Fantastic WIW 2018 – Thanks Everyone!

What a fantastic three weeks of arts, music, writing, writers, authors, poets and funny storytellers! Thanks to all who helped, bought tickets, provided support and much more.  Special thanks goes to RCC2018, Maryborough Advertiser, Big Cat Print, Carisbrook Mercury, The Welcome Record Dunolly, Maryborough Visitor Centre, Maryborough Library, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Katescastle Book Emporium, Maple Tree House, Avoca Arts Gallery 127, and all the artists and performers.  Thanks to all other Words in Winter towns for linking us every year.  Congratulations to all authors who launched books during the three weeks.  Next year will be running from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th August, with a great line up and more on offer in Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook and Avoca.  There are some value added events coming up for the year due to popularity, so keep following this site for details.  Happy Spring!

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Words in Winter Central Goldfields Change & Chance – Maryborough Dunolly Carisbrook Avoca 2018



Words in Winter 2018 Programme “Change and Chance”

Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, Avoca Sat 4th – Sat 25th August

Sat 4th – Sat 25th August 2018 – Oceanarium Installation & It Takes a Child to Grow a Village Exhibition – Central Goldfields Art Gallery

Dive into the undersea world created by Karen Richards and Sue Ferrari, of mysterious sea creatures from the southwest coast of Victoria. Wearing a special head torch, visitors can roam this deep sea underworld created in machine embroidered and knitted forms. Gallery installation partners with Central Goldfields Library. Funded by Regional Centre for Culture 2018, see the tiny ceramic villages created under the direction of regional artist Ann Ferguson, by the small hands of kindergarten children, which visitors can arrange into stories of community and cultural possibilities for young families in the region. (Runs until 2nd September 2018)

Date: Sat 4th Venue: Central Goldfields Art Gallery Neill Street Maryborough Enquiries Kay Parkin 03 5460 4588 Time: Thurs – Sun 10-4pm Cost: Free/Gold Coin Donation

Sat 4th – Sat 25th August 2018 – Local Artists’ Exhibition – Possum Gully Fine Arts Gallery

Enjoy this gallery curated art exhibition showcasing local artists’ work using diverse media. In a sculpture garden setting, this is a beautiful bush creative space, featuring a range of bonsai trees and a nursery. Patricia Walsh is a well known exhibiting artist and teacher, with works of her own on show, she can advise on collecting Australian art. Local artists include Vida Pearson, Vija Harris, Dean Bowen, and Juliana Hilton.

Date: Sat 4th – Sat 25th August Venue: Possum Gallery Fine Arts Gallery 428 Possum Gully Road Adelaide Lead 3465 Directions – Travel 4 km from Maryborough towards Avoca on Pyrenees Hwy, left at Possum Gallery sign, follow bitumen 4.5km Enquiries Patricia Walsh 03 5461 1775 Time: 11am – 5pm weekends and public holidays or by arrangement Cost: Free, group bookings catered for

Sat 4th August 2018 – Clever Towns Crossword Challenge – Maryborough Regional Library

Help Maryborough compete with other Goldfields towns to solve general knowledge crossword in a group setting. Join us at Maryborough Library and solve one clue or more, using only reference books. Great fun with words, a favourite of our many crossword lovers in the region. Sponsored by Snodger Media.

Date: Sat 4th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: 10 am – 12pm Cost: Free

Sat 4th August 2018 – Every Collector Has a Story – Hosted by Susan Day at Thrifty on Broadway Dunolly

Thrifty on Broadway wants to hear how you found that special retro item by chance. Every collector has a story about their favourite find. Did you walk into a vintage store and discover that one thing that changed your life in some way? Bring your item along and share its story with us. Register your interest via contact details below.

Date: Sat 4th August Venue: Thrifty on Broadway 84 Broadway Dunolly Susan Day 0421 582 067 Time: 12 – 2pm Cost: free

Sat 4th August 2018 – Stories of Love – Romance Authors Talk – Nicole Hurley-Moore and Stacey McCoy – Dunolly Arts Hub

An intimate conversation between two regional romance authors Nicole Hurley-Moore and Stacey McCoy who discuss their books and writing experiences, followed by audience question time. See “Many Faces of Love” Exhibition handmade by arts community members, Sweet Delights designer heart themed high tea, homemade fruit punch included in ticket price. Taltarni bubbles and wine by the glass available at bar prices. A special event on the theme of Change and Chance relating to stories of love.

Date: Sat 4th August Venue: Dunolly Arts Hub Alice and Thompson Street Dunolly Bookings required-limited tickets Lynda Vater 0418 875 453 Time: 2pm Cost: $20 includes afternoon tea Taltarni champagne and wine available by the glass at bar prices

Sun 5th August 2018 – When Frankie Met Ava – Mark Hudson & Jude Russell – Storm in a Coffee Cup

In story and song, follow the stormy relationship between Hollywood actors Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, as interpreted by Mark Hudson on vocals and Jude Russell on keyboards.  Enjoy a free tea or coffee included in ticket price for this quality booking only event.  Storm in a Coffee Cup caters to organic tastes, choose delicious meals from the menu and sweet treats in funky cafe style.  

Date: Sun 5th August Venue: Storm in a Coffee Cup 111 Nolan Street Maryborough Bookings Nadia 0490 837 223 Time: 12 pm Lunch menu available, free tea or coffee included Cost: $10 

Mon 6th – Fri 24th August 2018 – Quote with Coffee – Storm in a Coffee Cup

Every day during Words in Winter get a quote with your coffee and be inspired by the best writers and their words of wisdom to live by.

Date: 6th – 24th August Venue: Storm in a Coffee Cup 111 Nolan Street Maryborough 0490 837 223 Time: 8am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri Cost: Free with coffee purchase.

Mon 6th – Fri 24th August 2018 – Wonderland Pop Up Book Store – Storm in a Coffee Cup

Experience Melissa Morrison’s Wonderland Bookstore from Clunes in Maryborough with a Words in Winter Festival Pop-Up at Storm in a Coffee Cup. Browse books in many categories for adults and children while enjoying a coffee and light meal from this organic style cafe. Many second hand titles available, including popular fiction, gardening, cookery and more.

Date: Mon 6th – Fri 24th August Venue: Wonderland Books Pop Up Shop – Storm in a Coffee Cup 111 Nolan Street Maryborough Melissa Morrison

Instagram@wonderlandbooks_ Time: 8am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri Cost: Books at marked prices

Tues 7th August 2018 – Val Dwyer “From Edinburgh to Maryborough” – Lions Book Store Maryborough

Hear Val Dwyer speak about her self published book “From Edinburgh to Maryborough”, with her own personal experiences of migrating to Maryborough from Scotland.

Date: Tues 7th August Venue: Lions Club Book Store 124 High Street Maryborough Bookings Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 1.30pm Cost: gold coin donation, refreshments provided, limited seating

Tues 7th August 2018 – Silent Reading Party – Maryborough Regional Library

Join in the Silent Reading Party craze for the second year at Maryborough Library, an evening of reading material of your own choosing in quiet space with the option for discussion afterwards over refreshments.

Date: Tues 7th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries Bec Clark/Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: 6-7.30pm Cost: Free

Wed 8th August 2018 – “Finding Eliza” Heather Roche Author Talk – Maryborough Regional Library

Talk and book signing by Maryborough born author Heather Roche, now living in Ballarat, who has used 1920’s era regional Victorian Goldfields locations and parts of inner Melbourne for her novel “Finding Eliza”. This is an intriguing story of a man’s search for his true self, there will be copies of the book available for purchase and author signing.

Date: Wed 8th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 3.30 – 4.20pm Cost: Free

Sat 11th August 2018 – Mystery Music, Words and History Tour – Hosted by Adrian Masterman-Smith and Lowen Clarke

Be led by local hosts from the arts community, Adrian Masterman-Smith and Lowen Clarke, along a mystery tour with musical and word accompaniment through great sites of historical interest in the Central Goldfields Shire and surrounds. Enjoy local food and wine with a gourmet lunch, taking in history and culture in an arts based context. Bookings essential.

Date: Sat 11th August Venue: Meet at specified place for mystery locations as group – Details and Bookings Adrian Masterman-Smith 0433 111 068 Time: 11.30am Cost: phone Adrian for details, includes lunch

Sun 12th August 2018 – Poems of Edgar Lee Masters – Talk by Maurice Nestor – Buckley’s of Dunolly

Warming winter fireside talk by American literature specialist Maurice Nestor, on the poems of Edgar Lee Masters, whose 1915 Spoon River anthology is a famed classic, set to musical accompaniment. Enjoy champagne on arrival, tea and cake at interval, included in ticket price.

Date: Sun 12th August Venue: Buckley’s of Dunolly 1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Road Dunolly bookings advised – limited seating Melba Lounge Rachel Buckley 03 5468 1858 Time: 2pm Cost: $15 includes champagne on entry, tea and cake at interval

Thurs 16th August 2018 – Film Themed “Chocolat” Literary Luncheon – Hosted by Alison Teese and Esther Waters Maryborough Education Centre  UPDATEEvent Postponed Until 2019ApologiesFor enquiries please contact event organizers, thank you

Rotarians Alison Teese and Esther Waters invite you to experience the skill of the MEC hospitality students at this stylish literary luncheon on a theme of “Chocolat”. Using the fabulous film/novel as inspiration, dress up in Vianne 1960’s era fashion or evoke your gypsy spirit to engage the senses in a themed buffet feast of food and musical entertainment. And there will definitely be chocolate as sweet treats! Advance bookings available.

Date: Thurs 16th August Venue: Maryborough Education Centre 102-192 Balaclava Road Maryborough Bookings Alison Teese 0418642314 Time: 12pm for 12.30pm start Cost: $25 Advance bookings available

Thurs 16th August – Recycled Book Art and Word Workshop – Dunolly Branch Library – Hosted by Bec Clark

Come to Dunolly Branch Library at St John’s Hall and join in a session of blackout & reconstructed poetry using recycled books. All ages welcome. Create a poetry art piece to take home. All resources supplied.

Date:Thursday16th  August  Venue: Dunolly Library St Johns Hall Barkly Street Dunolly Enquiries: Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 2pm-3pm Cost: Free

Sat 18th August 2018 – Women of Wit – Justine Sless and Annabel Tellis – Maryborough Butter Factory/Maple Tree House

Melbourne comedian Justine Sless is a long time fest favourite, returning with a woman of wit from Apollo Bay, poet Annabel Tellis, to make you laugh with funny stories and verse. Event is hosted by Adrian Masterman-Smith and Lowen Clarke at pop-up venue Maple Tree House. Catered Tapas by Belinda Fabry included in ticket price, and Taltarni Wines by the glass at bar prices.

Date: Sat 18th August Venue: Maryborough Butter Factory/Maple Tree House Unit 2 167-169 Railway Street Maryborough bookings Adrian 0433 111 068 Time: 6pm Cost: $15 includes Tapas by Belinda Fabry, Taltarni Wines available by the glass at bar prices. This is an advance booking event, limited space

Sunday 19th August 2018 – Romance Writing Morning Tea with Author Stacey McCoy – Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127

Join successful local author Stacey McCoy as she describes her journey into the world of romance and paranormal romance writing. Enjoy a lovely morning tea and question time with Stacey in the historic surrounds of the restored Avoca Railway Station Arts Complex with cosy wood fire. Taltarni wine and champagne available by the glass at bar prices.

Date: Sun 19th August Venue: Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca. Bookings Hugh 0439 462 344  Time: 11:30am Cost: $15 includes morning tea. This is an advance booking event, limited space.

Sun 19th August 2018 – Poetry Promenade – Avoca Arts Railway 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. Taltarni wines by the glass available at bar prices together with afternoon tea and finger food.

Date: Sun 19th August: Avoca Arts Railway Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca. Bookings Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 2:30pm: Cost: $15 includes afternoon tea and finger food. This is an advance booking event, limited space.

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – Story Book Launch “The Polar Bear Family” – Author Imogen Davies – Maryborough Regional Library

Inspired by knitted polar bears gifted to Imogen by her Nana, this five year old created her own story book for children called“The Polar Bear Family”, with assistance from Sienna Cooke. Val Dwyer is proud to dedicate this special launch event in honour of Imogen’s Grandfather Brendan Dwyer and Val’s fondly remembered brother Michael Alexander (Sienna’s Grandfather). Copies of this lovely book will be available for purchase at the launch.

Date:Tuesday21st August  Venue: Maryborough Regional Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Bookings and enquires Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 or Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 4pm Cost: Free

Wed 22nd August 2018 – The B&B Nightmare – Maryborough Writers’ Group – KATESCASTLE Book Emporium

Join Maryborough Writers’ Group members in a celebration of their creation of a collaborative nonsensical novella, “The B&B Nightmare”. Enjoy light refreshments at this afternoon of fun and humour.

Date: Wed 22nd August Venue: KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough bookings Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 1.30pm Cost: gold coin donation includes light refreshments

Thurs 23rd August 2018 – Dignity in the Dark – Tilly Aston Presentation by Susan Tully and Edith Rabone

With the help of various aids and tools, experience how people with low or impaired vision view the world. Susan Tully and Edith Rabone will lead an interesting afternoon of interactive learning about Tilly Aston and how she changed the lives of the visually impaired. Enjoy afternoon tea and a chat afterwards. Donations welcome to Tilly Aston Project, part of the Carisbrook History Society.

Date: Thurs 23rd August Venue: Carisbrook Senior Citizens Hall Urquhart Street Carisbrook Text any enquiries to Sue Tully on 0424 113 348 Time: 1.30pm Cost: Free (Donations can be made to Tilly Aston Project)

Thurs 23rd August 2018 – Aviva Live Soiree – Hosted & Curated by Gregg Joseph – Cambrian Hotel Maryborough

Festival favourite returns this year, the popular soiree filled with curated regional talent, from spoken word to blues, soul, rock and jazz. Hosted by composer and musician Gregg Joseph (Words in Winter Musical Director), this is a great night to enjoy the Thursday night Schnitzel menu starting at 6pm over a glass of local wine or brew, then linger for some great entertainment. Refreshments included in ticket. Advance bookings available, limited seating.

Date: Thurs 23rd August Venue: Cambrian Hotel 26 Nolan Street Maryborough Bookings Gregg Joseph 0490 065337 Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start Advance Bookings limited seating Cost: $15 includes refreshments (Arrive early for Schnitzel Night starts 6pm)

Sat 25th August 2018 – Children’s Literature Fun Day – Down the Rabbit Hole – Hosted by Cathy Schwager and Maree Elliott

Join KATESCASTLE Book Emporium’s Cathy Schwager and Goldfields Gymnastics Maree Elliot for a fabulous day of fun based on and inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Bring the kids to enjoy games, activities, and themed party food. Enter the competitions for “Best Cat in the Hat ‘Hat’” and “Best Alice in Wonderland Themed Costume”. Enter the colouring competition or Alice related tales writing competition. Great Prizes! Full details available at KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough or see details below. Note – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Sat 25th August Venue: Maryborough Guides Hall 90 Napier Street Maryborough Bookings Cathy Schwager 03 5460 4285 or 0427 090 328 Maree Elliott 0428 983 635 Time: 11am – 2pm Cost: $5 Adult, $5 first child, additional children $2 each, under 2 free, Family of 4 $12 Note: this is an advance booking event, register early, limited numbers

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Programmes available at Maryborough Info Centre, Maryborough Library, Central Goldfields Art Gallery and all venues, online via Time Out Melbourne/Regional Centre for Culture, and select Maryborough under “All Towns”