The next SHWF will be on Friday 20th - Saturday 21st July 2018.

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Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

Message from Michaela

Welcome to the 2018 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, our seventh annual event!

In programming the previous SHWFs, I have always made a point of having a fairly even mix of male and female authors each year. However, this year, I have decided to use the Festival platform to respond to the #MeToo Movement. So for the first time, we will be celebrating an all-female line up of authors. 

At her recent appearance at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard commented in relation to #MeToo: “I think this gathering wave is going to be remembered as one of the big moments of feminism”.

Rather than exploring the sometimes divisive elements of #MeToo, we will be celebrating gender equality and viewing the world from a female perspective.

With this year’s raffle, we will be raising funds for Share the Dignity; this wonderful Australian charity distributes sanitary products to homeless women and fights for the rights of domestic violence victims.

Tickets are selling fast, so I urge you to book soon!
I look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival.

Warmest regards,
Michaela Bolzan
Festival Director