The Scone Literary Festival has quickly gained a reputation in its short history, as a Festival that asks the big questions, creates a stimulating yet intimate atmosphere in a gorgeous, informal environment where readers and writers mingle together.

At SLF, we stand for the “love of words” and embrace diversity – of opinion, of literary genre and of the community through the curation of its program, author, topics, and events alike.  We love to tackle contemporary issues and savour some of the treasured questions, such as which book you’d take on a desert island and why?

Authors and attendees love our writers’ festival for just that … “amazed at diversity of audience and of speakers.”  They treasure that atmosphere and thoroughly appreciate our fabulous country hospitality.

Scone Literary Festival

“This year’s festival was outstanding – the best yet. The quality of the presenters was very impressive as were the topics and content of all the sessions. Thought provoking; topical; sometimes confronting, sometimes very amusing, certainly entertaining. The President and her committee need to be congratulated for putting on such an outstanding event, particularly in very challenging circumstances with the coronavirus situation changing all the time leading up to the weekend, sometimes daily. Well done to all involved.”


2021 Women Words and Wine

16 October 2021 @ Hollydene Estate

Women Words and Wine is sure to be a lively occasions with plenty of great conversation over our shared “Love of Words.”  Partnering with Upper Hunter Women in Business, we’ll be hearing from guest speakers and entertained by panel discussions all while enjoying, delectable food, a drink and the beautiful surroundings of Hollydene Estate.








‘Friends of the Festival’ will have first choice of tickets, so ensure you have an active membership prior to tickets going on sale.

2022 Scone Literary Festival

11-13 March 2022

Preparations have begun for a Festival not to be missed in 2022.  Block out your diary for March 11-13, book in at one of our beautiful bed and breakfasts and make a weekend of it.

We’ll be celebrating the “love of words” in all their various forms, right across the Upper Hunter.  Events will include the Bush Poets Breakfast, 3 fantastic Writing Competitions, lively discussions and debates, literary panels and of course the gem of our festival, our official festival dinner.

The program will be confirmed later in the year and tickets will be on sale from November.



Thank you to our partners and supporters who make the Scone Literary Festival possible. If your organisation would like to partner with us for our 2020 event, please contact us.