Jugiong Writers’ Festival in Review

22 to 24 March 2019

We attended the full day program on Saturday 23 March (at our own expense) of this wonderful small festival. I use the word ‘small’ In a complimentary way – the festival is just the right size and pace for human beings to enjoy.

It was extremely well organised, relaxed but stimulating, friendly, well-catered, very reasonably priced and well-paced. The committee and all volunteers are to be thoroughly congratulated.

Writer panels through the day presented 50 minute sessions:

  • Jackie French – on her new novel and lots besides
  • Sulari Gentill and Chris Hammer – on crime fiction
  • Charles Massy and Trisha Dixon – on contemporary rural and agricultural issues including the water wars
  • Jackie French, Holly Throsby and Karen Viggers – on contemporary Australian fiction including their latest works
  • Peter Rees – on his book The Missing Man (about our only Indigenous fighter pilot Len Waters)
  • Gabrielle Chan – on her book Rusted Off, about disenchantment with the body politic in small towns
  • And finally a short ‘fun’ session with Sulari Gentill and other writers on writing sex scenes.

Information is at http://jugiongwritersfestival.com

We understand the festival is every two years. We’ll be looking forward to the next.

Richard managed to get some chat time with crime writer and former journalist Chris Hammer about his book Scrublands. Stand by for the Reading List entry on this book which we haven’t got to yet, but meanwhile listen to Richard’s interview with Chris.