Top writers arrive in The Hills for a literary feast

Feast of Speakers
Feast of Speakers

Some of Australia’s best known novelists, authors and children’s book writers will take part in four weeks of events for The Hill Shire Council’s premier literary festival, A Feast of Speakers.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, said The Sydney Hills will come alive with discussions, new ideas and newly learnt literary crafts during the month-long celebration.

“A Feast of Speakers is the largest annual literary event in The Hills,” Mayor Keane said.

“More than seven of Australia’s finest creative minds including Ber Carroll, Dianne Blacklock and Jacqueline Harvey will come together to celebrate the art of storytelling.

“People of all ages can enjoy a diverse range of festivities including talks, live storytelling, discussions and workshops with an impressive array of the best national fiction and non-fiction writers.

“I encourage anyone able to attend any of the fantastic workshops or discussions on offer this month to do so.

“A Feast of Speakers provides an opportunity to exchange creative ideas, educate ourselves and enjoy the many genres of the written word.”

Mayor Keane said there are many highlights to be found in this year’s program including:

  • Writing for Children with Jacqueline Harvey: Best-selling author, Jacqueline Harvey will hold a masterclass for adults who are keen to write stories for children.
  • My Family’s Keeper with Brad Haddin: Australian cricket player Brad Haddin will discuss his new book, My Family’s Keeper.
  • Conversation with Mark Tedeschi QC: Barrister and Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC will talk about his compelling non-fiction novel, Murder at Myall Creek.

“The festival continues to champion Australian writers such as Belinda Alexandra and Katherine Pinczuk,” Mayor Keane added.

This year’s festival also features a number of workshops including short story writing classes and book publishing know-hows.

A Feast of Speakers runs until November 30 with events taking place across Hills Shire Libraries, treating literary fans to some of the best live storytelling from around Australia.

Events happening:

Ber Carroll & Dianne Blacklock

Meet authors, Ber Carroll and Dianne Blacklock, as they discuss their vast experiences they have gained from publishing seven and nine novels respectively during an author talk at Castle Hill Library on November 9 at 6.30pm. Cost: $7.50pp.

Writing for Children with Jacqueline Harvey

Bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey, will hold a masterclass for adults who are keen to write for children at Castle Hill Library on November 12 at 10am. Cost: $30pp.

My Family’s Keeper with Brad Haddin

Join Brad Haddin in conversation with Andrew Robertson as he discusses his book, My Family’s Keeper, at Vinegar Hill Memorial Library on November 12 at 6:30pm. Cost: $7.50pp.

Mark Tedeschi QC

Join barrister and Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC as he discusses his latest book, Murder at Myall Creek, at Castle Hill Library on November 23 at 6.30pm. Cost: $7.50pp.

Getting your book published

Publishing Director of Rockpool Publishing and Love & Write Publishing Lisa Hanrahan will teach you how to publish and promote your book successfully to a local and international audience during a writers workshop at Castle Hill Library on November 24 at 6.30pm. Cost: $5pp.

 

Writing Workshop: Short Stories

Develop your creative writing with Katherine Pinczuk. The acclaimed author will guide you through engaging activities exploring elements of character, voice, setting and narrative structure. Discover techniques to overcome writers block and develop your creative writing potential at Vinegar Hill Memorial Library on November 26 at 10am. Cost: $25pp.

Belinda Alexandra

Join bestselling author of Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia, Belinda Alexandra, as she discusses her new generational novel, Southern Ruby, at Castle Hill Library on November 30 at 6.30pm. Cost: $7.50pp.

For more information: thehills.nsw.gov.au/Library.