SHWF 2018 - Friday 20th - Saturday 21st July

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2018 Program

Get set for a thrilling season of great literary events! Tickets to all the events can be purchased on the Buy Tickets page or at Creative & Co Concept Store and The Bookshop Bowral, both on Bong Bong St, Bowral.

Friday 20 July


The Empire Cinemas, Bowral

Opening night special event film - The Wife

The evening will begin with the Australian launch of Book Towns, by Alex Johnson, in which Bowral is a featured town. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns around the world, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.

This will be followed by the launch of The House on the River by Bowral-based author, Alexandra Springett. Proceeds of the sale of the book will go to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

The evening will conclude with an advanced screening of the film The Wife, based on Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater. Joan Castleman (Close) is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions, to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career, Joan has ignored his infidelities and excuses with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan has reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career.

The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.

Saturday 21 July

9:15am - 10:15am

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Michelle Scott Tucker in conversation

In 1788 a young woman raised in the vicarage of an English village married a handsome, but penniless, army officer. In any Austen novel that would be the end of the story, but for the real-life woman who became an Australian farming entrepreneur and played an integral part in establishing Australia’s wool industry, it was just the beginning. Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlooked aspect of Australia’s history, the fascinating Elizabeth Macarthur. Michelle owns and operates a management consulting company, and lives on a small farm in regional Victoria. Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World is her first book.

10:45am - 11:45am

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Tania Blanchard & Lauren Chater in conversation

Tania Blanchard (The Girl from Munich) and Lauren Chater (The Lace Weaver) have both just had their debut novels published through Simon & Schuster. The authors will be discussing their new works and how they were able to navigate the challenging path to publication. Both Tania and Lauren have attended bestselling author Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass where their lives were irrevocably changed forever.

Tania comes from a family with a rich cultural heritage and stories have always been in her blood. Lauren writes historical fiction with a particular focus on women’s stories. In addition to writing fiction, Lauren established The Well Read Cookie, a blog that celebrates her love of baking and literature.

12:15pm - 1:15pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Robyn Cadwallader in conversation

Robyn Cadwallader is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress. Her latest work, Book of Colours, is a deeply profound and moving novel about the importance of creativity and the power of connection, told through the story of the commissioning of a magnificently illuminated medieval prayer book. It is also a novel about the place of women in the turbulent world of the early fourteenth century: what power they have, how they wield it and just how temporary and conditional it is. Robyn lives in the country outside Canberra.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Nicola Moriarty in conversation

Nicola Moriarty has a serious literary pedigree as the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and Jaclyn Moriarty (The Ashbury/Brookfield series). In between various career changes, becoming a mother and while studying teaching at Macquarie University, she began to write. She has now published several novels, Free-Falling; Paper Chains; and The Fifth Letter, which has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions for film and television. Her latest work, Those Other Women, is a controversial and darkly comic story about the frustrations of being a childless woman in the modern baby-obsessed world.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Virginia Lloyd in conversation

Virginia Lloyd spent much of her childhood learning and playing the piano and thought she would make a career as a pianist. When that didn’t happen, she spent a long time wondering about those years of study. Girls at the Piano explores the changing relationship between women and the piano over the course of the instrument’s history, taking us from the salons of 18th-century Europe to an amateur jazz workshop in the early 21st century. Girls at the Piano is essential reading for music lovers everywhere, and for anyone who has undertaken their own voyage around a piano. Virginia’s first book, also a memoir, was The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement.