Better Living Through Books

9:30am–10:30am
Town Hall Theatre, $12

You’ve seen the bibliotherapist, now hear from a whole panel of bookish experts. Matthew Thompson, Sunni Overend and Tony Doherty discuss the quest for a happy, thoughtful and kind life and the books that help on that path. Hosted by Jenn Martin


MRF Book Club: Bush Studies

9:30am–10:30am
Eltons Food + Drink (upstairs), free

Fiona Wright leads a discussion of Barbara Baynton’s Bush Studies, a collection of short stories devoted to the dangers of the Australian bush. Famous for its stark realism, Bush Studies was first published in 1902 and is now available as a Text Classic.

Proudly presented with Text Publishing. 


YA Book Swap

10:00am–11:00am
Mudgee Library, free

Bring a book to swap and take home something new. Sarah Ayoub will be on hand to provide literary advice and swap her own books – Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee – with you.


Sunday Storytime

10:00–11:00am
Mudgee Library, free

Join performers Holly Throsby and Sam Paine, along with the Cudgegong Youth Theatre, for a storytelling extravaganza that will delight children of all ages (but mostly the small ones, from toddlers to primary). Participants will receive a special Mudgee colouring sheet to take home. 


Global Stories

11:00am–12:00pm
Town Hall Theatre, $12

Australian stories are more culturally diverse than ever before. Roanna GonsalvesThe Permanent Resident, Felicity Castagna’s No More Boats and Ali Alizadeh’s Transactions are all concerned with the world at large. They discuss the importance of going global with Alice Grundy.


MRF Book Club: The Restorer

11:00am–12:00pm
Eltons Food + Drink (upstairs), free

The Restorer is a novel of family, fracture and rebuilding. After a family on the brink of falling apart moves from Sydney to Newcastle for a fresh start, tensions start to build. Michael Sala discusses his novel with Julia Tsalis


Long Lazy Lunch

1:00–3:30pm
Blue Wren Winery, $62 (includes main meal and dessert)

In researching two acclaimed books of international reportage – My Columbian Death and Running with the Blood God Matthew Thompson has found himself hiking into bamboo forests to meet Filipino guerrillas, sprinting from Iranian riot police, touring Kosovo with Serb nationalists and much more. His latest book MAYHEM is the blistering account of the life and times of Australia’s most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse. He talks adventure and mayhem with ABC Western Plains’ Nick Lowther over a long, lazy lunch.