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BLUE MOUNTAINS WRITERS FESTIVAL

THURSDAY 22 TO SUNDAY 25 AUGUST 2019. Blue Mountains Writers' Festival invites the best writers and thinkers from around Australia to share ideas, spark conversations and inspire creativity. With a bold, playful and literary focus, the Festival will feature a jam-packed program of events, set amidst spectacular physical surroundings.

Current Events

Past Events

  • 23 August 5:00 PM to 25 August 5:30 PM
    The Festival Gold Pass gives access to all Festival sessions from Friday to Sunday, including our Festival Opening Party and the literary dinner with Kerry O'Brien on Saturday night. Tickets exclude workshops and Book Club with Michelle de Kretser. In order to guarantee your seat for Saturday events, when there are often two events being held simultaneously, you will receive an email immediately after purchasing your pass that asks you to select your preferred events.
    All Festival Venues
  • 23 August 5:00 PM to 25 August 5:30 PM
    The Festival Weekend Pass gives access to all sessions from Friday to Sunday, including our Opening Party. Tickets exclude workshops, Book Club with Michelle de Kretser, Friday's fringe event with Ailie Banks, and our literary dinner. Note that in order to guarantee your seat for Saturday events, when there are often two events being held simultaneously, you will receive an email immediately after purchasing your pass that asks you to select your preferred events.
    All Festival Venues
  • 23 August 2019 10:00am to 1:00pm
    Sentence by sentence is how a narrative is built, and who better to illuminate this subject than two-times Miles Franklin award winner Michelle de Kretser. In this workshop you will examine sentences that work hard, and critique those that require that little bit extra. Practical tips and writing exercises will help you write stronger, livelier prose.
    The Workshop Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • 23 August 2019 1.30pm to 4.30pm
    Join award-winning author Stephanie Bishop to explore a range of experimental approaches to the development of prose fiction using photographs, found objects and other materials as your inspiration.
    The Workshop Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • Carrington Accommodation Festival W'end
    Some rooms are still available, but please contact the Carrington Hotel directly to make your booking. Phone 4782 1111 or email carrington@thecarrington.com.au. Thanks!
    The Carrington Hotel
  • Friday 23 August 2019
    As a special festival event, Varuna offers you the opportunity to have a one-on-one 30-minute consultation with Dr Carol Major, one of Varuna’s most experienced writing mentors. Bookings are essential.
    VARUNA - The National Writers' House
  • 23rd August 2019 5pm to 6:30pm
    This event is supported by Platform Gallery, Katoomba Blue Mountains writer and artist Ailie Banks is a self-proclaimed bitch. In Ailie's eyes, a bitch is someone who stands firm and speaks their mind in the face of sexist rhetoric. They don't give a single damn about meeting societal expectations. In conversation about her exhibition and her recently published collection The Book of Bitch with writer and editor Bri Lee, author of the award-winning Eggshell Skull.
    Platform Gallery
  • 23 August 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Hosted by ABC National's Cassie McCullagh, this will be a celebratory evening of festival highlights. We welcome internationally acclaimed Tishani Doshi from India with her soulful combination of dance and spoken word poetry, and the electrifying spoken word from poet and activist Sara Saleh. With original light projections of illustrations by Ailie Banks. Please note that this is an 18+ event. Thank you to MTNS MADE for their support of this event.
    The Baroque Room
  • 24 August 2019, 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Dialogue isn't just about ‘she said’, ‘he said’. Done well, dialogue enhances plots, explores relationships and defines characterisation. Join bestselling author Melina Marchetta to discover how to write succinct and powerful dialogue that transforms your creative writing.
    The Workshop Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • Saturday 24 August 2019
    This pass covers all five of Saturday's events at the Carrington Ballroom including The Children's House with Alice Nelson, On Drugs with Chris Fleming, a special documentary screening with Clarence Walden and Alexis Wright, The Experience of Otherness with Sarah Saleh and co-editors, and Blood and Dirt with Chris Fleming.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • 24 August 2019 10am to 4.30pm
    This pass covers all of Saturday's events at the Seminar Room including The Grass Library with David Brooks, Geographies of the Imagination with Patti Miller and Leah Kaminsky, On Writing with Melina Marchetta and our special Inside Publishing panel.
    The Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • 24 August 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    This latest novel by award-winning West Australian novelist Alice Nelson is a love song to the idea of families in all their mysteries and complexities, their different configurations and the hope that creates them. In conversation with writer Stephanie Bishop.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • 24 August 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    In his latest book, David Brooks takes the reader on a philosophical and poetic journey that recounts his relationship with his four sheep and other animals at his Blue Mountains home. In conversation with poet, animal rights campaigner and founder of Animal Liberation Christine Townend.
    Seminar Room , Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • 24 August 2019 11:30am to 12:30pm
    From physically walking trails in high places to creating journeys of the imagination, award-winning writers Leah Kaminsky and Patti Miller explore what drives them to write, and the boundaries of where memoir writing becomes fiction. In conversation with writer Carol Major.
    The Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • 24 August 2019 11:30am to 12:30pm
    Philosopher Chris Fleming discusses his own experience of drug addiction which began while he was a student and later became a life-threatening obsession. From popping pharmaceuticals to debating the meaning of life with drug dealers, expect humour, insight and a spectacularly frank conversation with Ivor Indyk, founding editor of HEAT magazine and Giramondo Publishing.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • 24 August 2019 1:00pm to 2:15pm
    This event is supported by the Writing & Society Research Centre of Western Sydney University. Gangalidda political leader Clarence Walden is known throughout the Carpentaria region as one of the most important intellectual figureheads alive today.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • 24 August 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Melina Marchetta’s nine novels include middle-grade, YA and adult fiction, spanning the genres of literary fiction, crime and fantasy. Melina will be joined by her commissioning editor Amy Thomas from Penguin Random House, and together they will share their insights into the process and craft of writing and publishing. In conversation with ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine.
    The Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • 24 August 2019 2:00pm to 2:45pm
    Come and have a laugh with the author of Don’t Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, The Other Christy and more. Oliver Phommavanh is a children's author and stand-up comedian who loves playing his Nintendo Switch and eating burgers to post on his Instagram. Oliver will have your kids laughing until their sides hurt.
    Katoomba Library
  • 24 August 2019 3:00pm to 4:30pm
    Wondering how to negotiate the publishing industry? This panel discussion explores the inner workings of the publishing world from the perspective of the experts. Join publisher Annette Barlow, owner of Gleebooks David Gaunt, editor Jody Lee and agent Grace Heifetz in this informative and generous session. Chaired by Writing NSW’s CEO, Jane McCredie.
    The Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
  • 24 August 2019 3pm to 4pm
    Questions of race and identity are increasingly important in a politically divisive society. Arab-Australians Miran Hosny and Wafa Kazal, contributors to the new book Arab Australian Other: Stories on Race and Identity, talk about their experiences of otherness and belonging. In conversation with Sara Saleh, contributor and joint editor of the collection.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • Saturday 24 August 2019
    Hosted by the Bananas in Pyjamas, this is a pyjama party not to be missed. You know what they’ll be wearing, and we want you to join them! With stories, games, craft, music and an opportunity to meet the Bananas, you’ll want to wear your very best pyjamas to this special festival event. Seriously, wear your pyjamas. Especially you, grown-ups. Numbers limited, please book online
    Katoomba Library
  • 24 August 2019 4:30pm to 5:30pm
    Join Chris Hammer, author of the bestselling thriller Scrublands, in conversation with ABC Radio Sydney’s Cassie McCullagh, as they discuss crime writing, the keeping of secrets, and the underbelly of Australia’s hinterland.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • 24 August 2019 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Join our festival family for a special literary dinner in The Grand Dining Room of The Carrington Hotel. Kerry is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for outstanding leadership in journalism. Kerry will bring a wealth of experience and insight into the Australian political landscape and deliver an unmissable address. TICKET SALES FOR THIS EVENT CLOSE SEVEN DAYS PRIOR!!
    The Carrington Grand Dining Room
  • Sunday 25 August 2019
    This pass covers all five of Sunday's events at the Carrington Grand Dining Room including Hippos in the Thames with Tim Flannery, Extraordinary Truth, Extraordinary Lives with Jessie Cole, Vicki Laveau-Harvie and Benjamin Law, Girls are Coming out of the Woods with Tishani Doshi, No Friend But the Mountain with Behrouz Boochani and Bridge of Clay, with Markus Zusak.
    Carrington Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel
  • 25 August 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    In his book, Europe: A Natural History, Australian palaeontologist and conservationist Tim Flannery explores Europe’s surprising deep past, and how it might inform the future. Discover a pre-history when hippos swam the Thames and giant carnivorous hedgehogs roamed Italy. In conversation with writer, journalist and CEO of Writing NSW Jane McCredie.
    Grand Dining Room, The Carrington Hotel
  • 25 August 2019 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Jessie Cole and Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s incredibly powerful memoirs have told two very different stories of family, secrets, forgiveness, and finding a way to make sense of it all. In conversation with author, journalist and commentator Benjamin Law.
    Grand Dining Room, The Carrington Hotel
  • Sunday 25 August 2019
    As a special festival event, Varuna offers you the opportunity to have a one-on-one 30-minute consultation with Dr Carol Major, one of Varuna’s most experienced writing mentors. Bookings essential.
    VARUNA - The National Writers' House
  • Sunday 25 August 2019
    Tishani Doshi (INDIA) is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. Her most recent books are a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award) and a novel, Small Days and Nights. In conversation with writer and musician Kate Fagan.
    Grand Dining Room, The Carrington Hotel
  • 25 August 2019 1:30 PM - 2:15PM
    Visit Varuna, the National Writers’ House, and tour the house and gardens that have nurtured the work of Australia’s best writers for almost 30 years. View our library of Australian writers and poets, hear about our new green energy initiatives and find out about our annual programs for writers.
    Varuna, The National Writers' House
  • Sunday 25 August 2019
    Join local and visiting poets around the fire pit in the Varuna garden. Bring your own poem to read, or simply sit, listen and enjoy the magical ambience of the Writers’ House. One of the most well-loved events in the festival program.
    Varuna, The National Writer's House
  • 25 August 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish–Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. A refugee, he has been imprisoned by our government since 2013. His memoir No Friend But the Mountains won the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature and a 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. He speaks live from Manus Island, and will be joined by Omid Tofighian who translated Behrouz’s book from Farsi by text message. In conversation with publisher, writer and critic Geordie Williamson.
    The Carrington Grand Dining Room
  • Sunday 25 August 2019
    Markus Zusak is the international bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay. His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing him as one of the most successful Australian authors. In conversation with writer Roanna Gonsalves.
    Grand Dining Room, The Carrington Hotel
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