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Marion Library, in conjunction with South Australian publishers, writers and poets, will be launching its inaugural three-day Marion WordFest, featuring approximately 25 exciting workshops and presentations at the Cove Civic Centre from 25-27 October 2019.

Whether you're into fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, children's books, graphic novels, short stories, poetry or zines, this Marion Library initiative has everything to inspire and educate writers and entertain readers.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of our control, Fiona McIntosh can no longer join us as our special guest author.

Meet the Authors: Victoria Purman The Land Girls & Molly Murn - Heart of the Grass Tree.

We are excited to announce that we are welcoming two wonderful South Australian authors as our opening night special guests! Australian Top Ten and USA Today bestselling fiction author Victoria Purman - The Land Girls, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls, The Three Miss Allens and poet, author and bookseller, Molly Murn who will introduce her first novel - Heart of the Grass Tree.

Victoria Purman:

Join Australian Top Ten and USA Today bestselling fiction author Victoria Purman as she talks about The Land Girls, a moving story of love, loss and survival against the odds.

Set amongst the backdrop of Melbourne in 1942 when war has engulfed Europe, the Pacific and Australia is fighting for its future, The Land Girls – Flora, Betty and Lilian – embrace their new world of close-knit community and backbreaking work as they do their bit for the war effort as members of the Australian Women's Land Army.

Molly Murn:

There is something about this place, its expansiveness, its wind-rush, its sea-howl that makes everything we hold tight just fall away. This place – Kangaroo Island, South Australia…..'

Heart of the Grass Tree by Molly Murn is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history. Poetically written, it beautifully unfurls the shared history between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on Kangaroo Island, and delves into the complexities of this little known story.

Cheese platters provided. Beer & wine available for purchase thanks to pop-up bar, Sourc'd.

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There is a mix of free and paid events, including creative workshops focusing on:

  • Writing for children

  • Writing for young adults

  • Illustrating

  • Memoir

  • Poetry

  • Publishing

  • Performance writing

  • And more!

    A special bookshop will be open during the festival to purchase books by festival authors and presenters who will also be available for signing. Guests are invited to take advantage of fantastic lunch and dinner deals at The Cove Tavern exclusively available to Marion WordFest ticket holders.

    With such an exciting range of events, there is bound to be activities to appeal to many readers, writers, poets and lovers of books.

    Find out more details about all the events in the Marion WordFest program, available online at www.marion.sa.gov.au/wordfest or pick up a hard copy at any Marion Library branch. Enquiries about the program to tracey.noah@marion.sa.gov.au.
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    Why? Whether you're into fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, children's books, graphic novels, short stories, poetry or zines, this Marion Library initiative has everything to inspire and educate writers and entertain readers.
    When: Friday, 25 October - Sunday 27 October, 2019
    Where: Cove Civic Centre, 1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove.
    Cost: Mix of free and paid events
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