Scone Literary Festival


For the lover of words in all their forms

The wait is over!

It feels like an eternity since our wonderful Festival in March, but we're back to work and we've lined up some great events to keep your mind nourished until our next Festival. Pop the dates in your diary and subscribe to our newsletter, or even better, join 'Friends of the Festival' to make sure you've got first dibs on tickets when they become available!

In Conversation with Ryan Butta
We're partnering with Magpie Distilling to bring you a relaxing Sunday afternoon in conversation with Ryan Butta.  Gin in hand, enjoy the backdrop of the Liverpool Ranges, while hearing first hand, a story that resonates with so many of us.
Scone Literary Festival AGM 2023
Our AGM is your chance to help select a committee and have input into the direction of the SLF for 2024

Our little BIG Festival

Our little Festival draws big names in the literary and creative worlds.

Our purpose? We want to bring people together to ask some of the BIG questions and open robust conversation! Diversity of expression means that we celebrate words in all their forms - from books, to podcasts, stories told in song, films, art and verse.

Uncovering, promoting and enhancing emerging rural writers, is our passion. We also encourage those who've already 'made it' to share their experiences.

We're about celebrating literary endeavours that improve the human experience!

Join us in 2023

March 10 - 12


Stories have been around as long as time and this year’s festival, through its theme of storylines celebrates stories in all their forms.

Some stories make us laugh, other’s invoke anger, and some teach us. Some are cathartic and others preserve cherished ideas and ideals.  We invite you to the 2023 Scone Literary Festival, to share your story with us, and to become part of ours.

This year's Festival has MORE community events, MORE for young people, and we're even welcoming our first ever international guest, Australian born, US-based international bestselling author, Dominic Smith.


Our Biannual event, the Scone Literary Festival runs for three days throughout the Upper Hunter.

Venues include Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi.


Every alternate year, our main event is the Patrick White Oration.

It has in the past been given by Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC, and Christos Tsiolkas.


The 2023 Festival is is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and our Festival partner, the Upper Hunter Shire Council. We appreciate the businesses who contribute, our tireless volunteers and our Friends of the Festival.

Some of the events you can look forward to at the 2023 Festival

Merriwa Literary Lunch
Resevoirs Literary G & T
Bush Poets’ Breakfast
Pathways to Publication