A Weekend of Wonderful Words

When you get write down to it, this weekend’s Gawler Festival of Words 2016 is all about the words.

Gawler’s annual Festival of Words kicks off this Friday 29th July at Poetic Justice Café with the launch of “Winged Pods”, an anthology of verse and prose themed on recovery, with proceeds going to assist in the Pinery Fires recovery effort.

Now in its second year, the 2016 Festival of Words programme runs over the last weekend in July and presents a host of activities and workshops for the budding writer, the ready to publish author, and the avid reader and literary lover.

With workshops presented by 2004 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship recipient and Driftwood Manuscripts Director Kirsty Brooks, award winning former rural journalist and founder of the Clare Readers & Writers Festival Nan Berrett, and co-founder and Festival Organiser for the Langhorne Creek Writers’ Festival Connie Berg, the Gawler Festival of Words 2016 aims to help authors and writers to explore why they write, how they can develop their characters, and how they can use digital tools to develop their work.

The programme includes a Publishers’ Forum, featuring representatives from a range of publishers - including two of South Australia’s most important, Ginninderra Press and Wakefield Press – as well as book launches, short film screenings, poetry readings, the Poetry in Motion train ride, and – back by popular demand – The Yarning Circle, an exploration of oral traditions hosted by Aranda descendant and contemporary artist Scott Rathman, held at Alchemy Café on Sunday 31st.

With such a packed programme, the weekend holds something for everyone. If you’re looking for a way to improve your writing, or you just want to find something good to read, head along to Gawler’s Festival of Words 2016, from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July at venues all around Gawler.

If you want to find out more about all the events and activities, need a map to the venues, or want to book your tickets to the workshops or Publishers’ Forum, you can head on over to their website – write away!