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Autumn is in the air and once more it’s perfect weather for reading, thinking and writing. As in previous  years autumn also brings promise of the Varuna & Sydney Writers’ Festival. This year Varuna is hosting a very special five-day Blue Mountains Program from 15 - 22 May.


Sunday 15 | Saturday 21

Enjoy the rare opportunity to visit Varuna, the National Writers House, a retreat dedicated to developing the next generation of Australian writers, during our weekend program of free and ticketed events.

MAP (Modern Art Projects) presents Wantanganura /Skyworld at Varuna, curated by Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa artist and activist Graham Davis King:
“The works represent three concepts as one: the natural world, the environment and nature’s calendar, bringing people into the fourth dimensional universe, which is part of the Dreamtime or Marrathalpu”.
This one-day event features works by Thomas Brown, Aedenn Rowan and Graham Davis-King, accompanied by artist talks, ceremony, and the opportunity to engage with the artists in a fire-circle chat.

The following Saturday, listen to poetry around the fire or engage in a panel discussion celebrating the independent poetry press.

AT THE CARRINGTON | Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 May   10.00am7.00pm

Settle into the art deco elegance of the Carrington’s Grand Dining Room and immerse yourself in two days of conversation with writers for discussions that will inspire, stimulate and provoke. This year’s line-up includes national and international award winning authors including the 2016 winner of the Victorian Premiers Literary Award and four of the six shortlisted Stella Prize authors. On Monday 16 May international award winning investigative journalist Andrew Fowler will deliver the 2016 Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture a compelling enquiry into the current state of our national media.

AT THE BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE | Saturday 21 May   10.00am – 1.00pm

Join Varuna and Katoomba Library at a Self Publishing Forum and learn the tools of the trade. Local authors share their self-publishing journey and career professionals reveal tricks of the trade in this half-day forum full of insights on how to take your writing to the next stage.

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The Sydney Writers' Festival is Australia’s largest annual literary celebration.

Events take place at a number of venues in Sydney and regional New South Wales in May each year.

Varuna is proud to have hosted the Varuna with Sydney Writers' Festival in the Blue Mountains since 2006. This year the Blue Mountains Program will be held over fiver days in Katoomba - at the Carrington Hotel, Varuna, the Writers House and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.



Previous Festivals

Photographs from previous Sydney Writers' Festivals in the Blue Mountains are in the Photo Gallery section of this website.

To view these photos, click here.


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