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.





The only writer’s festival in the Upper Hunter region, the Scone Literary Long Weekend is set for its biggest and best year yet. This year’s theme is ‘Making Connections’ and the program will look at a variety of connections – whether this be historical connections, how reading and writing literature connects people or simply a message to the audience to make connections by attending the festival.

The writer’s festival will run from Friday 4 November with a special ‘Schools program’ which will see children’s authors and illustrators like Emma Allen, Kirilly Lonegran and Katrina McKelvey at Scone Library. The main program on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November will be held at Scone Arts & Crafts Hall and features some great talent guaranteed to attract an audience of literary lovers, poets, historians and budding writers

  • Authors & Special Guests

    • Cate Kennedy

      Cate Kennedy

      Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. She is an award-winning...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Jo Riccioni

      Jo Riccioni

      Jo Riccioni’s first novel The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store, won the International Rubery Award for fiction in 2015 and was long-listed for the New Angle prize in the UK. Her short stories have been read on the BBC and National Radio, and have been published in Best Australian Stories 2010 and...

    • Karen Crofts

      Karen Crofts

      Karen Crofts is director of Hunter Writers Centre, a not-for-profit organisation established in 1995. The centre exists to nurture, support and celebrate literary culture across the Hunter region. Karen is a qualified English teacher and holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the...

    • 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....

    • Kirrili Lonergan

      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...

    • Leonie Rogers

      Leonie Rogers

      Leonie Rogers, originally from Western Australia, 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,...

    • 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...

    • Ross Coulthart

      Ross Coulthart

      Ross Coulthart has worked as an investigative journalist for over 30 years. He has won five Walkley journalism awards, including the top award for Australian journalism, the Gold Walkley. His broadcast television investigative journalism also won a Logie award. He is the author of five books.  His...

    • 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...