What reading provides solace in an increasingly alienating world? Which books do we return to again and again? Our literary experts share the stories that keep them feeling nourished and able to face their writing and their days. With Chris Womersley, Andrew P Street, Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Inga Simpson; hosted by Jenn Martin.
Proudly presented with James Bennett.
Your family can purchase their very own Street Library to put in your front yard and share the joys of reading with the neighbourhood. In this session, you will receive a Street Library box and get to paint it in your own unique design, as well as receive instructions and tips from our Street Library expert Liz Mayberry. Please note that there are limited libraries available, so book quickly to avoid missing out.
The classic Henry Lawson tale The Drover’s Wife has long captured our national imagination. Ryan O’Neill has written an entire alternative series based the story — the recently released The Drover’s Wives — and Mandy Sayer has written about Lawson’s work. Join Mandy, along with The Drover’s Wives illustrator Sam Paine, as they discuss the myth and meaning of the story with host Wayne Eade.
Please note that Ryan O’Neill and Mandy Sayer were scheduled to appear at this session but are no longer able to attend the festival.
Please visit us in the festival hub to swap your ticket for another session or email email@example.com for a refund.
Waiting for Elijah is an account of a tragedy that didn’t have to happen — the 2009 shooting of 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe by a police officer in Armidale. It is also an intense, forensic deconstruction of the extended legal proceedings that followed, and a heartbreaking portrait of a family’s grief. Join Kate Wild and Sharelle Fellows for a discussion about this compelling narrative and the research and reportage that went into it.
Join Kate and Jol Temple — authors of Are You My Bottom and Room on Our Rock — for a storytelling extravaganza that will delight children of all ages (but mostly the small ones). Entry is by gold coin donation, the proceeds of which go to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation's Refugee Action Support, a program that helps refugee students get the literacy support they need to meet the challenges of the classroom.
FREE, RSVP ESSENTIAL
Jessie Cole’s heartbreaking memoir Staying asks what happens to those who are left behind when someone takes their own life. It’s about the importance of home, family and forgiveness—and finding peace in a place of pain. Join the critically acclaimed author of Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water and host Julia Tsalis for an intimate discussion.
Australian storytelling dates back 65,000 years and continues to evolve, from the Dreamtime to contemporary art. Gamilaroi artist Paris Norton talks to Paul Collis and Aleshia Lonsdale about the Aboriginal storytelling voice, its history, politics and contemporary incarnation.
Proudly presented with Orana Arts.
The Antique Barrel Room at Craigmoor
$75 (includes sparkling wine on arrival)
As a journalist Caroline Overington has profiled many of the world's most famous women, including Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. As a crime writer she has written twelve books, including the runaway bestseller, The One Who Got Away.
Join Caroline for a dynamic conversation with Alice Grundy over a decadent long, lazy lunch provided by celebrated chef Kim Curry.