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Press play @ | August 1 | 2PM |

28 years ago the genesis of Warm Winter Words was seeded with the belief that authors ought to be accessible & affordable for regional areas. Incredibly, & for all that time, tickets have remained hovering around the $15 mark.
This year we offer our Warm Winter Words PODCAST for the cost of whatever you'd like pay. Thank you for your support.

Warm Winter Words invites you to find a cosy chair and a warming cup for your hands, and settle back to listen to some of Australia’s finest authors discuss their books and their craft.

2021 brings you three marvellous conversations with women who are not shy of making waves. Whether it’s exploring missing voices and narratives in Australian history and writing in general, power imbalances between the sexes, the importance of mental health awareness and services, or discussing the V-word, our guests will definitely warm up your Winter’s afternoon.

Press play @ | August 1 | 2PM |

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Kate Grenville | The Secret River | A Room Made of Leaves | The Idea of Perfection |

In conversation with local author Christie Thompson.

Kate Grenville has been publishing books in Australia for over 30 years and has been decried as ‘a literary alchemist’ who ‘champions the unofficial history of women’s lives lived in the margins’. Perhaps best known for her 2005 novel, The Secret River (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, NSW Premier’s Prize, ABIA Book of the Year), Kate’s other novels are equally noteworthy, including The Idea of Perfection (winner of The Orange Prize, 2001), The Lieutenant, Sarah Thornhill, One Life, Lillian’s Story and Dreamhouse.

Kate’s most recent novel, A Room Made of Leaves, explores the life of Elizabeth Macarthur— wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney— bringing this side-lined demure woman from history to life with the seductive appeal of a shockingly frank secret memoir. A story of a woman searching for power in a society that gave women none, this book is as much about the past as it is the present, where secrets and lies have the dangerous power to shape reality.

Christie Thompson is the author of Snake Bite. She is currently Head of English at Apollo Bay P-12 College.

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Beth Wilson |The Lost Lovelies Foundation | in conversation with Dr. Sally ‘Feelgood’ Cockburn.

Beth Wilson is a lawyer and former Victorian Health Services Commissioner (1997-2012) and has a long-standing interest in medico-legal and ethical issues.

She is a patron or member of many health and legal advisory bodies, reference groups and foundations and advocates on a range of social justice issues including euthanasia, women’s rights, mental health, inequality and disability. She is a highly sought after and engaging public speaker, and was also known for her part in The Vagina Monologues.

Beth’s 2020 debut novel The Lost Lovelies Foundation follows Anita Hammond-Jones, a stylish, charismatic society figure applauded for her strength, tireless advocacy and bravery in speaking the truth. When Anita sets up The Lost Lovelies Foundation after the death of her son, she pushes for legislation to punish perpetrators and keep children safe; if passed, the legislation will give parents a final say on whether an offender walks free. An investigation into grief and what motivates charity, and how our sense of right and wrong can become distorted.

Sally Cockburn is a Melbourne GP and senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University.

However, she is probably better known for her 30-year media career in radio, TV and print, often under her alias as Dr. Feelgood. She is passionate about health, medicine and education, in particular communicating complex or sensitive health topics in lay terms.

In the 1990s, she hosted the award-winning national radio program Pillowtalk on sex and relationships, wrote the “sealed section” in Girlfriend magazine for many years, and has hosted Talking Health on 3AW for more than a decade.

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Mirandi Riwoe (Stone Sky Gold Mountain, The Fish Girl) in conversation with Kate Cuthbert of Writers Victoria.

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of 2020’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain (Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, shortlisted for The Stella Prize), as well as the novella The Fish Girl (winner of Seizure’s Viva la Novella V, shortlisted for The Stella Prize). Mirandi also publishes under the name M. J. Tjia, and she is the woman behind the Heloise Chancey historical crime series She Be Damned, A Necessary Murder and Death of Me. Her work has also appeared in many literary publications such as Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction.

In Stone Sky Gold Mountain, we follow siblings Ying and Lai Yue as they flee their home in China to seek their fortune on the Australian goldfields of the 19th century. Life on the diggings is hard and they soon abandon it for work in nearby Maytown. Lai Yue finds a job as a carrier on an overland expedition, while Ying takes work in a local store and strikes up a friendship with a young white woman with her own troubled past. When a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders. A beautifully-told story about the exiled and displaced, a society of discrimination, and the yearning for acceptance.

Kate Cuthbert is Program & Partnerships Manager at Writers Victoria and an award-winning book reviewer and critic. She is currently pursuing a PhD examining rural settings in Australian popular fiction.

Warm Winter Words is brought to you by Apollo Bay WordFest, in conjunction with Apollo Bay Arts.

It is supported by the Colac Otway Shire and Writers Victoria.

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