The Mudgee Readers’ Festival – now in its sixth year – will welcome a number of big-name authors this weekend.
The line-up includes Don Watson, Ramona Koval, Clare Wright, Steven Carroll, Debra Oswald, Wayne Macauley, Bernard Keane and Emily Rodda.
‘Our aim is to run an event that is warm and friendly, and welcoming to all readers. We are so fortunate to have such an incredible line-up of authors coming to Mudgee this year. Whether you have read the books or not, heard of the authors or not, you will be entertained, inspired and informed. The Mudgee Readers’ Festival brings you some wonderful minds and definitely some of the best talent Australia has to offer.’
– Susie Bennett, Chair of MRF said at the program launch
The festival will feature in-depth interviews and panel discussions with authors such as Antonia Murphy, Robyn Cadwallader, Anna George and Peter Watt. A festival favourite – the Long Lazy Lunch – returns on the Sunday, this year with former host of the ABC Radio National Book Show Ramona Koval.
This year the festival has partnered with literary journal Seizure to host Rant, a dinner event on the Saturday night. Rant will be hosted by Seizure’s David Henley and will feature a stellar collection of authors sharing their thoughts about a topic that really gets their goat. Other feature events – free and open to the public – include a huge second hand book fair on the Saturday, new book sales and signings by the authors across the weekend and a regional author feature, Write Around NSW, on Sunday morning. Young readers will get their own special event with popular author Emily Rodda.
Purchase tickets online through Mudgee Region Tourism.
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