Words in Winter 2021 Renaissance 7th – 15th August Maryborough Dunolly Carisbrook Talbot

“Renaissance” – Central Goldfields Sat 7th – Sun 15th August

Maryborough Dunolly Carisbrook Talbot

Note – Fest and all venues Covid safety run – in the event of lockdown content will be available online via www.wordsinwintercentralgoldfieldsvictoria.wordpress.com and wordsinwintercentralgoldfields on Facebook.

Sat 7thAugust 2021 – Clever Towns Crossword Challenge – Maryborough Regional Library

Help Maryborough compete with Goldfields towns to solve general knowledge crossword. Solve one clue or more, using only reference books. A favourite of our many crossword lovers. Sponsored by Snodger Media.

Date: Sat 7th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries: Kerry Peterson 03 5461 9111 Time: 10 am – 11.30 am Cost: Free

Sat 7th – Sun 15th August 2021 – Tilly Aston Memorial – Carisbrook

Learn about local historic writer and advocate for vision impaired, Tilly Aston, at this recently updated and informative memorial. Audio is available for insightful facts on this amazing historical figure as a self-guided presentation.

Date: 7th—15th August Venue: Tilly Aston Memorial Pyrenees Highway Carisbrook Time: All hours Cost: Free

Sat 7th – Sun 15th August 2021 – Word Pictures – Central Goldfields Art Gallery & Maryborough Writers

Maryborough Writers’ Group will write their interpretations in response to viewing four artworks from the Central Goldfields Art Gallery permanent collection. Literary responses will be shared in a public reading session at Central Goldfields Art Gallery 10am Friday 13th August. All members of the public welcome to attend to listen to the readings and see the artworks.

Date: 7th—15th August Venue: Central Goldfields Art Gallery 1 Neill Street Maryborough Enquiries: 03 5461 6600 Bookings: via HumnitixDirect link: https://events.humanitix.com/word-pictures-maryborough-writers-group-part-of-words-in-winter-festival or via booking link on link tree via https://linktr.ee/CGArtGallery Time: 10am – 4pm Thurs – Sun (Readings 10am Fri 13th August) Cost: Free

Sat 7th – Sun 15th August 2021 – Winter Light I & II – Exhibition – Central Goldfields Art Gallery

A vibrant exhibition showcasing the talents of visual artists living in the northern and southern regions of the Central Goldfields Shire, Dunolly, Bealiba, Talbot, and Majorca.

Date: 7th—15th August Venue: Central Goldfields Art Gallery 1 Neill Street Maryborough Enquiries: 03 5461 6600 Time: 10am – 4pm Thurs – Sun Cost: Free

Sat 7th – Sun 15th August 2021 – Historic Talbot & Artisans – Lyons Commercial Hotel Building, Talbot

Visit one of Talbot’s oldest buildings, Lyon’s Commercial Hotel, and learn about the fascinating history it holds from the Victorian Goldrush of the 1850s to the present. View the works of in-house artisans, Corridor Gallery, Felix Ceramics, Lyons Objects & Art. Informative tours through the building available on request.

Date: 7th—15th August (weekends only) Venue: Lyons Commercial Hotel Fyffe Street Talbot Time: 10am – 3pm Cost: Free

Sat 7th – Sun 8thAugust 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 – Sun 8thAugust Venue: Yellow Dog Vintage & Design 155A Broadway Dunolly Enquiries: 0418 875 453 Time: 10.30am – 3pm Cost: Free

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)

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 janicesimpson@hotmail.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)

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

Wed 11th August 2021 – Silent Reading Party – Maryborough Regional Library

Silent Reading Party craze returns at Maryborough Library, option for discussion afterwards over refreshments.

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

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.
Date: Thurs 12
th August Venue: Maryborough Regional Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries: 03 5461 9111 Time: 3.30-4.30pm Cost: Free

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 patty@pattybrown.com.au Time: 2pm Cost: $10

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)

Due to Covid, programmes in print available at Maryborough Info Centre @ Maryborough Railway Station, Maryborough Regional Library Nolan Street, Central Goldfields Art Gallery Neill Street, or online, search Visit Maryborough “What’s On”, or select “Maryborough” under “All Towns” at https://wordsinwinter.com/

Due to Covid, some event details may/will vary, please follow updates from venues and information outlets.

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Words in Winter Central Goldfields 2020 – COVID-19 – Ten Years – Milestone – Thanks to all.

It’s been a challenging year, when back in March due to COVID-19, decisions were made in many arts and related fields to postpone public gatherings and events. This has continued into August, the month we are usually up and running from this morning (Sat 1st August), with the Clever Towns Crossword Challenge (Snodger Media) at libraries around the goldfields every year. But with libraries and other venues still restricted or temporarily closed, we haven’t been able to launch in the way we have in past years. Wishing to thank the towns of Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, Avoca, and Talbot, and every artist, gallery, musician, writer, painter, venue, and associated media and community support services for their part in bringing ten years of great stuff consistently in the coldest season of the year. We will post some flashbacks throughout the month to highlight the wonderful offerings over the past decade, and still call it a celebration even though we cannot launch as usual. Some images from 2019 are featured below. Huge thanks to all!

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WIW2019 – Crime Can Pay! – Interview with Janice Simpson- Upcoming Workshop 10th October 2019 – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

Very close now to the “Crime Can Pay!” Crime Writing Workshop, led by author Janice Simpson, coming up 10th October, 2019.  Got together with her, just to give a bit of an insight into the content of the afternoon.  Sounds fantastic, thank you Janice for your time, see you all there!  Avoca Arts Gallery 127 are taking bookings now until 8th October, details below.

  1. We know you are looking forward to this workshop and have some very interesting and exciting material for attendees to play with.  Are you able to give a quick round up of the main points of crime genre writing covered? 

In any work of the imagination the creator usually works on constructing a setup that pits the protagonist at odds with others, whether they be other characters, the protagonist’s own demons or the environment in which the protagonist is operating in, for example. I shall outline a quick way for writers to see where basic conflict lies, and how this can be fleshed out to make a seamless and realistic story that is easy to write. And we’ll also talk about character development, setting, time and dialogue.

  1. To our knowledge, this is the first workshop in the genre ever held in our corner of the Victorian Goldfields! There is so much history and story in the area, do you plan to delve into local historic material with attendees, and offer ways of how to use it? 

History is a writer’s dream backdrop as there is much to research. The Goldfields are very rich with many perspectives from the newly arrived gold-seeker to the old-timer, to the present day fossickers with their high-tech equipment; townspeople, traders, bankers, robbers, swindlers, women, children, animals – all played a role, as did entrepreneurs, reporters, artists, doctors, farmers and so on and so forth. The list is endless, making this a fabulous way to set a story. I’m sure attendees will be well aware of the possibilities that this area presents.

  1. Will you be providing any tips on how to overcome writer’s block and creating a writing routine? 

I don’t actually believe in writer’s block. It’s procrastination that is the bugbear. And there are many ways to get moving, get your writing kicking along. Routines are important for everyone. Writing is no different. If you wish to call yourself a writer then that is what you must do, write. I shall outline methods that have worked for me in getting words on paper and describe how a couple of my writing colleagues do it too.

  1. Is the workshop suited to beginners, also, who have never written in the crime genre? 

Most definitely. Everyone will find this workshop beneficial: established writers, those new to writing, or for people who just want to explore their creative side for a few hours. From my experience, one can never attend too many workshops as a writer or a creative person. There’s always something someone says that sparks an idea, a new technique to acquire, a new friend or writing buddy in the room, some fun to be had.

  1. What would you say, from your own wisdom and experience, to budding crime writers developing manuscripts in the region, who would love to be published in this very popular genre? 

Good writing will always get published. As many will know, Australian publishing is flat as the industry responds to changing readerships and different platforms for reading. However, the number of crime novels that are published in Australia is growing. It’s also important to point out that publishing is more than a printed book. Think about podcasts, blogs, articles and short stories; audiences including young adults and children as well as works aimed at adult readerships. And remember, there is a market for both fiction and nonfiction when it comes to crime.

Date: Thurs 10th October 2019 Venue: Avoca Arts Gallery 127 13-15 York Avenue, Avoca Victoria Enquiries: Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 11.45 am arrival/registration – 4pm finish, with meal breaks Cost: $50 p.p. (includes afternoon tea) 

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WIW2019 Follow On Workshop – Crime Can Pay! – Janice Simpson – Avoca Arts Gallery 127 Thurs 10th October

Following the Words in Winter 2019 intro to her crime novels at Maryborough Library, local author Janice Simpson will lead a workshop which will give participants first hand experience in the genre.  Hugh Forster at Avoca Arts Gallery 127 is pleased to host this event.  See full details below:

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Crime Can Pay! – Introduction to Crime Writing – Workshop with Author Janice Simpson at Avoca

Crime can pay! Just ask Sulari Gentill or Jock Serong or Emma Viskic or Gary Disher or…any of Australia’s growing number of successful crime writers.

In this short course you will kickstart your crime writing skills by learning what a great crime story comprises. Plot, of course, is important, but so are the characters and what they say to each other. Readers also want to know where your characters are and what motivates them to do what they do.

Maybe you are fascinated by history, current social issues, global goings-on, celebrities, politics, sport… Whatever your interest, crime writing fits the bill. It is one of, if not the, most flexible genres for writers.

And here’s a motivation. In 2019, the crime short story awards, the Scarlet Stilettos, are worth more than $10,000 for writers. Check out the various categories online. You have 10 months, starting now, to write and polish a winner!

Details below, limited spaces, so be quick!

Date: Thurs 10th October 2019 Venue: Avoca Arts Gallery 127 13-15 York Avenue, Avoca Victoria Enquiries: Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 11.45 am arrival/registration – 4pm finish, with meal breaks Cost: $50 p.p. (includes afternoon tea) 

Crime Writing Workshop Materials List

Bring with you:

A notebook

Pens and pencils


A list of your favourite crime authors (no more than 5)

Bring along a laptop or notebook if you wish, but most exercises will be done using pen and paper.

A bit about Janice – author bio:

Janice Simpson lives in Maryborough in regional Victoria, a landscape for wildlife and thinking. She grew up in rural Victoria on a sheep farm. Miles away from friends during weekends and holidays, she spent a lot of time imagining other worlds through the many books she found on the shelves at home and in the shire library, housed in a silent and dusty hall. Perhaps this early life is best described by a passage from her travel memoir, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. ‘I feel a stab of homesickness when I see the sprawling red gums that inhabit the land of my childhood, the place where I learnt how to cook, garden, harvest, preserve, look after animals, read, make things, explore, ride a bike, find solace in my own company’. Janice has won awards for her work, and has been published in a range of magazines. She is a PhD student on the brink of submitting to examiners after completing creative practice research regarding infant adoption in Australia. A former national convenor of Sisters in Crime, she is writing her third crime novel, Double Fault.

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Fantastic WIW2019 – Thanks Everyone!

What a fantastic nine days of arts, music, writing, writers, authors, poets and storytellers! Thanks to all who helped, bought tickets, provided support and much more.  Special thanks goes to Maryborough Advertiser, Goldfields Getaway, Big Cat Print, Maryborough Butter Factory, The Welcome Record Dunolly, Maryborough Visitor Centre, Central Goldfields Shire Tourism, Maryborough Library, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Katescastle Book Emporium, Goldfields Gymnastics, Avoca Arts Gallery 127, Madam Chi Chi Cafe, and all the artists and performers.  Thanks to all other Words in Winter towns for linking us every year.  Next year in 2020 will be running from Saturday 1st to Friday 7th August, with a great line up and more on offer in Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, and Avoca.  It will be a special year for the region as we celebrate ten years. There are some value added events coming up for the year due to popularity, so keep following this site for details, and there was also a launch for Pyrenees Platform Writers at Avoca Railway Station complex, which will put on events through the year.  All the best for Spring, just around the corner!

Sun 11th August – Poetry Promenade – Avoca Arts Gallery 127


Sun 11th August 2019 – Poetry Promenade – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

Enjoy a parade of poets, story tellers and players as they present an afternoon of great delight, while listening to the magic of their word-craft and its impact on our imagination and emotions.

Date: Sun 11th August Venue: Avoca Arts Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca Bookings: Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 2pm: Cost: $15 includes afternoon tea/finger food. (Taltarni wines by the glass at bar prices.)

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Sat 10th August – Historic Fiction Workshop – Heather Whitford Roche – Avoca Arts Gallery 127


Sat 10th August 2019 – Historic Fiction Workshop – Heather Whitford Roche – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

Learn fiction writing, historic research session. Informative workshop from local self-published author, Heather Roche.

Date: Sat 10th August Venue: Avoca Arts Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca Bookings: Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 2pm for 2.30pm start Cost: $15 (includes afternoon tea) (Taltarni wines available by the glass at bar prices)

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Thurs 8th August – Aviva Live Soiree – Hosted by Gregg Joseph – Supreme Hotel Maryborough


Thurs 8th August 2019 – Aviva Live Soiree – Hosted by Gregg Joseph – Supreme Hotel Maryborough

Festival favourite returns, the popular soiree with curated regional talent, word to blues, soul, rock and jazz.

Date: Thurs 8th August Venue: Supreme Hotel Havelock Street Maryborough Bookings: Musical Director Gregg Joseph 0490 065 337 Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start Cost: $15 (includes refreshments)

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Thurs 8th August – Crime Writer – Local Author Talk – Janice Simpson – Maryborough Regional Library


Thurs 8th August 2019 – Crime Writer – Local Author Talk – Janice Simpson – Maryborough Regional Library

Talk and book signing by local crime writer Janice Simpson. Author of “Murder in Mt Martha” and “A Body of Work”.

Date: Thurs 8th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries: Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 6-7pm Cost: Free (Copies of book available for purchase and signing.)

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Thurs 8th August – Upcycle Book Craft Session – Dunolly Branch Library


Thurs 8th August 2019 – Upcycle Book Craft Session – Dunolly Branch Library

Join in a session of craft at St John’s Hall. Upcycle old books to create a masterpiece to take home.

Date: Thurs 8th August Venue: Dunolly Library St Johns Hall Barkly Street Dunolly Enquiries: Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 2-4pm Cost: Free (All ages welcome, resources supplied.)

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