UPDATE: 30th June 2022 – from Monika Roleff (Area Co-ordinator Central Goldfields Region). After eleven plus years, have handed over area-co-ordinator role of Words in Winter Central Goldfields. Gregg Joseph also handed over his role of Musical Director, and Christine Sullivan handed over role of voluntary patron. We would like to thank everyone who has been so kind and creative over the past years, and wish everyone well. There will be a new website created by Janice Simpson who is a local writer and has accepted the role of Maryborough Co-ordinator, Patty Brown remains Talbot Co-ordinator, Dunolly Neighbourhood Centre/Arts Hub have taken on their town’s co-ordinating position, and Carisbrook will be self-managing also, along with Avoca. Special thanks to local councils, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough Regional Library, local communities, businesses, and venues, media, and the many local and incoming artists who made these years great. Thanks in particular to Maia Irell and Daylesford Committee past and present, Glen and Peta Heyne, and founder David Hall and his late wife Lorelle. The fest had not existed in Maryborough area before 2011, and through the Daylesford Committee and Rhonda Fawcett (prior Clunes Co-ordinator) the approach was made to me to bring it to the region. Many happy memories are the result. With good wishes the event goes forward. A retrospective from the past years will feature, following on with highlights. Thank you all.
Though restricted, undergoing many swift adjustments due to Lockdown 6 announced Thurs 5th before launch Sat 7th August 2021, everyone rallied to go ahead with whatever we could salvage. When regional Victoria was released from hard lockdown to restrictions only, Mon 9th August, the result was that 8 out of the 13 events went ahead in restricted formats. Kind event holders and venues adapted to shift plans to different dates. It was only luck and hard work that allowed us to get it through. Thanks go to all of you who provided support, came to events, performed at venues, coped with the challenges, and provided first class entertainment for all who attended. Though all were small events, capped due to guidelines, they were vibrant and talented contributions from the community. We thank Maryborough Visitor Centre who coped so well with the changing landscape of promotions, Central Goldfields Shire for assistance with a hall, Gregg Joseph Musical Director for a great show under pressure, Ballarat Words Out Loud, NDIS community, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough Writers, and Words in Winter Daylesford for promotional funding/assistance. Great to have Talbot on board again, too. Wishing everyone the best, keep safe and well, in these challenging times.
All right reserved, copyright remains with individual artists/creatives, concept and form, festival images copyright M. Roleff.
Sun 15th August 2021 – Tales from the Treehouse – Leigh Hay Author/Poet – Buckley’s of Dunolly
Rachel Buckley hosts an afternoon of music and poetry presented by Melbourne author/poet Leigh Hay in the Melba Lounge by the fireside. Light afternoon tea at interval included in ticket price. Copies of Leigh’s books will be available for purchase. Bookings strongly encouraged.
Date: Sun 15thAugust Venue: Buckley’s of Dunolly 1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Road Dunolly Enquiries/Bookings: 03 5468 1858 Time: 2pm Cost: $15 (includes light afternoon tea)
Sun 15th August 2021 – Children’s Writing Workshop – Hannah Clarke – Talbot Library
A workshop combining story-telling, writing, and drawing with Hannah Clarke, primary teacher of fifteen years’ experience. (7-9 year age group)
Date: Sun 15thAugust Venue: Talbot Library 11 Camp Street Enquiries/Bookings: tickets may be purchased from Talbot Library 2-4pm Tues or 10am-12pm Sat or online via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-writing-workshop-tickets-161421679589 or contact Patty Brown 0414 703 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org Time: 2pm Cost: $10
Thurs 12th August 2021 – Winter Craft Session – Maryborough Regional Library & Dunolly Library
Maryborough Library staff present a wonderful winter craft session suitable to all ages. All materials provided. Also available via Dunolly Library, Old Police Station 42 Market Street Dunolly. Enquiries via details below. ***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS – ALL BRANCHES***
Date: Thurs 12th August Venue: Maryborough Regional Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries: 03 5461 9111 Time: 3.30-4.30pm Cost: Free
Wed 11th August 2021 – Silent Reading Party – Maryborough Regional Library
Silent Reading Party craze returns at Maryborough Library, option for discussion afterwards over refreshments. ***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS***
Date: Wed 11th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries: Bec Clark/Maree Stephenson 03 5461 9111 Time: 6-7.30pm Cost: Free
Wed 11th August 2021 – The Red and White Socks – Maryborough Writers – Community Hub Maryborough
Great afternoon’s entertainment from the collaborative talents of the Maryborough Writers’ Group and U3A members, as they read their joint authorship work “The Red and White Socks” at the Community Hub. Light refreshments provided.
Date: Wed 11th August Venue: Community Hub (Behind Council Offices Nolan Street) Maryborough Enquiries: Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 1.30pm Cost: Free
Sun 8th August 2021 – Museum of Lost and Found: Stories of Australian Adoptees – Janice Simpson Author
A session led by local author, Janice Simpson, features readings from stories about place and identity of adoptees to enrich participants’ understanding of the fragmentary history of adoption in Australia, when the adoption of children was conducted and sanctioned by both the church and the state. Also included is an exhibition of artefacts created by Janice.
Date: Sun 8th August Venue: Slightly Bent Books cnr. Scandinavian Cres. and Camp Street Talbot Bookings: Janice Simpson email@example.com or online Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-museum-of-the-lost-and-found-stories-of-australianadoptees-tickets-158640817957 Time: 2.15pm for 2.30pm start (90 mins.) Cost: $10 (includes light refreshment on entry) (Accepting Cash, EFT or Credit Card payment at door)
Sat 7th August 2021 – Gregg Joseph & Friends – Music and Words – Maryborough Senior Citizens’ Hall
Enjoy an afternoon of first class music and readings from local musicians, writers, and poets, including special guests Ballarat Words Out Loud. Light refreshments at interval. Bookings not required, all welcome.
Date: Sat 7thAugust Venue: Maryborough Senior Citizens’ Hall Alma Street Maryborough Enquiries: Gregg Joseph 0457 495 007 Time: 2pm Cost: $10 (includes light refreshments at interval)
Sat 7th August 2021 – Vintage Book Sale and Street Open Mic – Yellow Dog Vintage, Dunolly
A fun new event hosted by Lynda Vater, street poets at Yellow Dog Vintage on Broadway. Antique & Collectable Book Sale @ Renaissance Prices. Writers and poets take a seat in the reading chair, share your favourite written work. (No experience necessary, just come along and read from your own or other works.)
Date: Sat 7th August Venue: Yellow Dog Vintage & Design 155A Broadway Dunolly Enquiries: 0418 875 453 Time: 10.30am – 3pm Cost: Free