Celebrate all things literary this May

The Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to The Hills Shire this May with an author meet and greet.

Singer and writer Holly Throsby will visit Castle Hill Library to discuss her debut novel Goodwood on Wednesday 24 May at 6.30pm.

Ms Throsby’s coming of age novel follows the mystery surrounding the disappearance of two people from a small town and the vicious rumours which soon follow.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said Council was proud to be part of such a premier and prestigious event.

“I am thrilled that the Sydney Writers’ Festival will return to The Hills in 2017, enriching our local community and beyond with the insight, creativity, knowledge and storytelling by a renowned entertainer,” Mayor Keane said.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (22 May – 28 May) brings together authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, including some of the world’s leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists.

The programme is driven by ideas and issues that animate all forms of writing.

To add to celebrations, Dural Library will host an author panel series throughout the month of May.

Attendees can learn about the writing process from established authors and the inspiration behind their stories, as well as gain valuable tips to develop their own creative writing.

Author highlights include:

18 May 10.30am-noon

  • Mary-Anne O’Connor has drawn on her own family history to produce Gallipoli Street (to be released internationally in 2017) and Worth Fighting For.
  • Shannon Curtis is an award winning, best-selling author published in romantic suspense and paranormal romance, as well as contemporary romance for The Bold and The Beautiful. Her next suspense, Heart Breaker, is out now.
  • Penelope Janu writes contemporary fiction set in Australia. Her debut novel In at the Deep End, a romantic comedy, was published in late January 2017.

Tickets cost $5 per session and are available online at: thehillsshirelibraryservice.eventbrite.com.au.

Book sales and signing will be available on the day. Cash only.