WORKSHOP: WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE

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Dialogue isn’t just about ‘she said’, ‘he said’.  Done well, dialogue will enhance a plot, explore relationships and define characterisation.
Join bestselling author Melina Marchetta to discover how to write succinct and powerful dialogue that transforms your creative writing.

Date: Saturday 24th August
Time:
1:30-2:30
Tickets: 
 $70/$60
Facilitator:  Melina Marchetta
Event:  Workshop
Venue:  Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba

THE CHILDREN’S HOUSE

This latest novel by award-winning West Australian novelist, The Children’s House is a love song to the idea of families in all their mysteries and complexities, their different configurations and the hope that creates them.

In conversation with writer Stephanie Bishop.

Date: Saturday 24th of August
Time: 10am until 11am
Tickets: $20/$17.50
Speaker: Alice Nelson in conversation with Stephanie Bishop
Venue:  The Ballroom, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St Katoomba

Day passes also available

THE GRASS LIBRARY

In his latest book, David Brooks takes the reader on a philosophical and poetic journey that recounts his relationship with his four sheep and other animals at his Blue Mountains home.

In conversation with poet, animal rights campaigner and founder of Animal Liberation Christine Townend.

Date: Saturday 24th August
Time:
10am to 11am
Tickets:
  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  David Brooks in conversation with Christine Townend.
Venue:  Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St Katoomba

Day passes also available

ON DRUGS

Philosopher Chris Fleming discusses his own experience of drug addiction, which began while he was a student and later became a life-threatening obsession.

From popping pharmaceuticals to debating the meaning of life with drug dealers, expect humour, insight and a spectacularly frank conversation with Ivor Indyk, founding editor of HEAT magazine and Giramondo Publishing.

Date: Saturday 24th August
Time:
11:30-12:30
Tickets:
$20/$17.50
Speakers:  Chris Fleming, in conversation with Ivor Indyk
Venue:  The Ballroom, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

GEOGRAPHIES OF THE IMAGINATION

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From physically walking trails in high places to creating journeys of the imagination, award-winning writers Leah Kaminsky and Patti Miller explore what drives them to write, and the boundaries of where memoir writing becomes fiction.

In conversation with writer Carol Major.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:   Leah Kaminsky and Patti Miller in conversation with Carol Major.
Venue:  Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

FILM SCREENING: CLARENCE WALDEN with ALEXIS WRIGHT

Gangalidda political leader Clarence Walden is known throughout the Carpentaria region as one of the most important intellectual figureheads alive today.

In this extraordinary, confronting and at times inspiring documentary, Clarence takes us on a journey through the hardships of growing up in the 1950s and 60s on the remote Doomadgee Mission in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

His story was captured by the Writing & Society Research team, who travelled to remote Queensland to record Clarence in discussion with award-winning Indigenous writer Alexis Wright.

The documentary runs for approximately 45mins and will be followed by Clarence Walden in conversation with Alexis Wright.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Clarence Walden in conversation with Alexis Wright
Venue: The Ballroom, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

This event is supported by the Writing & Society Research Centre of Western Sydney University.

ON WRITING, WITH MELINA MARCHETTA

Melina Marchetta’s nine novels include middle-grade, YA and adult fiction, spanning the genres of literary fiction, crime and fantasy.

Melina will be joined by her commissioning editor Amy Thomas from Penguin Random House, and together they will share their insights into the process and craft of writing and publishing.

In conversation with ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Melina Marchetta and Amy Thomas, in conversation with James Valentine.
Venue:  Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH OLIVER PHOMMAVANH

Come and have a laugh with the author of Don’t Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, The Other Christy and more.

Oliver Phommavanh is a children’s author and stand-up comedian who loves playing his Nintendo Switch and eating burgers to post on his Instagram. Oliver will have your kids laughing until their sides hurt.

Tickets:  FREE  (children under 12 months and parents do not require a ticket)

Speaker:  Oliver Phommavanh
Venue:  Blue Mountains Library, 30 Parke St, Katoomba

 

THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHERNESS

Questions of race and identity are increasingly important in a politically divisive society. Arab-Australians Miran Hosny and Wafa Kazal, contributors to the new book Arab Australian Other: Stories on Race and Identity, talk about their experiences of otherness and belonging.

In conversation with Sara Saleh, contributor and joint editor of the collection.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Miran Hosny, Wafa Kazaland Sara Saleh
Venue: The Ballroom, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

INSIDE PUBLISHING

Wondering how to negotiate the publishing industry?

This panel discussion explores the inner workings of the publishing world from the perspective of the experts.

Join publisher Annette Barlow, owner of Gleebooks David Gaunt , editor Jody Lee and agent Grace Heifetz in this informative and generous session.

Chaired by Writing NSW’s CEO, Jane McCredie.

Tickets: $25/$20
Speakers:  Annette BarlowDavid Gaunt, Jody Lee,  Grace Heifetz
Chair:  Jane McCredie.
Venue:  Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba

BLOOD AND DIRT

Join Chris Hammer, author of the bestselling thriller Scrublands, in conversation with ABC Radio Sydney’s Cassie McCullagh, as they discuss crime writing, the keeping of secrets, and the underbelly of Australia’s hinterland.

Tickets:  $20/$17.50
Speakers:  Chris Hammerin conversation with Cassie McCullagh
Venue:  The Ballroom, Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Day passes also available

LIBRARY PYJAMA PARTY – BANANAS IN PYJAMAS

Hosted by the Bananas in Pyjamas, this is a pyjama party not to be missed. You know what they’ll be wearing, and we want you to join them!

With stories, games, craft, music and an opportunity to meet the Bananas, you’ll want to wear your very best pyjamas to this special festival event.

Seriously, wear your pyjamas. Especially you, grown-ups.
Numbers limited, please book online

Tickets:  $6 (children under 12 months and parents are free)
Special Guests:  Bananas in Pajamas
Venue: Blue Mountains Library, 30 Parke St Katoomba

LITERARY DINNER WITH KERRY O’BRIEN

Join our festival family for a special literary dinner in The Grand Dining Room of The Carrington Hotel.

Kerry O’Brien, one of Australia’s most respected journalists, will give the keynote festival address, and ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine will be our MC.

Kerry is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for outstanding leadership in journalism.

With a career spanning more than fifty years, Kerry has worked for newspaper, television and a wire service, and as a foreign correspondent. Thirty-three of those years were at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he cut his teeth on the trail-blazing current affairs programs This Day Tonight and Four Corners. He was the inaugural presenter of Lateline for six years, the editor and presenter of 7.30 for fifteen years, and the presenter of Four Corners for five.

Kerry will bring a wealth of experience and insight into the Australian political landscape and deliver an unmissable address.

Tickets: $115 include a two-course dinner, live music and wine. Places strictly limited.
Speakers: Kerry O’Brien, James Valentine
Venue: The Carrington Grand Dining Room, The Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba