Art and Breakfast with Ashleigh Wilson

8:00–9:30am
Pipeclay Pumphouse, $36

Coffee and a delicious Pipeclay Pumphouse breakfast with art critic and Brett Whiteley biographer Ashleigh Wilson. Hosted by Sam Paine. 

Art and Breakfast with Ashleigh Wilson is now booked out, but there are still tickets available to Art, Life and the Other Thing.


On the Java Ridge

9:00–10:00am
Town Hall Theatre, $12

On the Java Ridge is a literary novel with the pace and tension of a political thriller – and some of the most compelling, heartstopping writing about the sea since Patrick O’Brian. Jock Serong talks to Wayne Eade about his latest novel. 


MRF Book Club: The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc

10:30–11:30am
Eltons Food + Drink (upstairs), free

The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc is a provocative new interpretation of the life of one of history’s most fascinating figures, Joan of Arc. Join Ali Alizadeh and host Liz Mayberry for a discussion of this historical novel with a difference. 

This MRF Book Club is now booked out, but you can still hear Ali Alizadeh at Global Stories or Poetry Salon at the Cellar.


Small Town Character

10:30–11:30am
Town Hall Theatre, $12

Holly Throsby – best known for her gorgeously lyrical songs – has sprung onto the literary scene with a wonderful novel depicting small town life. Part murder mystery, part coming of age story, Goodwood is an essential novel about small town life. Holly Throsby discusses her affection for small towns with our own small town character Michael Bourke.


Mudgee Zine-Makers

10:30–11:30am
Mudgee Library, free

A dedicated band of students have spent the last few months putting together their very own zine, with the assistance of local artist Sam Paine. You are invited to celebrate their work as special guest Sarah Ayoub launches their magazine.


Family Matters

12:00–1:00pm
Town Hall Theatre, $12

Messy, happy, complicated or sprawling: family can take all forms and is rich fodder for a novelist. Michael Sala, Melanie Joosten and Sarah Schmidt have all explored families of varying functionality – from the estranged to murderous – through their novels. They discuss their work with Lesley Robertson


There’s No Place Like…

12:00–1:00pm
The Stables, $12

Great writing can transport the reader to a world as familiar as Kansas or as foreign as Oz. Fiona WrightFelicity Castagna, Matthew Thompson and Luke Carman all write with a strong sense of the world they inhabit and contributed essays to the Writing NSW series published on the Sydney Review of Books. They explore the intimacy and the agony of sharing their sense of place.

Proudly presented with Sydney Review of Books. 


The Bibliotherapist Will See You Now

12:00–1:00pm
WarBehr Design, free, email info@mudgeereaders.com to book your 15 minute slot

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.      


Artists Aloud

12:45–1:15pm, free
The Stables Exhibition Space

Be guided through the art exhibition by the artists themselves – hear about their process and reactions to their Text Classics scenes. Hosted by Ashleigh Wilson.


On Being a Modern Outsider

1:30–2:30pm
Town Hall Theatre, $12

A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. The Permanent Resident is at turns playful and heart-wrenching. Roanna Gonsalves talks to Sharelle Fellows about the modern outsiders in her short story collection. 


Art, Life and the Other Thing

1:30–2:30pm
The Stables, $12

Mudgee artist Sam Paine is joined by art critic and Brett Whiteley biographer Ashleigh Wilson, Hill End artists Kim Deacon and Lino Alvarez, and journalist and Chinese art specialist Madeleine O’Dea for a robust discussion of creative expression and cultural resistance. 


MRF Book Club: Next Level Reading

3:00–4:00pm
Eltons Food + Drink (upstairs), free

What makes a good reader? Whether you’re in a book club, teaching, or connecting personally with a book, gain insight from our expert readers Alice Grundy and Luke Carman, as they discuss criticism, entertainment and the art of reading. 


Love, Sex, Wine and Truffles

3:00–4:00pm
The Cellar by Gilbert, $18 (includes a glass of wine and small savoury bite)

Sunni Overend’s novel The Dangers of Truffle Hunting is stylish, sexy and emotionally complex. She talks wine, food, style and following your heart with Summer Land


Lizzie Borden Took an Axe

3:00–4:00pm
Town Hall Theatre, $12

Or did she?
Sarah Schmidt takes a fresh look at this infamous murder tale in her debut novel See What I Have Done. She talks history, psychology and axe-murder most foul with Victoria Smith-Webb.


The Bibliotherapist Will See You Now

3:00–4:00pm
Warbehr Design, free, email info@mudgeereaders.com to book your 15 minute slot

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.     


Friendship, Family and Aging

4:30–5:30pm
The Stables, $12
Melanie Joosten has written the psychological thriller Berlin Syndrome – released as a film this year – and the collection of essays on aging A Long Time Coming. Her latest book is Gravity Well, a novel of homecoming, friendship and family. She discusses her work with Sophia Barnes. 


The Attachment: An Unlikely Friendship

4:30–5:30pm
Town Hall Theatre, $12

When priest and Sydneysider Tony Doherty emailed Melbourne-based writer and performer Ailsa Piper to say how much he enjoyed her latest book, he received a swift reply from a similarly enquiring mind. They share the development of their most unlikely friendship in a candid and heartwarming exchange. 


Poetry Salon in The Cellar

6:00pm–8:00pm
The Cellar by Gilbert, $40 (includes a glass of wine and light meal)

Enjoy music, wine and poetry in a charming and warm atmosphere. Hear poetry from Fiona Wright, Ali Alizadeh and Elizabeth Allen and music from Kim Deacon and Robyn Stokoe Godfrey.

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled, but you can still hear poetry from these fabulous writers at our free POP-UP POETRY READING, Saturday 12 August, 4–5pm at Eltons Eating + Drinking. 


RANT!

7:00pm-10:00pm
Mudgee Brewing Company, $50 (includes a hearty meal and sweet treat) 

It’s time that our authors got some issues off their chests! Join professional ranter Luke Carman for a night of entertaining, funny and occasionally naughty speeches from Matthew Thompson, Summer Land, Ailsa Piper, Roanna Gonsalves, Madeleine O'Dea and Michael Sala. Let our authors tell you what gets their goat over a Mudgee Brewing Company beer. 

RANT! is now booked out – our Saturday night events Trivia Most Foul and Poetry Salon in the Cellar still have tickets available. 


Trivia Most Foul

6:00pm–8:30pm
Roth’s Wine Bar, $40 (includes shared pizza platter), book online

Are you a criminal mastermind? Do you know your Miss Fisher from your Miss Marple and your Luther from your Wallander? Join the Australian Crime Writers Association for a big crime quiz as they give out prizes for best crime trivia knowledge and announce the shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards. Hosted by Michael Robotham and featuring Jock Serong, Holly Throsby and Sarah Schmidt