The first of the photos are up!  Re-live the weekend!
What a wonderful weekend we've just had at the Gloucester Writers Festival. A huge thank you to key speakers, writers, moderators, readers, volunteers & everyone who contributed to making ti such a special weekend.

We'll add photographs to the site as they become available, & on Facebook too.

We have set the date for 2013 - its over Queen's Birthday Weekend so more people can participate in workshops.  That's 8, 9 & 10 June 2013.

Mark the date in your diary, tell your friends & book your accommodation for another stimulating weekend of debate, conversation, laughter, inspiration, stimulation & good food & wine. 

The 2012 Gloucester Writers Festival May 4-6 at Gloucester High School this year has much on offer for the poets amongst us. 

From 1pm to 4pm on Friday May 4 a workshop for poets is being conducted by Judy Johnson. Judy is a poet and novelist who has been writing and teaching poetry through university and elsewhere for twenty years. Her first collection Wing Corrections came second in the Anne Elder Award and was reprinted. Her second Nomadic won the Melbourne University Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and her third book, a verse novel Jack won the Victorian Premier’s Award for poetry and was subsequently reprinted by Picador. Individual poems have won many prizes including the Josephine Ulrick, Val Vallis, Patricia Hackett, Bruce Dawe, John Shaw Neilson, Banjo Paterson, Tom Collins and Newcastle Poetry Prize.

In this three hour workshop for poets attendees will learn how to avoid the pitfalls and the same time utilise techniques of poetic craft to bring their work to its full potential on the page. Participants are to bring a pen and paper for a writing exercise or two, and if people wish to have a one page workshopped, please bring enough copies for the group.

Judy has judged many awards including the New South Wales Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the Tom Collins, Henry Kendall, Roland Robinson and Newcastle Poetry Prizes.

There is more for poetry lovers.

On Saturday May 5 at 5pm after the last panel session and readings from the secondary schools competition there will be the popular “Poet’s Sprint”. This is free for day or weekend pass holders and $5 for others. No need to go anywhere as it will be held at the Gloucester High School, with beverages available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded to the most popular poems presented.

The Sunday May 6 programme includes a panel session at 1pm on “Who Reads Poetry anyway?” with Robert Adamson and Judy Johnson.  Many claim that writing, and reading, poetry are lost arts. Schools do not encourage pupils to learn poetry by heart, so how do we develop an appreciation of poetry when we are not introduced to it in our youth. In the last few months several anthologies of Australian poetry have been published – and sold. Who is buying books of poetry? How do you write a poem? Where does the inspiration come from?  What distinguishes good poetry from bad? Hear what poets have to say about their chosen literary form.

Robert Adamson’s collection, The Clean Dark won both the Victorian and NSW Premiers' prizes as well as Australia's National Book Council 'Banjo' Award. It was the first time all three major prizes went to the same book. This was followed by Waving to Hart Crane in 1994 which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry and the Australian Literary Gold Medal, University of NSW. In 1995 Adamson was awarded the FWA's Christopher Brennan Award for a lifetime's achievement in poetry.

Mulberry Leaves, New & Selected Poems 1970-2001 was published in 2001 by Paper Bark Press. This is 18th book brought together the best of his poetry from 1970 to 2001. With a career spanning three decades, Adamson's work in Mulberry Leaves bears out Dorothy Hewett's observation that 'with each book his maturity and control increases'. This rich but discriminating selection consolidated his claim to being 'the most unique poet of his generation' and a 'key figure' according to the Times Literary Supplement.

The Gloucester Writers Festival website has details of the full programme, guest writers, workshops, Poets Sprint, Barbecue, Dinner and much more.  Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, by mail or in person with a 10% early bird discount for day and weekend pass bookings received by April 14.

Enquiries to 6558 1208 or email


Media Release

March 16, 2012

Gloucester Writers Festival Back 

Following the success of the inaugural 2011 Gloucester Writers Festival, Lindy Dupree and The Gloucester Bookshop are delighted to announce that the Gloucester Writers Festival will be held May 4 – 6 this year. 

Lindy Dupree said “we guarantee another weekend of stimulating and inspirational workshops, discussions and conversations. We are really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces back in 2012 and to meeting new guests to the Gloucester Writers Festival.

“This festival is for anyone who loves books – readers and writers alike. This year we are pleased to announce that the festival has been extended with workshops as well as a schools programme on Friday May 4. Friday evening there will again be the “Booklovers Barbecue” which was very popular last year. This is a rare chance to have a drink and chat with our writers.”

All workshops and panel sessions this year will be held at the Gloucester High School in Ravenshaw Street Gloucester. 

A courtesy shuttle will be operating between the town centre and Gloucester High School during the festival.

Renew your passion, re-engage with past participants, ignite your fire and connect with the like minds. The Festival is small enough for participants to debate with luminaries, large enough for meaningful discussion.

Another popular part of last year’s Festival was “The Poets’ Sprint’. For the 2012 Gloucester Writers Festival this will be held on Saturday (after the last panel session at the High School) at the Gloucester Tennis Club.

“So far we have thirteen writers confirmed participating in workshops and panel discussions. The diverse programme has something of interest to people interested in books. The genres include popular fiction, travel, chicklit, speculative (which includes fantasy and more), historical, poetry and what’s going in the world of publishing. The popular “pitching session” will be held on Sunday for those who want to make a three minute pitch their book to a real publisher. This year there will be a panel who will rate all the pitches and and award a prize to the book they think has the best chance of being published”, Lindy said.

Tickets for the 2012 Gloucester Writers Festival go on sale March 18 and can be purchased either on line through the website or from The Gloucester Bookshop in Dennison Street. There is a 10% early bird discount for bookings made and paid for by March 31.

The Gloucester Writers Festival has more information about the festival with updates posted regularly on facebook and twitter.

For enquiries please visit the website, or email, or telephone 6558 1208 Mobile  0414 247 967.

All workshops and panel sessions will be held at the Gloucester High School. Ravenshaw Street, Gloucester.

A courtesy shuttle will be operating between the town centre & Gloucester High School.

What kinds of books are selling today? When bookshops are folding all around us, and publishers are having a hard time making a profit, what kind of books are readers buying, and what kind of manuscripts are publishers looking for? Is e-publishing the way to go? Our panelists will give you, the readers and writers, the heads up on publishing present and future.
Building on the success of the 2011 festival, planning is now well underway for the Gloucester Writers Festival 2012.

Its time to block out the diary - 4-6 May 2012
& book your accommodation; see the Accommodation tag for links.

We'll keep you up-to-date on sessions & guest writers as we go.

We're looking forward to welcoming back those of you who were with us in 2011, & to meeting all new comers in 2012.