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Mudgee Readers’ Mini Festival

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Mudgee Readers’ Mini Festival

Fri 26 August - Sun 28 August

Friday 26 August

Book Launch: A Daisy in a Jar
The Book Nest Mudgee, free to attend
Join Jorie Ryan for a celebration of her latest poetry collection. Described as ‘a hopeful book,’ A Daisy in a Jar is Jorie’s fourth volume of poetry.

Saturday 27 August

Homegrown Stories
Town Hall Theatre, included in ticket price
Writers from the Mudgee region share their work, talk about their creative practice and their writing, with host Kim Kelly.

Kate Kelly Meets The Rat Catcher
Town Hall Theatre, included in ticket price
Kim Kelly’s latest novel is the historical fable The Rat Catcher – the story of an Irish rat catcher in 1900s Sydney who falls in love with a girl, a rat, and all the books in the public library. Rebecca Wilson’s historical narrative Kate Kelly is the true story of Ned Kelly’s little sister. Kim and Rebecca talk research, writing, and basing their successful creative careers in the Central West. Hosted by Sharelle Fellows.

Book Launch: Much More Than Words
Town Hall Theatre, free to attend
Mudgee Valley Writers launch their new anthology Much More Than Words, with readings, and a display of submitted pieces of writing alongside accompanying photographs. Includes afternoon tea.

A Poetry Circle, hosted by Bob Campbell
Town Hall Theatre, free to attend
Writer and musician Bob Campbell presents an hour of poetry readings and recitals featuring five local poets.

Dirt Town: A Conversation with Hayley Scrivenor
Town Hall Theatre, included in ticket price
Join Hayley Scrivenor for a chat about her debut crime novel Dirt Town. Jane Harper calls Dirt Town ‘a heart-wrenching mystery’ and Anne Cleeves ‘a stunning debut.’ Fans of Jane Harper, Chris Hammer and Garry Disher will love this stunning rural mystery. Hear from a new star of Australian crime writing, in conversation with Portia Lindsay.

This session is sponsored by Robert Stein Winery and includes a glass of wine on arrival.

Sunday 28 August

Swimming Home: Judy Cotton
Mudgee Arts Precinct, included in ticket price
Judy Cotton is an internationally recognised artist who has had 37 solo shows and shown work in the United States, Australia, the U. K., Japan, South Korea and China. Her work is in many collections including Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Australia, and Bathurst Regional Gallery. Her memoir Swimming Home is a vivid chronicle of her time in the Central West, South Korea, Japan and New York. It is also a striking look at twentieth century life in regional NSW. In conversation with Rebecca Wilson.

This MRF mini-festival is presented with support from Create NSW, Mid-Western Regional Libraries, Robert Stein Winery and The Book Nest Mudgee.


Local government area
Mid-Western Region
Submitted by email


Mudgee, + Google Map


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