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.  Towns involved in 2018 Words in Winter Central Goldfields are Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, and Avoca from Pyrenees Shire. Monika Roleff Regional Co-ordinator, supported by Regional Patron Christine Sullivan, Regional Musical Director Gregg R. Joseph, non-profit Creative Goldfields Maryborough, Venue Partners Maryborough Butter Factory and KATESCASTLE Book Emporium Maryborough.  This year, support from Creative Victoria Regional Centre for Culture 2018 allows for wider reach and more arts for the region, and neighbouring shires.  All programmes will be featured on Melbourne’s Time Out Event Guide.  The festival as a whole supports Creative Victoria cultural directions for 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.

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This season of events runs from Saturday 4th – Saturday 25th August, 2018.  The theme of this year is “Change and Chance”.  Find all town information and programmes at brand new Words in Winter website here.

Links to websites of all Words in Winter towns below:

Daylesford & Hepburn Words in Winter 2018

Trentham Words in Winter 2018

Clunes Words in Winter 2018

Newstead Words in Winter 2018

Creswick Words in Winter 2018

Clever Towns Crossword Challenge Sponsored by Snodger Media


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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