The holiday began from humble beginnings in the cellar restaurant of Stefano de Pieri in 1994 and has grown into an occasion which continually brings together, some of the finest writers in Australia. In a nutshell, the holiday provides a mix of literary activities mixed with some glorious regional food and wines from the Murray Valley in a novel and participative learning environment.
The Victorian winter implies a cosy environment where the mixture of wood fires, convivial environment and literary talent leads to innovative and inspiring discussion in a personal atmosphere of learning and sharing. If you are an up-and-coming writer, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to take it to the next level by interacting with some quality writers who are pleased to supply tips and advice.
The program is based around a collection of lectures, discourse forums, workshops and student readings which form a fantastic foundation for an ad-hoc, yet animated and educational learning environment. As the rep of the festival has increased, it has attracted Australian writers like Les Murray, David Malouf and Nobel Laureate JM Coetze. Clive James has additionally attended.
The programme for 2012 will be available in May and is guaranteed to live up to the reputation established over past years. Guest stars in 2011 included Professor Alan Frost, Morag Fraser, Shane Maloney, Judith Brett, Simon West and Anna Goldsworthy. So if you want to attend the winter Mildura Writers Holiday, begin to plan now.
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