Bush poetry, crime and steamy sex scenes feature at the 2018 Scone Literary Festival

FROM bush poetry to steamy sex scenes, crime writing and conversations with living legends, this year’s Scone Literary Festival has it all.

With the theme of The Magic and Power of Literature, the festival will take place over the weekend of November 10 and 11 and feature celebrated authors such as David Marr talking about Patrick White’s literary legacy, Meg Keneally on crime and Tracey Spicer discussing the #metoo movement and her new book, The Girl Stripped Bare.

“Our little festival has come a long way in a few short years,” new president Janie Jordan said.

“And, we’re very proud of this year’s stellar line-up.

“This has to be the best value writer’s festival with a weekend pass at just $55 – a bargain for all this fun.

“Bookings are open now and selling fast, so get in quickly to secure your place over the weekend, particularly for Sunday morning when we host a Bush Poet’s breakfast to support our drought-affected farmers.”

Scone-based local living legend Phillip Adams will be in conversation with fellow living legend, former politician and broadcaster, Barry Jones.

Adams will also interview David Marr as the headliner on day one of the festival.

Food also features with Patrice Newell hosting a panel on Storytelling through Food, featuring food writers and celebrated cooks, including Caroline Beecham, Barbara Sweeney, Cathy Armstrong and Nicholas Jordan.

Author and journalist Benjamin Law will host the “steamy sex scenes” panel with Pamela Cook, Diana Thompson and Michelle Douglas who will discuss how you approach writing an erotic scene in a romantic novel.

“This is sure to be a page-turner,” Ms Jordan said.

“No doubt, Benjamin will be hilarious sharing relationship dilemmas, life dramas, and other people's fantasies as he moderates this fascinating panel.”

Diversity features, too, with Perth-based writer Shokoofeh Azar and local artist and author Hanna Kay.

Azar will headline the popular Saturday Soiree, which will showcase music and a magic act.

See http://www.sconewritersfestival.com.au/ for the full program.

Tickets for this fabulous festival are on sale now, and start at $55 for the full weekend – book at https://www.trybooking.com