The Mudgee Readers’ Festival celebrates its tenth year in 2019 — a huge achievement for a festival created by a small team of passionate readers, with the first modest events held in Lawson Park. Over the years the Festival has gone from strength to strength, with an exciting line-up of events across our gorgeous town, including MRF Book Club and Bibliotherapy sessions, storytelling events, book and wine matching and, of course, the Long Lazy Lunch.
Download the full 2019 program here!
— Summer Land, Mudgee Author
Thanks to a key partnership with Mid-Western Regional Council Libraries, the Mudgee Readers’ Festival takes place in the heart of town, with events held in cafés, wineries, restaurants and art spaces across Mudgee — allowing us to showcase the best of our beautiful food and wine region while enjoying great stories and clever conversation.
At the Mudgee Readers’ Festival, we pride ourselves on creating a dynamic, fun and thought-provoking event. We want our attendees to not just be a passive audience but an active part of the Festival: engaging with conversations, creating content and sharing ideas with the brilliant writers that we host in Mudgee each August.
of 2017 survey respondents said that the Festival introduced them to new books, authors or genres
street libraries were erected in front yards across Mudgee in 2018 after our Street Library session
zines the Mudgee Zine Makers have produced and launched at the Festival
While the Festival has been running sessions for young people since the beginning, these events grew into the Mudgee Young Readers’ Festival in 2018. Harry Potter trivia, the Street Library session for families, YA Book Swap, Sunday Story-time plus school sessions with bestselling authors are just some of the MYRF events that have wowed our young audience.
The 2019 Mudgee Young Readers’ Festival program will be released in June.
This event simply could not happen without a dedicated team of volunteers powering the Festival. Each year the efficiency and warmth of our volunteers is noted by attendees. If you love reading, meeting new people and helping your community, then we want to hear from you!