About & Other Towns

This is the Central Goldfields Victoria region website, part of the Words in Winter Celebration originating in Daylesford, Victoria, more info here www.wordsinwinter.com.  This year’s theme is “Life!” and features an original work by Hepburn Shire artist Josh Bowes. Towns involved in 2019 Words in Winter Central Goldfields are Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, and Avoca from Pyrenees Shire. Monika Roleff Voluntary Regional Co-ordinator, Voluntary Musical Supporter Christine Sullivan, Voluntary Musical Director Gregg R Joseph, and local venues. Maryborough Butter Factory has kindly donated print funds, which the participants are grateful for.  Central Goldfields Shire have supported the local artists with tourism advertising in the winter edition of Goldfields Getaway.  We are grateful for this support, and hope you enjoy 2019.

Central Goldfields Shire Logo Small Copyright 2019

image004 MBF Logo copyright 2019

Words in Winter as a whole supports Creative Victoria cultural directions deriving from RCC2018 –

  • the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung as Traditional Owners of this land with deep cultural roots and places these communities at its centre as First Peoples.
  • the region’s cities and towns which have developed and nurtured a strong cultural identity, reflected in the area’s theatres, galleries, festivals and creative offering.
  • the large number of artists developing work locally and collaborating with other artists and communities.


This season of events runs from Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th August, 2019.  The theme of this year is “Life!”.  Find all town information and programmes at Words in Winter website here.

Links to websites of all Words in Winter towns below:

Daylesford & Hepburn Words in Winter 2019

Trentham Words in Winter 2019

Clunes Words in Winter 2019

Newstead Words in Winter 2019

Creswick Words in Winter 2019

Clever Towns Crossword Challenge Sponsored by Snodger Media

Original Artwork “Life!” copyright Josh Bowes 2019.


Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts. Words in Winter is a celebration of words, stories and ideas in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions.

Words in Winter is a not-for-profit organisation (operating as Spa Country Events Inc).

The festival is run by a volunteer committee of management,  in 2013 – 2018 comprising Jen Bray: Chair, Anne E Stewart: Secretary, and Mark Dickenson:  Treasurer.

Words in Winter is one of the broadest festivals in the Hepburn Shire region. In 2013 nine towns participated including Daylesford, Trentham, Clunes, Newstead, Creswick, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Carisbrook and Dunolly. Each town’s events are organised by a volunteer Words in Winter committee or co-ordinator who create their own unique program.

The festival receives grant funding from Hepburn Shire and support through Hepburn Libraries for Family Day. It receives generous in-kind support from local businesses and individuals, without which it could not operate.

Words in Winter was founded in 2002 by David Hall and is now in its sixteenth year, read more about the history of Words in Winter.

Festival Directors, Daylesford – Maia Irell and Kevin Childs.

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