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 2018 – Venues and Artists August 4th – 25th

Welcome and enjoy! We have a fabulous line-up of wonderful, warming winter venues and talented artists to entertain, enliven and inspire everyone this year.  Themed “Change and Chance”, there is an exciting feel to this winter with lots to see, do, and experience.  Check programme for event details here, or and also on Facebook @wordsinwintercentralgoldfields.  See you right through August!

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With thanks to Regional Centre for Culture 2018, Visit Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire, and many others in the community who helped with planning this year.

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Advance Booking – Stories of Love – Stacey McCoy & Nicole Hurley-Moore – Dunolly Art Hub – Sat 4th August 2018

Coming up for Dunolly Arts Hub for Words in Winter 2018 – Change and Chance –
 a special author to author intimate talk on a theme of love, advance bookings now, details below.  Don’t miss this one, Saturday 4th August 2pm.
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Stories of Love
August 4th at 2pm
@ Dunolly Arts Hub
An Intimate Conversation
Bestselling Regional Romance Authors
Nicole Hurley-Moore & Stacey McCoy
Set within an Exhibition
‘Many Faces of Love’
‘Sweet Delights’
Afternoon High Tea featuring delicious sweet treats & a romantic N/A punch.
Glasses of Taltarni Champagne may be purchased at the event.
Ticket cost $20 per person includes Afternoon Tea

Bookings – Email

Phone: 0418 875 453
Facebook: Dunolly Arts Hub/ private message or messenger
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From Festival Director’s Desk – Maia Irell – Change and Chance 2018


Great message from Maia Irell Festival Director (Daylesford) on this year’s focus – shiny new website and newsletter sign up here.

“First of all, we acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Words In Winter is held.

This is the 16th annual Words In Winter writers’ festival! This is the third year that Kevin and I have run this festival, and it’s impossible to thank festival creators David and Lorelle Hall enough for bringing the warmth of community and shared experience to the unforgiving, cold month of August in Daylesford. Londoners even swear it’s colder here!

This year, we have combined our experience and talents to curate what we believe is a thoughtful and moving programme, with a theme of “Change and Chance”.

A twist of fate, a happy accident, an uncanny coincidence… how often have our lives and our futures been transformed and transfigured by the invisible hand of fortune? This is what we hope to explore over two weekends days in August. Join us as we warm ourselves around the hearth of electrifying ideas and stimulating conversations.

To help us, we’ve brought together some of the best thinkers, writers, poets and musicians in our region and beyond. You’ll experience intimate personal moments and compelling panel discussions as we tease out what it means to spin the wheel and roll the dice as the pace of innovation and disruption increases around us.

The countdown is on, so get ready for the launch of Words In Winter 2018 and early bird tickets.”

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Thanks Everyone for a Great Words in Winter Central Goldfields 2017

With the close of Words in Winter for 2017, thanks go out to everyone who made it great!  To all the venues, to all the performers, to all the authors, to all the poets, to all the artists, helpers and talents that contributed, a big thank you.  Thanks also to Central Goldfields Shire Tourism Manager Joel Chadwick and team, Central Goldfields Art Gallery Manager Kay Parkin with Michael Grant and team, Go Goldfields Arts Officer Adrian Masterman-Smith, Maryborough Butter Factory Lowen Clarke with Adrian Masterman-Smith, Ripon Member Louise Staley MP, Big Cat Print Graphic Artists Sue and Chris, Maryborough Library Manager Maree Stephenson with Bec Clark and team, Snodger Media for Clever Towns Crossword Challenge, Festival Hub Katescastle Book Emporium Owner Cathy Schwager.  Follow this site for updates on Words in Winter 2018, which promises to be a big year for the arts in the Victorian Goldfields with Regional Centre for Culture initiatives occurring across all shires.  See you in August 2018 for some more great live and local events.

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Words in Winter 2017 – Pre Publicity Meet


Great to get together yesterday afternoon with venues and artists for some press from Maryborough Advertiser at KATESCASTLE Book Emporium.  Article appears this coming week.  Some highlights from this year’s celebration of words in all their forms will come from children’s author Susan Day, Gregg Joseph’s annual Aviva Live Soiree always a festival favourite, children’s author/illustrator team Lowen Clarke and Adrian Masterman-Smith, Belinda Fabry’s mini TED style talk, and Lynda Vater’s fireside tales of origin with Susan Day and other storytellers.  Delighted to have two events coming up from Avoca for the first time.  Welcome Hugh Forster and team!  More updates to come.

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Words in Winter 2017 Maryborough District – Theme: “Origins”

Fri 4th – Sun 20th August 2017 – “From the Landscape in Which We Live” Exhibition – Craig Barrett Betsy Forster David Frazer Tiffany Titshall – Central Goldfields Art Gallery

Four Central Victoria based artists explore individual impressions of their surroundings, using various mediums, through painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. The works originate from direct interaction and inspiration from Central Victorian environments. Michael Grant, Curator, Central Goldfields Art Gallery.

Date: Fri 4th – Sun 20th August Venue: Central Goldfields Art Gallery Neill Street Maryborough Kay Parkin/Michael Grant 03 5460 4588 Time: Thurs – Sun 10 am-4 pm (Exhibition runs through 10th September, 2017) Cost: Free/Gold Coin Donation

Fri 4th – Sun 20th August 2017 – “JORG Schmeisser 1942 – 2012 Exhibition” – Possum Gully Fine Arts Gallery

JORG Schmeisser retrospective of etchings varying between text, image, anecdotal, scientific and diary style observations, depicting detail from places he visited during his life. A distinguished artist, he studied at Hamburg Fine Art Academy 1960’s era, and later headed the Printmaking Workshop at Australian National University Canberra School of Art in1970’s. An important and influential printmaker.

Date: Fri 4th – Sun 20th August Venue: Possum Gully Fine Arts Gallery 428 Possum Gully Road Adelaide Lead 3465 Directions: Travel 4km from Maryborough towards Avoca on the Pyrenees Hwy,turn left at Possum Gully Gallery sign and follow bitumen for 4.5km enquiries Trish Walsh 03 5461 1775 Time: 11 am – 5 pm weekends and public holidays or by prior arrangement (winter season exhibition runs through end August) Cost: Free – group bookings can be catered for

Fri 4th – Sun 20th August 2017 – “Local Artists Exhibition” – Gallery 127 Avoca Arts and Gardens Railway Station Precinct

View local artist works on exhibition at Gallery 127 in the newly restored Avoca Arts and Gardens Railway Station Precinct. This venue holds art and mixed media exhibitions throughout the year.

Date: Fri 4th – Sun 20th August Venue: Gallery 127 Avoca Arts and Gardens Railway Station Precinct 13 – 15 York Avenue Avoca enquiries Hugh Forster 0439 462 344 Time: Sat & Sun 11 am – 4pm Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Fri 4th August 2017 – Book Launch: “Reanimation” – Stacey McCoy – Maryborough Library
Stacey McCoy, up and coming local author, writes novels that are filled with heat, heart and bite.
Stacey will be launching her second novel “Reanimation” at Maryborough Library. A Young Adult paranormal romance novel event sure to please all fans of this genre.
Date: Fri 4th August Venue: Maryborough Library Alma and Nolan Street Maryborough bookings and enquiries Bec Clark or Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: 4 pm Cost: Free

Sat 5th August 2017 – “Clever Towns Crossword Challenge” – Maryborough 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. Good fun with words.

Date: Sat 5th August Venue: Maryborough Library Alma Street Maryborough Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: 10am – 12 pm Cost: Free

Wed 9th August 2017 – Mini TED Talk – “Words As Healing Inspiration” – Belinda Fabry KATESCASTLE Book Emporium

Muther Trucker!One Daughter’s Reflection on Motherhood” evening talk will be presented by writer and speaker Belinda Fabry with discussion to follow, includes refreshments.

Date: Wed 9th August Venue: KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough bookings Cathy Schwager 03 5460 4285 or 0427 090 328 Time: 7.30 pm Cost: $5 includes refreshments

Sat 12th August 2017 – “Clarence the Snake” – Children’s Author Susan Day – KATESCASTLE Book Emporium

Come along and join the fun with Dunolly based children’s book author Susan Day, with readings from her humorous book “Clarence the Snake”, games and lots of fun.

Date: Sat 12th August Venue: KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough bookings Cathy Schwager 03 5460 4285 or 0427 090 328 Time: 11am – 12.30 pm Cost: $5 one adult and child $1 per extra child includes refreshments

Sat 12th August 2017 – “Readings Among Art” – Maryborough Senior Citizens’ Hall

Festival favourites Gail Oliver and friends will read from their original works among original art created by Goldfields Artists. Themes of “Origins” and other related inspirations.

Date: Sat 12th August Venue: Maryborough Senior Citizens’ Hall Alma Street Maryborough enquiries Gail Oliver 03 5461 1203 Time: 1.30 pm Cost: Gold Coin Donation includes refreshments

Sat 12th August 2017 – “Origins in our Community” – Lynda Vater Event Curator – Dunolly Arts Hub

Experience personal tales of origin told around the bonfire, guest speakers, curated exhibition based on the concept of Origins, historical displays, art and mixed media. Includes a visit from the Complementary Caravan, and a warming supper served at the Hub. Come along and explore our collective origins.

Date: Sat 12th August Venue: Dunolly Arts Hub Alice & Thompson Street Dunolly Lynda Vater 0418 875 453 Time: Exhibition 2 pm Tales from 6 pm Cost: Gold Coin Donation includes refreshments

Sun 13th August 2017 – “An Afternoon with Mark Twain” – Buckley’s of Dunolly

Mark Twain visited Maryborough and famously quipped about it being a railway station with a town attached. This symposium will feature songs written by his contemporary Stephen Forster within the cosy fireside Melba Lounge.

Date: Sun 13th August Venue: Buckley’s of Dunolly 1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Road Dunolly Bookings advised – limited seating Melba Lounge Rachel Buckley 03 5468 1858 Time: 2 pm Cost: $15 includes glass champagne on arrival – tea and cake at interval

Tues 15th August 2017 – Special Event – “Silent Reading Party” – Maryborough Library

Join in the Silent Reading Party craze through Maryborough Library this year as part of Words in Winter! Planned to be an evening event with location and time confirmed beforehand, get in touch with Bec or Maree for further details.

Date: Tues 15th August Venue: Maryborough Library Alma and Nolan Street Maryborough bookings and enquiries Bec Clark or Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950 Time: evening, check with Library Cost: TBA

Wed 16th August 2017 – “Origins and Adventures of Tilly Aston” – Susan Tully at Tilly Aston Memorial Carisbrook

Attend an informative talk on Carisbrook’s historic figure, Tilly Aston, by researcher Susan Tully at the Tilly Aston Memorial. Susan will discuss Tilly’s origins, childhood, family life, and adventures in Carisbrook. Readings from Tilly Aston’s work will be recited by Edith Rabone.

Date: Wed 16th August Venue: Tilly Aston Memorial Site Pyrenees Highway Carisbrook (follow the signs) enquiries Susan Tully 03 5364 1212 Edith Rabone 0437 352 233 Time: 2 pm Cost: Free or donation to site or Vision Australia

Thurs 17th August 2017 – “Aviva Live Soiree” Gregg Joseph and Friends – Maryborough Highlander Motel Function Room

Festival favourite musician/composer Gregg Joseph hosts a popular event of live music and entertainment by the cosy Highlander Haven fireside. Gregg curates an evening of talent including poet Gail Oliver, singer Natalie Passalick, jazz and blues greats, and many more.

Date: Thurs 17th August Venue: Maryborough Highlander Haven Motel Function Room 72 Sutton Road Maryborough 03 5460 4122 Enquiries Gregg Joseph 0457 495 007 Time: 8 pm Cost: $10/$8 conc. includes refreshments

Sat 19th August 2017 – “Sam The Tram’s Dance Club Party” Children’s Author Lowen Clarke & Illustrator Adrian Masterman-Smith – KATESCASTLE Book Emporium

Join in the fun, children’s book author Lowen Clarke and illustrator Adrian Masterman-Smith are hosting a party to celebrate the story of Sam the Tram! Fun, treats, dancing, street parade and activities all included in this event for kids and all ages. Choreographed entertainment by Maryborough Gymnastics Teacher Maree Elliott. Music by Dunolly Street Band. Sponsored by Maryborough Butter Factory, Creative Goldfields, KATESCASTLE Book Emporium, Dunolly Street Band.

Date: Sat 19th August Venue: KATESCASTLE Book Emporium 194 High Street Maryborough bookings Cathy Schwager 03 5460 4285 or 0427 090 328 Enquiries Adrian Masterman-Smith 0433 111 068 Time: 11 am – 12 pm Cost: $5 one adult and child $1 per extra child includes refreshments

Sat 19th August 2017 – “Words and Wine” Hosted by Hugh Forster – Avoca Arts and Gardens Railway Station Precinct

Enjoy a fireside gathering of local writers and poets reading works accompanied by fine wines and finger food. Railway Precinct now restored and patrons can enjoy art displays, garden culture, great silo views and photo opportunities at this heritage listed site.

Date: Sat 19th August Venue: Avoca Arts and Gardens Railway Precinct 13-15 York Avenue Avoca bookings advised 0439 462 344 Time: 2 pm Cost: $10 includes refreshments

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