Warm Winter Words

‘Warm Winter Words’ is our annual literary event held on a winters afternoon. The delight of listening to authors share their stories is enjoyed by many. Suggestions for future themes and authors are always welcome. Contact Pete via info@apollobaywritersfestival.com.

2016 Warm Winter Words – Everyone has a story

As of 2016, Warm Winter Words is part of the Apollo Bay Writers Festival. To find out more about the Apollo Bay Writers Festival click here.

This year we’ve expanded on Warm Winter Words to build the Apollo Bay Writers Festival. Your favourite literary event in Apollo Bay is on as usual on a Sunday afternoon in winter, (Sunday, 31st July, 2016) but we’ve added more events and some workshops around it for a full literary weekend for both readers and writers. For more information about this year’s Warm Winter Words and other events visit the Apollo Bay Writers Festival website.

NOTE: one change previous attendees should be aware of is that this year, Warm Winter Words will be held at the Mechanics Institute (Mech Hall).

2015 Warm Winter Words – The creative process

WarmWinter Words 2015

The Creative Process

Sunday, 16th of August, 2015, 2pm-5pm.

Apollo Bay Hotel
Krambruk Room
95 Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233

This year we are delighted to announce our writers are Kevin Brophy, Lisa Gorton and PD Martin.

Kevin Brophy - Author

Photo of Kevin Brohpy, taken by Nicholas Walton-Healey

Kevin Brophy is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and essays, including Walking,: New and Selected Poems (John Leonard Press 2013), which was shortlisted for the WA Premiers Prize for Poetry. He was 2009 co-winner of the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay. His collection of short fiction, What Men and Women Do, was runner-up for the Christina Stead Award, and in 2005 he was awarded the Martha Richardson medal for poetry. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in several Best Australian anthologies of the past decade. For the first half of 2015 he has been writer-in-residence at the Australia Council B. R. Whiting Studio in Rome. From 1980 to 1994 he was founding co-editor of Going Down Swinging with Myron Lysenko. He is patron of the Melbourne Poets Union and a life member of Writers Victoria. He is a Professor at the University of Melbourne where he teaches Creative Writing.

Lisa Gorton writes poetry, fiction, essays and reviews. As a Rhodes Scholar, she completed a doctorate on John Donne at Oxford University. Her awards include the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. In 2013 she edited Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems anthology. Lisa’s most recent publications, both with Giramondo, are the poetry collection Hotel Hyperion and the novel The Life of Houses.

PD Martin - Author

PD Martin

PD Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published ‘traditionally’ in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series — Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death — has met with international acclaim.

In 2010 she moved into the ebook sphere, starting off with book six in the Sophie series, Coming Home. Since then she has released Hell’s Fury, a spy thriller with crime at its heart, and two middle grade novels under Pippa Dee — The Wanderer and Grounded Spirits.

Phillipa currently teaches creative writing at Abbotsford Convent and Writers Victoria, and is also studying for her PhD in Creative Writing.

You can find out more about Phillipa at www.pdmartin.com.au.

Proudly sponsored by Colac Otway Shire

This event is made possible by Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust

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Grace Marion Wilson Trust - Supporting emerging writers

2014 Warm Winter Words – Rethinking Australia’s indigenous past

Our three speakers were: Bruce Elder, Professor Michael James (Mick) Dodson and Bruce Pascoe.

“Mick” Dodson – Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. Dodson is the author of many articles and speeches, he is now heading the Serving our Country project to document the stories and the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who fought for Australia from the Boer War until 2000. He will coordinate Community Yarn Ups to track down and record oral and video histories, and document letters and papers of indigenous ex-servicemen and servicewomen around Australia.
Bruce Pascoe – In his latest book, Dark Emu, Pascoe argues for a reconsideration of the ‘hunter-gatherer’ tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and provides evidence that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia’s past is required.

2013 Warm Winter Words ~ SEEKING ASYLUM

We were proud to have Bruce Pascoe host our 20th Warm Winter Words. This year our guest authors spoke on asylum seekers. The afternoon was a sell out thanks to the engaging line-up of writers:

Robin De Crespigny – author of The People Smuggler - The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, an Iraqi refugee who became a people smuggler to get his family to safety

Kooshyar Karimi – author of I confess: Revelations in Exile. In 2000, he managed to flee, with his family, escaping certain torture and death which stalked him on a daily basis in his native Iran. Karimi’s sin was his Jewishness and the fact that he helped desperate girls and women, who had been raped, terminate the resulting pregnancies.

Julian Burnside, AO QC, well known Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author.

Jessie Giles, spoken word artist.

2012 Warm Winter Words ~ WORLDS APART

For our 19th warm Warm Winter Words three exceptional writers - Belinda Castles, Chi Vu and Paddy O’Reilly explored different and compelling experiences while bringing fresh perspectives and ideas to universal themes of humanity, exile and what it means to belong to a plaace or culture.

Vogel Award winner, Belinda Castles’ new novel Emil and Hannah looks at the caprices of war-time Europe as it splits families and divides loyalties with the stroke of the home office’s pen. Based in part on the author’s own family, this powerful love story explores the devastation facing star-crossed lovers of different European extractions in the shadow of Hitler’s ruthless European expansion. Belinda is well-known for her two other novels The River Baptists and Falling Woman.

In Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale, writer and performer Chi Vu brings an ancient, macabre Buddhist folk tale to life in Melbourne’s western suburbs. In the midst of the nineteen eighties, a fractious household of shattered Vietnamese refugee families struggle to piece together some semblance of a life while all about them a gruesome legend of revenge, murder and redemption is gaining terrifying new life at the local abattoir.  Chi has worked as an artist, theatre maker & performer, writer, artistic director, lecturer and artist-in-residence. Her plays have had professional productions in Melbourne and Sydney, her short stories are widely published.

Paddy O’Reilly, the multi-award winning screenwriter and novelist has written a bold, colourful take on life in an outback Aussie town. The Fine Colour of Rust also features an abattoir and a good many other unlikely tourist attractions that all come into their own when corruption and the closure of the local school spur Loretta Boskovic, a self proclaimed old scrag, into hilarious and inspiring action. Paddy O’Reilly could teach us all a thing or two about putting the fun back into fighting for things that really matter!
Paddy’s short stories have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, The Factory, was broadcast in fifteen episodes as the ABC Radio National Book Reading during 2009.
Thank you to Galapagos Book Store for supporting us with ticket sales and to our sponsor

2011: Warm Winter Words 18 Three writers presented an insight into Tibet & Tibetan Buddhism at our annual literary event held at the Apollo Bay Hotel.

Tenpa Dugdak - co-author of Our Tibet, a story of Tenpa & his family returning to his birthplace Tibet from Australia.

Adrian Feldmann - author of The Perfect Mirror in 2004, a collection of revised articles first published in the “Mongol Messenger” newspaper, Mongolia and in 2005 A Leaf in the Wind, a description of his path towards Buddhism, which began with a voyage down the Indus River in Pakistan. Both published by Lothian Books Melbourne. Both books now out of print, although a revised version of “Perfect Mirror” has been published for free distribution by Amithaba Buddhist Centre, Singapore. Adrian became a fully ordained Buddhist monk from Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Dharamsala, India in 1977.

Claire Scobie - well-known travel writer and author of Last Seen in Lhasa, a journey to Tibet in search of a rare red lily….

2010: Warm Winter Words 17

Sue-Ann Post is Australia’s favourite six-foot, ex-Morman, lesbian, incest-surviving, diabetic writer andcomedian.The story of her life seems like a jigsaw put together from a whole series of different puzzles, and the experience of working it all our has left her uncommonly wise and funny. Sue-Ann has been to America journeying into the Mormon heartland to film a documentary about gay and lesbian Mormons thus her book about the trip, The Confessions of an Unrepentant Lesbian Ex-Mormon published in 2005.

Catherine Deveny is a comedy writer, stand-up comedian, and was a regular columnist in The Age newspaper from 2001-2010. She has performed on all Australian TV networks, in Australian comedy venues and on radio. Deveny is the author of Rank and Smelly (1997), Babies, Bellies and Blundstones (1999), Our New Baby (2005); Collections of her column It’s Not My Fault They Print Them (2007) and Say When (2008) and Free To A Good Home (2009). She returned to stand-up last year in Mother of The Year as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival & appeared at the 2010 Global Atheist Convention Melbourne with Richard Dawkins, Peter Singer, Philip Adams and PZ Myers. Her one woman show God Is Bullshit, That’s The Good News part of the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival was a total sell out.

Sponsored by the Victorian Writers Centre.

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