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Relaxed atmosphere for writers and audience
The Mildura Writers Festival brings together some of Australia's best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, discussion forums and hosted dining events.
Mildura Writers Festival 2015
It began in 1994 in Stefano de Pieri's cellar restaurant. This event has slowly evolved to be one of the finest literary festivals in the country. It's a rare opportunity to listen to some of our premier authors, thinkers and poets first hand. To find out how writers make their characters work, observe their camaraderie and experience their generosity in passing on what they've learnt.
The festival attracts a high calibre of talent with a great friendly atmosphere. Mildura in winter can be surprisingly attractive with wood fires, regional gourmet food and wine, local markets and walks by the big river. Also it's an ideal time to catch up on reading. The festival hosts a book stall which sells out of good books early, so my advice is to get there early.
Getting there The journey to Mildura from Adelaide can be far too long, especially if going via Lamaroo, Pinaroo and Ouyen. It is quite a featureless drive and no redeeming cafes appeared. Going via the Riverland is more rewarding with river views and plenty of hospitality stops. Those journeying from other states will have their own road trips organised. There are many good economical places to stay in Mildura, including caravan parks on the river. The Quality Hotel Mildura Grand is one favoured by the writers.
The festival begins on Thursday July 16th with a program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. It finishes on Sunday, July 19th following many dinners, lunches and inspiring speakers. One of the benefits of a small festival is the ability to be able to have conversations with authors and speakers, locals and people from all over. It is that kind of place and the events can be as stimulating as you make them. There is a very good value package deal price for the whole festival, plus a special rate for all day Saturday with lunch included. Or pay by the session.
Among the writers at the festival this year are Alexis Wright, Tom Keneally, Peter Goldsworthy and US poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds. The festival will also feature the announcement of the inaugural Mildura Indigenous Writers Award, presented by Alexis Wright.