Welcome to the 2017 Scone Writers Festival

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

When & Where

When: 10th - 12th November 2017

Where: Scone NSW, Upper Hunter Country


 

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Program supported by Arts Upper Hunter

The Scone Literary Festival is a new writers festival that seeks 'To promote books and to nurture a love of literature, learning and writing'. The festival will be held from Friday 10th of November 2017 to Sunday 12th of November 2017. Our motto is 'Maintain the Page' (Phillip Adams - used with permission.)

  • Authors & Special Guests

    • Peter FitzSimons

      Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, and a busy events and motivational speaker. He is the author of over twenty-seven books, including TobrukKokodaBataviaEurekaNed KellyGallipoli and biographies of Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick...

    • 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...

    • Don Watson

      Don Watson's books, articles and essays have been widely acclaimed. His bestselling titles include Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, which 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...

    • Rosalie Ham

      Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne writer and Literature teacher and also the author of The Dressmaker, Summer at Mount Hope and There Should be More Dancing.  The film of The Dressmaker was released in 2015 starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth. Rosalie's novels have now been...

    • Joanne McCarthy

      Joanne McCarthy is a Newcastle Herald journalist, raised Catholic and eldest of 11 children, mother of three sons and Walkley-award winner for work in different spheres, including the Gold Walkley, concentrating on institutional and systemic abuses of power, including child sexual abuse within...

    • Melissa Lucashenko

      Melissa Lucashenko is an award-winning Aboriginal writer who lives between Brisbane and the Scenic Rim. Melissa’s most recent novel, Mullumbimby, was awarded the Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the Victorian Premiers Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was longlisted for both the...

    • Ilka Tampke

      lka Tampke was born in Sydney in 1969. She studied theatre at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst NSW and completed honours in performance at University of Western Sydney. Ilka directed the Sydney Women’s Festival, Mallacoota’s Festival of the Southern Ocean and numerous other arts and cultural events...

    • 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...

    • Peter Haydon

      Peter Haydon was born in Scone, the Horse Capital of Australia, in 1955 a fifth generation horseman from Bloomfield Homestead, Blandford which was settled by the pioneering Haydon Family in 1832. Currently owner operator of Haydon Horse Stud, with this wife Alison and sons Henry, Nick and David....

    • Annette Marfording

      Annette Marfording is a writer, creative writing teacher, blogger and book critic, former Program Director of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and creator of a radio program on Australian writers and their work. She is the author of Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with...

    • Sue Maslin

      Sue Maslin is one of Australia's most successful film, television and digital content producers with a track record of creating award winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent is the smash hit The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. It grossed more than $20 million at...

    • Leonie Rogers

      Originally from Western Australia, Leonie now lives in NSW in the Upper Hunter.  She is the author of Frontier Incursion, Frontier Resistance, and Frontier Defiant (YA Speculative Fiction) published by Hague Publishing, and also works part time as a physiotherapist.  She dabbles in poetry, and has...

    • Paul Mitchell

      Paul Mitchell’s episodic novel We. Are. Family was published in late 2016 to wide critical acclaim. Three brothers are forced to confront the quiet, pervasive violence of their family’s past and the distances they have all carried their father’s pain into their futures, and the novel unravels the...

    • Mel Jacob

      Mel Jacob is an experienced journalist and scriptwriter. Her journalism has been published in The Good Weekend, Sunday Life, The Brisbane Times, The Adelaide Advertiser, Radio National, Kidspot, MCA and The Australian Museum. She was a finalist for Best Comedy Riverina Short Film Festival 2004,...

    • Kim Kelly

      Kim Kelly is the author of six novels, including the acclaimed Wild Chicory.With warmth and lyrical charm, she leads her readers into forgotten corners of Australia’s past, and tells the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. A widely respected book editor and literary...

    • Cathryn Hein

      Cathryn Hein is the best-selling author of eleven Australian-set rural romances and one romantic adventure. A Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year finalist and regular Australian Romance Reader Awards finalist, she currently lives in NSW at the base of the Blue Mountains. Her...

    • David Darcy

      Born in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, David Darcy developed a keen interest in photography from an early age and won several national  photographic awards as a teenager. Over the past sixteen years David has become one of Australia’s leaving author-photographers, with a succession of nine...

    • Jess Black

      Jess Black is the author of over thirty books for children. She has written the Keeper of the Crystal Series and is the co-author of the highly successful The Kaboom Kid, The Bindi Wildlife Adventures series and the RSPCA Animal Tales series. Jess has a new series coming out with Penguin Random...

    • Kirrili Lonergan

      Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and a mother of four. She has loved drawing and communicating visually from an early age. Her first EK picture book was Dandelion’s written by Katrina McKelvey and she has another picture book with EK coming up in 2017. Kirrili is the co-creator of...