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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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