Keep your eyes peeled for all the latest news from our sponsors, then pay them back for their efforts by following them on their social media channels or dropping in on their website or blog.

Building Better Regions Fund

We are very grateful for project funding received from the Australian Government.

The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The fund invests in projects located in, or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.

Create NSW

Create NSW is the NSW Government’s arts policy and funding body who provides advice to the Minister for the Arts on how to sustain and develop arts and culture in the State and contribute to broader government policy objectives.


Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust

Part of our Blue Mountains City Council, the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust program supports programs throughout our community that encourage arts quality and innovation, that strengthen the local arts sector and that engage the local community and visitors as both participants and/or audience.

We are so grateful to the City of the Arts Trust for their support for this year’s festival program.

ABC Radio Sydney

Start your day on ABC Radio Sydney with a serving of Breakfast with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck. Hear the latest news, current affairs, and sport, plus the best stories from across your city, with regular traffic and weather updates.


Media Partner

Writing and Society Research Centre

The Writing and Society Research Centre is a supporter of this year’s festival, in particular supporting our feature event with Clarence Walden and Alexis Wright.  core interest is in literature as a form of knowledge, and as an agent for the examination of social and cultural values. We provide a rigorous and active context for our researchers, and higher degree candidates.

The Writing and Society Research Centre is part of Western Sydney University.


Blue Mountains Library

We are grateful to the Blue Mountains Library for their support of the Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival, working with us to create an exciting and accessible program for our younger readers.

The events in this year’s festival are held at the Katoomba branch of the city library.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains.

Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the World Heritage area, it links the main shopping precinct on Katoomba Street through enhanced pedestrian connections.

Being the first publicly owned and managed, purpose designed facility of the arts to be constructed in the Blue Mountains, it is expected that the development will significantly contribute to the improvement of the economic health and cultural vitality of the Blue Mountains and the surrounding regions.


WestWords, based in Parramatta, is dedicated to celebrating and championing the stories of the people, places and cultures that comprise the heart of Western Sydney. A guiding philosophy of WestWords is a belief in the power of literature and literacy (written, oral and visual), self-expression and creativity to change lives and the experience of communities. With a strategic focus on children and young people and through a comprehensive program of workshops, residencies, fellowships and support for writers we offer professional opportunities for the growth of distinctive voice


MTNS MADE was commissioned by Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), the peak regional economic development organisation for the Blue Mountains. BMEE aims to stimulate economic development in the Blue Mountains through advocacy, investment and industry development.

The creative industries is one of BMEE’s strategic pillars for economic development and in 2013 BMEE launched the Creative Industries Cluster to facilitate growth and collaboration in the sector. MTNS MADE is one of the Cluster’s key initiatives, in response to industry demand for a bold new approach to branding and the desire to position the region as an internationally competitive creative hub.

Bendigo Bank

The origins of Bendigo Bank began more than 150 years ago in two great Australian communities, Bendigo in Victoria and Adelaide in South Australia. Bendigo Bank and Adelaide Bank each started out as building societies, driven to help Australians buy their own home.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is now a top 60 ASX listed company, owned by more than 90,000 shareholders. We have more than 6,500 employees, who serve about 1.5 million customers in over 500 communities Australia-wide.

Benetatos White

Benetatos White, established in 1993, has become one of the leading law firms in the Blue Mountains. Our dedicated and professional team delivers quality legal services in most practice areas and we are accredited specialists in family law.

The Carrington Hotel

Restored to its former grandeur, this heritage listed hotel is a local landmark offering the elegance, luxury & charm of yesteryear. Spacious guest rooms & Suites are offered in an array of different styles, catering for all tastes and budgets. The Carrington is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park


Blue Mountains Mazda

Thank you to Carth and the gang at Blue Mountains Mazda, our local Mazda dealer with car sales in Medlow Bath (which has to the best view from a car sales yard in all of Australia) and car service in Katoomba. Owned and operated by the Macarthur family, Blue Mountains Mazda have been around in the Blue Mountains since the 1940s.

Byron Bay Writers Festival

Thank you Byron Bay Writers Festival for collaborating with us on our first Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival to bring international guest Tishani Doshi to Australia.

First held in 1997, Byron Bay Writers Festival is central to the literary, cultural and intellectual life of the Northern Rivers region.

Crisp Audio and Visual

Robin Crisp from Crisp Audio (a Blue Mountains business that provides audio for events all around the country) is an institution at  Varuna. Always the calm amidst the storm, Robin ensures  we have good sound without a glitch. We so appreciate Robin’s generosity and don’t know what we’d do without him.


Falls Wines

Falls Wines was established in the year 2000 to produce and market wine from grapes grown at the Falls Vineyard, Canowindra which is situated in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales approximately 20 kilometres north east of Cowra and 4 hours drive west from Sydney. Historic Canowindra is a pristine example of a town bearing the hallmarks of wealth supported by both gold mining and wool production in previous centuries with its heritage-listed main street. The region is favoured by a general abundance of water provided by the Lachlan and Belubula Rivers and boasts rich soils which gave rise to the cultivation of many crops such as lucerne and canola and a variety of vegetables. More recent times have seen the establishment of a number of vineyards.

Leura Garage

Set at the top of Leura Mall, a great place to enjoy a bite to eat is Leura Garage. You might want to call ahead and book because locals visit this laid-back cafe, filling its tables every day.

A former mechanic’s workshop, Leura Garage still has a vintage car-hoist – now used as a wine rack – and plant pots made from stacked tyres.The food’s pretty good too: try the pizza, or share some calamari for a lighter bite.


Gleebooks is Sydney’s leading independent bookseller, with two stores in Blackheath (one for new books, and one for second-hand). We are grateful to Gleebooks not just for their support as our Festival bookseller, but also for the programming advice and festival assistance so willingly given by owner David Gaunt. Thank you David!

Newcastle Writers Festival

The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013, with more than 70 writers participating in 38 sessions – half of which were free. Subsequent festivals have been bigger and better still, and the festival is looking forward to exceeding expectations with their eighth event in April 2020.

We’re so grateful to Festival Director Rosemarie Milsom for her generous advice during the setting up of this first year of our Blue Mountains Writers Festival, and for collaborating with us to bring international guest Tishani Doshi to Australia.  

Mount Vic Flicks

Mount Vic Flicks is located in heritage-listed Mount Victoria, one of the highest towns in the Blue Mountains and is a much loved and treasured icon of the Upper Blue Mountains. Built in 1934, the cinema is a window into the golden age of Australian country picture theatre culture.

The family run independent cinema shows an eclectic mix of quality films from Australia and abroad, arthouse to kids, new releases to classics. Mount Vic Flicks are a participating cinema of the captured in HD broadcasts of the National Theatre Live and MET Opera series and host various local and international film festivals, special events and fundraisers.

Platform Gallery

Platform Gallery is Australia’s first dedicated feminist art gallery. In a world where 70% of arts graduates are women, but women make up less than 30% of exhibiting artists, Platform Gallery’s mission is to correct the gender imbalance by celebrating, exhibiting and promoting women in the arts.

Platform Gallery features new exhibitions every three weeks, a selection of handmade contemporary jewellery, a monthly feminist book club held in the gallery on the third Thursday of every month and a range of feminist happenings such as author and artist talks.

Platform Gallery is the venue for the launch of Ailie Bank’s new book on Friday 23 August.

Red Egg Design

Scenic World Shared

Scenic World is a third generation family business operating in Katoomba for over 70 years. The Shared program builds on our decades of local philanthropy with a framework for future giving.



With a history more than ninety-five years providing a full range of accounting services, Trumans is the right size to give you the personal and partner-level service you want and large enough to provide the experience and support you need to confidently manage and grow your business.

Trumans is a respected firm of Chartered Accountants with offices located in Chatswood and the Blue Mountains. Trumans Wealth Management is located at Level 10, 4 Martin Place, Sydney.

Sydney Writers Festival

Sydney Writers’ Festival have helped Varuna to nurture a satellite writers festival in the Blue Mountains since 2002, and it is the support of Sydney Writers’ Festival that has helped us grow in confidence enough to branch out as an independent event.

We are particularly grateful for the generous mentoring from Creative Director Michaela McGuire in getting this year’s festival off the ground.