SHWF 2017 is on! Mark your diaries for July 15.

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2017 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 The Bookshop Bowral on Bong Bong St.

Saturday 15 July - SHWF

9:30am - 10:30am

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Andrew Ford in conversation

Host of The Music Show on ABC Radio National, Andrew Ford, tells his life story, in a moving and evocative memoir, The Memory of Music. From his early childhood in the Beatles-crazy Liverpool of the 1960s, to his evolving work as a composer, choral conductor and radio presenter, Andrew shares the vivid musical experiences that have shaped his life. Andrew's music is written principally for the concert hall and has been performed in more than 40 countries.

11:15am - 12:15pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Dr Simon Longstaff in conversation

Dr Simon Longstaff AO is Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, co-founder of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and has been named one of the True Leaders of the 21st century by AFR BOSS magazine. In his new book, Everyday Ethics, Simon explains how we can live a more ethical life, starting with the decisions we make every day. 

1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Julia Baird in conversation

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and the host of The Drum on ABCTV. Julia writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including {Newsweek}, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper's Bazaar.  Julia’s biography of Queen Victoria was published simultaneously in the US, UK and Australia, and has been a critical and commercial success.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Joyce Morgan in conversation

Joyce Morgan is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Sydney for more than two decades. In her latest work, Martin Sharp – His Life and Times, Joyce explores the life of the charismatic, unconventional, unique and surprising Martin Sharp. In this richly told and beautifully written biography, Joyce captures the loneliness of a privileged childhood, the heady days of the underground magazine Oz, as well as the exuberant creativity of Swinging London and beyond.

4:30pm - 5:30pm

The Highlands School of Performing Arts, Bowral

Meg Keneally in conversation

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. Currently, Meg is co-writing a fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series, under the title The Monsarrat Series, with her father, author, Tom Keneally. 


The Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

2017 Literary Dinner with Stefano Manfredi

The 2017 Literary Dinner will be a celebration of Italian food and theatre. Guest chef, Stefano Manfredi, will be cooking from his latest cookbook, New Pizza. Stefano is a leading exponent of modern Italian cuisine in Australia and has operated several restaurants in Sydney since 1983, most notably The Restaurant Manfredi and Bel Mondo. The highlight of the evening will be a performance by renowned Italian actor, Marco Quaglia, and SHWF Festival Director, Michaela Bolzan, in a one-act play by Nobel-prize-winning author, Luigi Pirandello. The play, A Dream, But Perhaps Not?, will be directed by Australian-born, New York-based, producer/director, Sarah Dowland.

Tuesday 18 July - SHWF

9:30am - 1:00pm

Henrietta Rose Room – Bowral Library

Editing For Success Workshop with Siboney Duff

Got a manuscript and feeling overwhelmed as to what to do next? In this three-hour workshop, in conjunction with the Friends of the Wingecarribee Libraries, Siboney Duff will focus on the editorial process, teaching participants how to edit their work for clarity, narrative drive, reader engagement and publication. Siboney holds a MPhil (Creative Writing) and has chaired discussions and interviewed authors at a number of writers’ festivals including, the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, the Bellingen Writers’ Festival and Brisbane’s GenreCon. Ticket price includes morning tea.