be Stella Prize chairperson Aviva Tuffield (pictured)! She’ll be chatting about the esteemed literary prize and the importance of promoting women’s writing.
Then, at this year’s SHWF in July, we’ll be presenting the author Emily Bitto in the flesh to talk about The Strays, her success and her remarkable creative journey.
Ticket price includes a copy of the winning book, The Strays, a glass of champagne or a cup of tea (courtesy of our friends at T2!) and some tasty sweet treats.
Tickets are limited so please get in quick to secure your spot! Buy them online here or visit The Bookshop Bowral ASAP!

May 8, 2015

SHWF at the Movies!

Next time you're at Empire Cinemas in Bowral, expect to see the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival feature loud and proud up on the big screen!
This year we’ll be advertising Festival events before every movie screening from now right up until the Sydney Writers' Festival in the Highlands event on May 24, and then again to highlight our program for the Southern Highlands Writers' Festival, 10-12 July. 
It’s our Festival Director Michaela Bolzan's dulcet tones you’ll hear accompanying our ads – she’s a class act, our Mic! Here she is doing the recording back in April:
Empire Cinemas will also be hosting our Opening Night Event on 10 July – tickets are now available for our exclusive screening of the Australian film Partisan. Movie-goers will be given an exclusive insight into the motivations and creative brain of the film's director and screenwriter, Ariel Kleiman. His pre-recorded interview with Michaela will be screened prior to the film.
Tickets are $25 (price includes light refreshments) and available for purchase here on the website or at The Bookshops Bowral.

May 1, 2015

One Region, One Book

The “One City, One Book” concept is established around the world - including Dublin and San Francisco - where a localised book club is expanded to cover a whole city. I love this idea, and we’re delighted to announce we are establishing a similar initiative here in the Highlands. 
Instead of a city, we'll be a region, all reading and discussing the same book at the same time this May/June/July. Our aim is to continue to build a sense of community and promote literacy. The 2015 Stella Prize Winner, Emily Bitto’s book, The Strays, is perfect to kick-start our initiative!
I urge as many of you as possible to join us for Stella’s Book Club & Afternoon Tea on SUN 24 May, 3pm, at Bradman Museum. There you can enjoy a glass of bubbles, tea and scones, and will be given a copy of The Strays
We are delighted that Emily Bitto will be one of our featured guests at this year's SHWF on Sunday, July 12!! Which means we have six-or-so weeks to read her award-winning book before we meet her in July for discussion and signing. 
Seats are limited so you'll need to get in quick sticks to secure your place. Buy your tix online right here or at over the counter at The Bookshop Bowral.

Apr 28, 2015

And we’re off! Welcome to Festival Season 2015

It might have been a cold and rainy night, but that did not dampen the spirits at the 2015 Program Launch and Fundraiser last Wednesday evening at Bradman Museum last week.
This year, we are celebrating the work of female authors, so who better to open festival season than Virginia Woolf! It was a thrill for me to perform an excerpt of Virginia’s famous lecture, A Room Of One’s Own, and Lindsay Drummond’s musical numbers interspersed throughout the evening created a wonderful atmosphere.
So, who do have coming to the Highlands this year, I here you ask?
Well, how about Tara Moss, Blanche d’Alpuget, David Marr, Geraldine Doogue, Robert Dessaix, Don Watson, Stella Prize winner Emily Bitto, Malcolm Knox ... for starters?
Our programs for both the Sydney Writers Festival in the Highlands event (May 24) and the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival (July 10-12) are now available right here on our website – just click on the FESTIVAL PROGRAM tab above for more details.
Tickets are already selling super fast, so get in quick because we don’t want you to miss out on a thing!

Mar 17, 2015

It's on again...

Festival Season is here! We will be launching our 2015 program at an exclusive event and fundraiser on Wednesday, April 22 starting at 7pm, at the Bradman Museum in Bowral. This year we’re celebrating the awesome contribution of women writers and Festival Director, Michaela Bolzan, will be strutting the stage, performing an excerpt of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. This performance, along with live music and a glass of bubbles, will be a fantastic start to our literary season. Tickets to this event are $30 and limited, so book now.
With such a stellar line-up of talent on offer both for the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival in July and the Sydney Writers Festival in the Highlands in May, tickets are going to sell out very fast. Patrons who attend the 2015 Festival Launch & Fundraiser are assured exclusive first dibs in all sessions and events as tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Thereafter, tickets can be purchased online or at The Bookshops Bowral on Bong Bong St.
We look forward to seeing you all soon and revealing our exciting upcoming events!
Warmest wishes,
Michaela Bolzan, Festival Director    
Kylie Matthews, Associate Director

Jul 17, 2014

It's a wrap for 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

Welcome to Festival Week


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!



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