Welcome to the 2016 Scone Writers Festival

Our Mission: To promote books and to nurture a love of literature, learning and writing.

When & Where

When: 4th - 6th November 2016

Where: Scone NSW, Upper Hunter Country


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This project is supported by the Arts NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Arts Upper Hunter on behalf of the NSW Government.



Scone Literary Long Weekend – What is the future of publishing? Will the printed word become obsolete? Will paper books become dusty items relegated to antique shops? Or will digital and paper books continue to co-exist?

We have taken ‘Maintain the Page’ as our motto here in Scone  where we'll be reining in a superb collection of authors to discuss their latest books.

Come up to Scone and immerse yourself in ‘the word’ - whether it be acoustic, printed or digitally enhanced.

  • Authors & Special Guests

    • Courtney Collins

      The Burial is the debut novel of Courtney Collins, published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in September 2012. Her second novel, The Walkman Mix, is in progress. In 2013  The Burial  was published in the UK by Allen & Unwin.  In France it was published as Sous La Terre by Buchet-Chaste, translated by...

    • Don Watson

      Don Watson's Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year. His Quarterly Essay, Rabbit...

    • Hugh Mackay

      Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and the author of seventeen books, including the 2013 bestseller, The Good Life. His latest book, Beyond Belief, explores the changing role of religion in Australia - a society where 61 percent of the population identify as Christian, 67 percent claim to believe...

    • Phillip Adams

      Phillip Adams

      Phillip Adams, AO, FAHA, FRSA social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts an ABC Radio National program, Late Night Live, four nights a week, and writes a weekly column for The Australian. His career has successful spanned advertising and film production, and has...

    • Prof Anne Buist

      Prof Anne Buist

      Prof Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, based at Austin Health, and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She continues to work with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping,...

    • Tom Thompson

      Tom Thompson is a publisher of Australian literature. His own books include Growing Up in the 60s, and he regularly values collectables over ABC Radio. Tom Thompson is a publisher of Australian literature and history, who represents the estates of Arthur Upfield and Mary Gilmore. He was publisher...