2018 Mudgee Readers Festival Program Announced

The program for this year’s Mudgee Readers Festival has just dropped, and it’s a doozy.

I would definitely recommend a trip out to Mudgee for the weekend of 10-12 August.  It’s only a three hour drive from Sydney and Mudgee is just one of the most beautiful Australian towns I have ever visited.  There is such a buzz on the main street the weekend of the festival, and a really convivial air in the town.  Plus, there are vineyards everywhere.

It’s pretty much the perfect weekend!

Highlights I am really looking forward to are a panel hosted by the wonderful Jane Rawson with three authors deeply connected to landscape, a blind wine tasting that matches wine with books, and an australian music trivia night featuring the marvelous Andrew P. Street.  It’s a diverse program this year, and there is something for everyone.

I will be offering bibliotherapy sessions at Mudgee Art House (don’t forget to book in, as these one-on-one consultations are limited!), and am interviewing Mandy Sayer at a breakfast event at Pipeclay Pumphouse on Saturday morning.

I am also very excited to be hosting a panel with Inga Simpson, Andrew P. Street,  Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Chris Womersley, asking them about their favourite Comfort Reading.  I can’t wait to talk about the reading that provides us with comfort and solace.  What is your favourite Comfort Read?

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A Perfect Weekend at the Mudgee Readers Festival

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I was lucky enough to be invited to be an expert reader at the Mudgee Readers Festival in August.  It was a gorgeously mild weekend for winter, and I had a great time running some readers advisory training for Midwestern-Regional Council staff at Mudgee Library, doing one-on-one Bibliotherapy Sessions with readers (where we workshopped for each reader what they might like to read next), and facilitating a panel discussion about Better Living Through Books.

Mudgee is one of my favourite towns in Australia, and I can’t deny the fact that I spent pretty much the entire festival coming up with schemes for how I could move there.  It was great to meet some of the Mudgee locals at the opening night festivities, during the Bibliotherapy Sessions on Saturday and at Rant, a fantastic storytelling event held at the Mudgee Brewing Company on Saturday night.

There was also time to squeeze in some tastings at several of Mudgee’s vineyards, and a gorgeous dinner at Pipeclay Pumphouse on Friday night.  As always, when we go to Mudgee, we stayed with Sean and Karen at the Mudgee Homestead Guesthouse.

I can’t wait to head back to Mudgee for the festival next year!