Introducing our amazing line up for 2023

Our guests include internationally published authors, homegrown talent, publicists, podcasters, film makers, artists and inspired people who are shaping a better world through their crafts.

Alexandra Joel
 Alexandra Joel is a former editor of the Australian edition of Harper’s Bazaar and of Portfolio, Australia’s first magazine for working women.
Anthea Fawcett
Anthea describes herself as a bowerbird sustainability, corporate affairs and community development professional
Antonia Pesenti
Antonia is a French/Australian architect and illustrator based in Sydney. She combines directing the multidisciplinary design practice
Camille Bianchi
Camille Bianchi is an independent journalist and producer based in Sydney.
Catherine Armitage
Catherine Armitage is an award-winning Sydney-based journalist, editor, writer and former foreign correspondent
Artist, Catherine Hickson, grew up on a farm in Jerry’s Plains during an era of change. Her work examines the impact of industry and change on community and country.
Catherine Menage
Catherine du Peloux Menagé is the Artistic Director of BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival. See her in BAD Crime at SLF 2023
Chanel Contos
Founder of the ‘Teach us Consent’ movement, and winner of the Human Rights Awards Young People’s Medal, Chanel Contos is an activist achieving BIG changes. 
Daisy Turnbull
In January 2021 Daisy’s first book ‘50 Risks to take with your kids’ was released, providing a guide on developing independence and resilience in young children.
Debra Oswald
Debra Oswald is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and creator/head writer of the TV series Offspring.
Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith is the author of six novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, which was a New York Times bestseller
Emily Grainger
When we say the Scone literary festival is for all ages…. We’re not exaggerating!  Emily Granger, just fresh out of primary school is a bright addition to our festival program!
Erina Reddan
Erina Reddan has worked with words, ideas and stories all her life. She started out as a journalist, working in radio and television and was awarded the prestigious Walkley Award
Hamish Guiana
Hailing from Scone, Hamish Guiana is a young musician who is looking to break out in the regional music scene.
Hattie Archibald
Hattie is an emerging director, producer and writer originally from Scone, NSW who graduated from AFTRS in 2019 with a Master of Arts: Screen in Directing.
Hilary Bell
Hilary Bell writes for stage, radio, screen and music theatre. Hilary Bell writes for stage, radio, screen and music theatre. We're proud to have her involved in our Primary Creative Writing Workshop and our Community Storytelling
Hugo Morgan
Hugo Morgan is an emerging Scone film maker currently studying a Bachelors of Film and Television Production
Jacinta Parsons
Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer and public speaker who currently hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne.
James McKenzie Watson
James McKenzie Watson writes fiction with a focus on health and rural Australia. His novel Denizen won the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize
Janie Jordan
Janie is an accomplished writer, deep strategic thinker, sought-after public speaker and consultant in high-stakes communication. 
Janno Mclaughlin
Janno’s artworks are quirky and eclectic, intended to sew hope, bravery, resilience, and whimsy
Jean-Paul Bell
Jean-Paul Bell has had a diverse career in both the performing arts and speaking circuit for both corporate and the community.
Jo Riccioni
Jo Riccioni is a novelist and short story writer. Her latest fantasy series, The Branded Season, is published by Pantera Press, with the first book, The Branded, out in October 2022
Joanne Fedler
Joanne Fedler is the internationally bestselling author of 15 books. She is a writing mentor and runs retreats for aspiring women
John O’Brien
After Lidell will be facilitated by John O’Brien, filmmaker, musician, writer, and rainforest restorer.  John is Executive Director of Arts Upper Hunter and project manager of the Liddell WORKS creative program.
Jonathan Biggins
Jonathan Biggins is an award-winning writer, director and performer, perhaps best known as one of the creators and performers for Sydney Theatre Company’s long-running and much loved annual political satire, The Wharf Revue,
Kat Vella
Kat Vella is the non fiction editor of Mona Magazine, a magazine founded in 2020 that explores the female experience in rural Australia.
Kate Mailer
Kate was born and raised on a property east of Scone. After completing her studies, she commenced practising as a solicitor in Scone and has done so now for over 20 years
Katrina McKelvey
Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, picture book manuscript assessor, former primary school teacher, and wife and mother living in Newcastle
Lauren Forner
Lauren Forner is the fiction, poetry and experimental forms editor at Mona Magazine, a magazine founded in 2020 that explores the female experience in rural Australia
Lucy Bingle  
Lucy Bingle is a LinkedIn Strategist. Her business, is Australia’s leading LinkedIn agency and provides expert LinkedIn services.
Lucy Bloom
Lucy Bloom is an international keynote speaker and consulting CEO with a background in advertising and international aid.
Lucy Turnbull AO
Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist
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