SHWF 2019 - Saturday July 20

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Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

Festival day - Saturday 20 July

Kristina Olsson will be talking about her new book Shell at SHWF 2019

Kristina Olsson

In her much anticipated third novel Shell, Kristina Olsson captures a defining moment in Australia’s history. The year is 1965 and Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s striking vision for the Sydney Opera House is transforming the skyline under a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery that threatens to tear the country apart.

Nadine Ingram will be talking about her new cookbook at SHWF 2019

Nadine Ingram

Nadine Ingram has worked in high-profile establishments around the world, including London’s Le Gavroche and The Ivy, as well as Sydney’s MG Garage and Bourke St Bakery. In 2011 she finally realised her vision of a bakery that would serve classic inspired pastries with Flour and Stone, her first bricks and mortar store. Over a coffee and a selection of Nadine’s tasty treats, we will hear about her fascinating culinary career.

J.R. Lonie will be talking about his new book at SHWF 2019

J.R. Lonie

J.R. Lonie is an author, playwright, screenwriter and script editor. With The Woman from Saint Germain, John has slightly altered his authorial name because this novel represents a return to prose after a more than twenty year break during which time he co-wrote the film Kokoda, was a writer on the hit Foxtel television series A Place to Call Home and was for a time the Head of Screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Christine Manfield will be talking about her new book at SHWF 2019

Literary Lunch with Christine Manfield

This year we are delighted to be offering a Literary Lunch. Christine Manfield, one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, will be our guest chef, and the lunch will consist of delicious food from her latest cookbook, Tasting India. During lunch, Christine will enthral us with her extensive travel tales through India, explaining the complex and vibrant tapestry of Indian cuisine.

Mikey Robins will be talking about his new book at SHWF 2019

Mikey Robins

Mikey Robins is one of Australia’s most well-known comedians and broadcasters. He spent seven years as the host of Triple J’s National Breakfast Show before appearing as team leader on the smash hit TV series Good News Week. His new book, Seven Deadly Sins and One Very Naughly Fruit, is an irreverent romp through the history of food as Mikey uncovers the most bizarre food-related stories of all time!

Todd Alexander will be talking about his new book at SHWF 2019

Todd Alexander

A few years back, Todd and his partner Jeff, had had enough of the city. Sick of the daily grind and workday corporate shenanigans, they threw caution to the wind and bought 100 acres in the renowned Hunter Valley wine region. How hard can it be? Over a glass of one of Todd’s wines, we will hear about guys’ escapades and his new book Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga.


Welcome to the 2019 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, our eighth annual event!

As writer C.S. Lewis once said: “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” With this in mind, at the 2019 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, we will celebrate these two wonderfully satisfying pleasures: books and food!

This year the SHWF will move into its new “home”, the iconic, historical Bowral residence – Hopewood. Considered a ‘Grand Estate’ of the Southern Highlands, there is an immense history to this property that was first established in 1884 for pastoralist Ben Osborne and his wife Lucy Throsby. Today, the property is owned by renowned Australian artist, Tim Storrier, and his wife Janet. I am confident that our authors, and festival-goers alike, will find this experience thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring.

The festival will take place all on one day – Saturday 20th July. We have a wonderful lineup of authors, and a sensational Literary Lunch planned with guest chef, the iconic, Christine Manfield, so make sure you come for the entire day.

Tickets will go on sale soon.

I look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival.

Warmest regards,
Michaela Bolzan
Festival Director