|The Executive and Board members |
of Festival of Golden Words Inc.
The Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words was simply awesome.
Check it out: http://www.festivalofgoldenwords.com.au
On the website it was advertised as “Free marquee sessions, poets’ breakfasts, literary lunches, a literary dinner, a national address, writers workshops, vineyard food and wine writing sessions. A unique writers festival in
beautiful in March." Tamar Valley
I have never been able to attend any large Writer Festivals and always vaguely thought they were only held in large cities like
Melbourne and even .
Then multi-published Stephen Dando-Collins and his wife returned to Byron Bay to live only a
few kilometres away from us here in the West Tamar region. Tasmania
When I first heard about this venture for our small
and close to an hour’s drive from Launceston, I was a little sceptical about what
was being planned and anticipated. However, I did sign up to be a local
volunteer. But now, I am rather ashamed of myself for underestimating the whole
thing. The Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words gained local and state
government support. It attracted eighty published authors presenting workshops
in various locations and sharing on panels in two large marquees with the many
hundreds of attendees. The Beaconsfield
primary school principal reported there were about 570 school children on
Saturday who arrived from several areas of our island. The eleven authors there
included Wendy Harmer, Andy Griffiths, Christina Booth and Lian Tanner Beaconsfield
Because I was unable to attend many sessions and also did not take photos, I asked my local, published author friend, Margaret Muir, to share some thoughts and photos of the event.
|Margaret Muir - background is the Tamar River|
Margaret, one of the eighty busy authors reports:
|Festival launch. L-R Stephen and Louise Dando-Collins, |
Premier Lara Gidding, West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther
I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and though I have attended conferences for Romance writers and Historical novelists and, in some cases, travelled overseas and outlaid a fortune in travel expenses and registration costs, this BFOGW was the best I have ever attended. It was so well organised and well attended, the only problem for the attendees was choosing which of the lectures’ panels to go to as two marquees of events were happening throughout the day.
The Festival was the first of its kind organised in
and is set to rival the Byron Bay Festival in . Australia
Already funds are available for a similar event next Year.
Also, I think, because it was not a limited field – such as Romance or Historical, the authors and those attending came from very diverse fields including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, food/wine etc.
|One of the many panels|
It was excellent with Rachael Treasure, Irina Dunn and Tim Lack of Foot and Plaisted printers. The topic was “Is self-publishing the Future of Publishing.”
|Speaker on left is Steve Bisley|
|Beaconsfield gold mine entrance|
In memory of the ABC journalist who died at
Thank you so much, Margaret. I have just enjoyed reading another of your books, Admiralty Orders, that I bought at the Festival. your books are also now available as e-books.
Do check out her website:
I also enjoyed Finklestein's Miracle by Stephen Dando-Collins and then discovered it had quite a story to how it was published. Do also check out his interesting website and 30 books: http:www.stephendandocollins.com
Running in conjunction with the Saturday and Sunday was the Fringe Golden Word event with the aim of providing a valuable platform for promising, emerging writers. I presented a workshop to a small group of fiction writers that was well received. This was organised by Yvonne Gluyas and Joy Elizabeth with help from Robyn Friend - who unfortunately became ill during the session of readings by emerging writers.
It is planned to make this Festival an annual event. Whether annual or even bi-annual, stay tuned for another opportunity to attend our next Beaconsfield of Festival Golden Words.
Mary Hawkins is currently finishing her latest Christian romance manuscript, Her Outback Cowboy, and still trying to put into practice what she has been learning about romance writing for nearly thirty years. Last December she celebrated twenty years since her first book, Search For Tomorrow, was published in 1993 by Barbour. She is excited her back list contemporary and historical Heartsong Presents novels are again available as e-book through Barbour’s Truly Yours Digital Editions.