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About us

The Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival was established in 2012 in the NSW country town of Bowral. The Festival attracts some of Australia’s leading writers and thinkers and past speakers have included Mike Carlton, Robert Dessaix, Nikki Gemmell, David Malouf and Don Watson, to name just a few. 

The festival was created by Creative & Co - a dynamic, collaborative group of artists working together to craft unique media, products and experiences.

Meet the team

Michaela Bolzan, Festival Director SHWF

Michaela Bolzan

Festival Director

Michaela is the brainchild behind Creative & Co and the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival. As a writer, producer, director and occasional actor, Michaela loves exploring creativity. In her spare time, Michaela enjoys interviewing people from all around the world and all walks of life, about their creative process. You can read more about these interviews at

James Norton - Art Director for C&C and SHWF

James Norton

Art Director

James is the creative brain behind the look and feel of Creative & Co and all the events we produce. He has been designing for over twenty years working with clients across the medical, pharmaceutical, retail and airline industries. James is also the creator of the Internet sensation The Adventures of Little James.

Volunteers at the SHWF

Our Volunteers

The festival is lucky to have a committed team of enthusiastic volunteers, all of whom are self-confessed bookworms. This group of friends, family and long-time festival fans work hard to ensure your festival experience is a great one. Coordinated by Front of House Manager, Saneia Norton, the team are always ready to answer questions, obsess over favourite authors and offer you a warm welcome!