Writers festival in town

Garry Disher Picture: DARREN JAMES

A word-filled winter weekend in July awaits in Warburton as the second Yarra Valley Writers Festival can be enjoyed in real life or from the comfort of home.

The Yarra Valley Writers Festival program features an extraordinary line-up of contemporary Australian writers and thinkers discussing the theme Resilience: What is it good for? providing book-lovers with heart-warming and thought-provoking conversations to be experienced in person or through the curated digital program.

With topics covering sex, history, motherhood, environment, crime loneliness, music, vulnerability and family, Warburton will become the home of conversations and ideas with Don Watson, Helen Garner, Jock Serong, Tony Birch, Kate Mildenhall, Nardi Simpson, Stuart Coupe, Rick Morton, Jessie Tu, Victoria Hannan, Garry Disher, Monica Dux and more featuring across the program.

Yarra Valley Writers Festival Director Brook Powell said the winter weekend of words is for readers, thinkers and wine lovers who are seeking inspiration and creativity as well as wanting to be challenged through thought-provoking conversation.

“This year’s program will champion resilience. Conversation by conversation we will dissect what society thinks it is, what we believe it to be and how it shows up in both daily life and global acts.

“The program explores how true resilience can often sit in the small repeated acts of survival, as well as the enormously impressive ‘against-all-odds’ stories. The authors will discuss cultural, personal, financial, creative, environmental and community resilience and together we will leave feeling inspired, humbled, joyful – and maybe even ever-so-slightly changed,” said Ms Powell.

Taking place in Victoria’s sumptuous Yarra Valley throughout July, the Yarra Valley Writers Festival will feature talks, lunches, workshops and special events. The main winter weekend event will be held across various locations in Warburton 16-18 July. Bookings essential prior to arrival.

Tickets to the Yarra Valley Writers Festival digital and in-person program are available now. To reserve your spot and peruse the program, visit yarravalleywritersfestival.com.