Write Around the Murray festival open for bookings

31 July 2013

The seventh annual Write Around the Murray (WAM) Festival is open for bookings.

Book lovers and aspiring writers are urged to visit with WAM website and book their place quickly to avoid missing out on the action-packed program: www.writearoundthemurray.org.au

From 4 - 8 September Albury will become a literary epicentre as WAM offers more than 60 events, workshops and sessions to book-lovers and aspiring writers. With the launch of the official program, AlburyCity is encouraging local scribes and book-worms to register now to secure their spot at the ever-popular WAM sessions. People can find out more about each session and book online at www.writearoundthemurray.org.au

The festival lineup features some of Australia's best and brightest creative minds. The Project presenter and comedian Charlie Pickering, acclaimed Australian author Tony Birch and celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow headline this year’s festival. Writing workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and the ever popular literary lunch and Festival Dinner promise to make this year’s WAM Festival the best yet.

“WAM is full of practical sessions and useful tips that will help people make the jump from being aspiring writer to published author,” Festival Coordinator Ann-maree Ellis said. “It’s the best program we’ve ever had, without a doubt. There are some incredibly talented writers and artists joining us this year and it’s a rare opportunity to meet them and learn from their experience and be inspired by their stories.

“The theme this year is Australian Voices and it’s fascinating to reflect on what our stories tell us about ourselves. Enduring myths and legends mix with contemporary voices in a way that reflects our diverse community and diverse stories.”

“Regardless of how advanced you are, if you’re an aspiring writer this year’s festival can’t be missed. It’s a chance to rub shoulders with people in the business and get priceless insight into the creative process of our best authors.”

“Whether you’re an aspiring writer or avid book-lover, WAM will have something for you.”

The program will be launched by Yarrawonga based horse handler Wayne Hinchliffe who runs the Stockyard Show from his Yarrawonga farm. Wayne began his horsemanship under the guidance of the famous horseman Tommy Woodcock who was best known as the handler of Phar Lap. Wayne will be performing at WAM as part of the Strapper exhibition, which tells the story of Tommy Woodcock and his relationship with Australia’s iconic race horse Phar Lap.

Local authors Honor Auchinleck and Paul Terry will launch their books during WAM 2013. Both Honor and Paul will be available to preview the 2013 festival and talk about the launch of their upcoming works.

Festival highlights:

  • Festival lunch with Honor Auchinleck
  • Dinner with The Project presenter Charlie Pickering and celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow
  • Panel discussion: Ned Kelly – Legacy and Legend
  • Strapper, The story of Phar Lap and his strapper, Tommy Woodcock
  • Panel Discussion: Blokes on Belonging – Australian Identity and Culture
  • Writing workshops with authors Tony Birch, Sydney Smith, Phillip Gwynne and Libby Gleeson
  • Performance poetry and open mic with Emilie Zoey Baker
  • Pitching and Publishing workshop for aspiring writers
  • Mentoring with literary agents, manuscript assessors and marketers
  • Poh’s Outdoor Kitchen at the Community Wood Fired Oven at Hovell Tree Park with Poh Ling Yeow