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

      Courtney Collins is an Australian novelist and screenwriter who was born in Scone and grew up in the Hunter Valley. Her first novel The Burial (Allen & Unwin) has been published in eleven countries and shortlisted for numerous awards including the Stella Prize and The NSW Premier’s Literary Award. In the...

    • 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...

    • Katrina McKelvey

      Born in Scone, Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, former primary school teacher and mother of two. Her first picture book, Dandelions, illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan and published by EK Books was released in 2015. Katrina is the President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Inc....

    • 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...

    • Terry Smyth

      Terry Smyth is an award-winning journalist, playwright, scriptwriter and songwriter. The youngest son of Irish immigrants, he was born and raised in the Hunter Valley, and is now based in Sydney. He has, in his time, worked as a builder's labourer, steel worker, cotton mill hand, psychiatric...

    • 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...

    • Tracie Lark

      Tracie Lark

      Tracie Lark aka The Literary Gangster is from NSW and has lived in Indonesia and Melbourne. In 2013, she saw her writing come to life on stage as a finalist in the Solo Monologue Competition. In 2014, Tracie self-published her poetic musings in, The Longing & Other Fairytale Feelings, and she had two...