Beechworth’s seventh annual Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend is just 15 days away.
Street works and readings, discussions and workshops, together with word-directed art projects, will be staged February 10-12 in Beechworth’s heritage-listed main streets and at George Kerferd Hotel in the grounds of the 1864-built Mayday Hills former lunatic asylum and its extraordinary gardens.
Headline participants include Jerilderie-born Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker – the source of a major Australian film released in 2015, Melbourne-based activist poet and writer Hayley Louise Singer, who will delve into women’s histories, journalist and author Doug Hendrie, poet Eddie Paterson, Australian Book Review editor and opera performance critic Peter Rose and garden historian and writer Anne Vale, a former chair of the Australian Garden History Society Victorian branch.
WRAP is also building awareness of North East established writers, including Yackandandah’s Kate Rotherham and Beverley Lello, and emerging writers, such as Wangaratta world-building and fantasy writer and graphic designer Chris Febvre. Challenge yourself by helping to create a new fairytale and develop an anthropomorphic creature with a twist – like a crocodile whose dream is simply to bake bread?
Poet and surgeon Paddy Dewan and singer-songwriter Marisa Quigley will host ‘Bookends’, a words and music workshop for children, and Beechworth Arts Council president Jamie Kronborg and vice president Daren John Pope will bite into lively ideas about North East artistic and cultural endeavour over lunch.
The program also features ‘Cereal words’, a writers’ breakfast at which all participating writers can take the opportunity to read from their own works, and a work-in-progress screening of ‘Potholes’, a collaboration between Kate Rotherham and Brendan Hogan to turn a short story into a short film.
See full program information and booking opportunities. Tickets sell fast.
Enquiries: Jamie Kronborg 0409 912 967 or email