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Situated in the central west of New South Wales, Mudgee is a town which is well-known for its fine wine. The last few years have revealed a new passion of theirs, reading and the combination of reading and wining has been such a hit that they decided to make a festival out of it.

Ever thought about enjoying a good book while sipping a glass of wine or two, in the company of your favourite author? Well, the Mudgee Readers Festival has it all for you.

On Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 2011, at the Quality Parklands Resort and Conference Centre, authors will answer all your burning questions as well as give you a taste of the wonderful voyage that they undertake. From gardening to Australian history, nutrition and psychology, the festival has something for everyone.

Tickets are on sale here.

The second edition of this festival will be partnering the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to provide support for the Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. The funds raised during their second-hand book fair, which will be held on Saturday 20 August, will help buy reading materials for them.

The public, retail or charity book sellers are all invited to bring along their old books to put on sale but books from the featuring authors are not allowed as they will be already on sale at the festival. To reserve your table, check out this website.

Among the numerous authors who have been invited for the festival, feature;

ABC celebrity, Richard Glover will be the guest speaker at the Long Lazy Sunday Lunch on Sunday 21 August at Blue Wren Winery and Restaurant. He is well-known for his Friday afternoon show on ABC Radio, Thank God It's Friday as well as his weekly articles in the Morning Herald.

Vistorian writer, Favel Parrett is a surf lover and has numerous short stories published in journals including Island and Wet Ink. Her first novel Past the Shallows was described as "…Small gem of a story, haunting and alive – beauty of the writing uplifts the reader," by Who Weekly - May 30th 2011. According to Melanie Trethowan, Chair of MRF; "Anyone who loves beautiful Australian stories will be interested in listening to Favel talk about her new novel." She will be at the following venue for the festival:

Saturday 20th August
1pm – In conversation with Favel Parrett.
Venue – Windamere Room, Quality Parklands Resort and Conference Centre.
4:30pm – 'A book is half the reader, half the writer'.
Venue – Windamere Room, Quality Parklands Resort and Conference Centre.

Sunday 21st August
9:30am – 'My 'must reads' the books that I have loved and influenced me most'.
Venue – Windamere Room, Quality Parklands Resort and Conference Centre.

Named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the Best Young Novelists in 1998, Georgia Blain is the author of seven books and her recent release, Too Close to Home, is a domestic drama set in a political background. According to Who, "Blain has written an absorbing tale that never takes the easy way out, relentlessly disassembling her likeable protagonist's comfortable life."

Tony Park is an Australian author with an African heart. His stories are all set in an African background and are partly thriller and partly adventure. His eighth novel, African Dawn, is due for release in Australia in August 2011.

Michael Robotham is a crime writer and his novels won or were shortlisted for a series of awards. His latest release, The Wreckage, is described as 'Heart-stopping, heart-breaking and heart-wrenching' by Val McDermid .

Grace Karskens will talk to you about her passion, the history of Australia. Historian, writer and teacher, she is the author of multi-award winning The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney, and her latest book The Colony: A History of Early Sydney will tell you all that you need to know about the origins of modern Australia.

Author of Food Lover's Diet, Dr Penny Small will talk about healthy eating habits without giving up the food that we love.

Get some early spring inspirations with Derelie Cherry, author of Two Dogs And A Garden.

Ever wondered what makes us do things that we do? Well, the latest novel of psychologist, novelist, and Australia's leading social researcher, Hugh McKay has all the answers. Make sure not to miss "Dinner with Hugh Mackay" on Saturday 20 August to discover what makes us tick.

Creator of the two very unlikely super-heroes, Extraordinary Ernie and Marvellous Maud, Frances Watts is a well-known Australian Children's book author. Apart from featuring in conversations and lunches during the festival, she will also tour schools throughout the Cudgegong Learning Community (CLC) region to promote public education. On Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August she will conduct workshops and 'read-ins' with school children.

Author of When It Rains, Maggie MacKellar is a fascinating writer who has faced lots of difficulties in her life. In this book, she talks about piecing together a life and moving forward.

Susan Wyndham is the literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald and is the author of Life In His Hands, a non-fiction book about the well-known Sydney neurosurgeon Charlie Teo and his patient Aaron McMillan, a young concert pianist.
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Why? Enjoy a two-days book festival
When: 20-21 August 2011
Where: Quality Parklands Resort & Conference Centre
Cost: Check out website
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