Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, 21–22 July 2012

Published : Monday, July 02, 2012 | Label:

Bowral, it turns out, is one of the world’s book towns. One of the few. Not before time, I guess, we’re holding our first literary festival, over the weekend of 21 to 22 July.

A lively program, dreamed up by Michaela Bolzan, who’s hatched the festival all on her own, showcases poets, playwrights, philosophers, comedians, novelists, journalists, and Amanda Hayward, e-publisher of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Guests include Kirsten Tranter, Katherine Thomson, Frank Moorhouse, Richard Glover, Sue Woolfe, Skye Rogers, Kate Forsyth, and Serge Dansereau, who’s cooking us all dinner.

I’m up first thing Saturday morning, talking about how the new carbon tax will affect the consumption of poetry, that precious resource.

Well, I may touch on that, but it’s more likely I’ll share some new and old poems and some reflections on the uses of poetry in an increasingly shrill age.

For more: And you might want to book fast. Michaela tells me the dinner, in particular, is selling out fast.


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