Scone Literary Festival

At the Scone Literary Festival, we are passionate about the valuable role that words play in life, in all its literary forms – books of all types and genres, music, plays, poetry, screenplays and speeches, to name but a few.

We also love to stimulate great conversation through interesting, illuminating and transformative talks by entertaining and thoughtful, sometimes even controversial lovers of words!

Our Program reflects this philosophy and mission – and more. We curate our program to be inclusive, diverse and challenging, and play homage to our literary heritage.

Poetry is always a feature with our popular Pop-Up Poets, and more recently, the introduction of the Bush Poet’s Breakfast that kicks off the Sunday Program.

The 2020 Program, to be launched in November, 2019 will also feature some new elements:

  • Festival Dinner
  • Satellite events in Merriwa and Murrurundi in association with the Upper Hunter Library Network
  • Senior Citizens event to be held in conjunction with Strathearn

The three-day event also includes a day focused on children with events for kids of all ages and stages. Pre-schoolers are entertained by a children’s author and illustrator, primary school kids from around the Upper Hunter participate in a creative writing workshop, and high schoolers embark on contemporary and fun, word-focused activities.

Bush Poet, 2018 Scone Literary Festival
Bush Poet, 2018 Scone Literary Festival
Scone Literary Festival

“I hope you are enjoying a well-deserved rest. It was a warm and wonderful festival. The panels were totally engaging with controversial, intellectual and creative discussions. I really enjoyed speaking on the youth literature panel. The organisation was smooth and seamless. I loved special moments like damper with the bush poets. Speaking at the Scone library was a great joy engaging our future readers and attendees at the Scone Literary Festival. Congratulations.``

Susanne Gervay, OAM

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