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Join Laura Humphreys from MIH Wellness Studio for a morning yoga practice suitable for all levels. This class will mimic the way our favourite stories unfold — always moving, changing, flowing. Allow Laura to guide you through a series of postures that seamlessly unfold like the chapters of a book. Offering more than just a physical experience, this class will take you on journey to awaken the body, open the mind and soothe the soul — the perfect start to your festival weekend.
Since the arrival of the First Fleet there have been Gypsies in Australia, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories. In Australian Gypsies, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a vivid, wide-ranging history that begins with the roots of the Romani culture, through to Gypsy families today. She talks to Jenn Martin about how her own unconventional and nomadic early life has given her insight to the stories of Australian Gypsies, over coffee and a delicious Pipeclay Pumphouse breakfast.
Beautiful Revolutionary is the thrilling new novel from the author of The Love of a Bad Man. It explores what happens to a young couple caught in the orbit of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple. Join author Laura Elizabeth Woollett and host Sharelle Fellows as they talk cults, California in the 1960s, dangerously charismatic men and the women who love them.
If you like chapter books about two headed dogs and adventures of the most outrageous kind, then the Captain Jimmy Cook series is for you! Join Kate and Jol Temple for a dynamic dialogue about their adventurous character Jimmy Cook. Recommended for 7–12 year olds.
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Join Andrew P Street — political columnist and author of The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott and The Curious Story of Malcolm Turnbull, the Incredible Shrinking Man in the Top Hat — for an insightful and irreverent chat about the state of Australian politics. Hosted by Michael Bourke.
A crew of young creatives have been working hard over the past few months to put together a zine that reflects their life in Mudgee. Join the Mudgee Zine-makers for the launch of their zine, with special guest author Paul Collis.
Proudly presented with the Mudgee Local Aboriginal Land Council.
All hailing from different parts of the country, Inga Simpson, Jessie Cole and Paul Collis discuss their connections to their environment and how the landscape informs their work. Hosted by environmental writer and novelist Jane Rawson.
Challenge your local wine knowledge with a selection of Blind Wines tastings — led by sommelier James Horsfall — and figure out which wines best match books by our programmed authors.
Proudly presented with Blind Wines.
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The absurd and original Their Brilliant Careers is a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Discuss this multi-award-winning book with Mudgee book club guru Liz Mayberry and the playful, satirical wit that is author Ryan O’Neill.
Two Walkley Award winning journalists and a Young Walkley nominated satirist discuss the job of unearthing and dissecting the news. Kate Wild, James Colley and Caroline Overington talk hard-hitting revelations, political intrigue and stories ripe for satire with Walkley Foundation General Manager Louisa Graham.
Proudly presented with The Walkley Foundation.
Join bestselling children’s author Matt Stanton for a chat with teacher Michael Bourke about encouraging young readers and engaging creativity in students. Find out what inspires the author of the Funny Kid series and learn ways that humour can encourage reading and creativity. This session is aimed at parents, guardians and teachers but will appeal to anyone with an interest in going behind the scenes with a bestselling children’s book author.
Looking for a book to soothe or to stimulate? Stuck on what to read at this particular time in your life? See our expert Jenn Martin for a dose of bibliotherapy and come away with reading suggestions tailored to your needs.
Writers talk about the jobs they do when they aren’t writing, and the jobs they had before they picked up a pen. Hear how their work informs, influences and occasionally hinders their writing lives. Featuring James Colley, Inga Simpson, Kate Wild and hosted by Summer Land.
We’ve gathered together four fabulous short story authors so that you can sit back with a glass of wine and let their words wash over you. Join Ryan O’Neill, Mandy Sayer, Chris Womersley and Laura Elizabeth Woollett for short story readings. Hosted by Alice Grundy.
Ticket includes a glass of wine and a savoury bite.
Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck and Chris Womersley’s City of Crows are not your average historical fiction novels – both daring and original tales, using stories of shipwreck and plague to explore larger topics of mysticism, power and survival. They discuss their inspiration, research and processes for creating such stunning stories set in the past. Hosted by Lesley Robertson.
$50 (includes a glass of wine on arrival and a shared pizza platter)
Know your Hoodoo Gurus from your Hunters and Collectors and your Ice House from your INXS? Then join Michael Bourke, Andrew P Street and local musician Jess Holland for Oz Music Trivia at Roth’s Wine Bar. Great prizes up for grabs and a chance to show us your dance moves after you’ve shown off your music knowledge.
Ticket price includes a hearty meal and sweet treat
Story Club is a live comedy night where exceptional people sit in a giant armchair and read true, hilarious stories out of a novelty-sized book. At this special MRF event, host Ben Jenkins will introduce stories from Heather Rushton, Jane Rawson, Summer Land, Sam Paine and James Colley — all on the theme ‘only in the country’.