Monday, 28th May 2018
2018 New Norcia Writers' Festival
Now in its fourth year, the New Norcia Writers Festival offers a varied mix of writers, artists and performers in sessions which take advantage of the unique Wheatbelt monastery town’s rich history and beautiful architecture.
This year’s guests include authors Anthea Hodgson, David Whish-Wilson, Susan Midalia, Michelle Johnston and Laurie Steed; poet Rose van Son; artist Jeremy Kirwan-Ward; and soprano Katja Webb and pianist Chris Milbourn.
The set price of $80 includes four sessions, morning and afternoon teas, wine tasting and an open mic event (buffet or picnic lunch options are available for an extra charge). There will be ample opportunities to explore the community’s museum and art gallery and other places of interest.
For the first time, ticketholders will also be able to “curate” their own program by choosing four out of eight possible sessions on the day.
“As most of the venues have limited capacities, allowing concurrent sessions effectively double our potential audience,” festival director William Yeoman said. “This means greater choice and a real festival buzz.”
Yeoman, who is also director of Perth Festival Writers Week, said he was especially excited to be able to feature operatic soprano Katja Webb in performance with pianist Chris Milbourn.
“Katja and Chris performed American composer Aaron Copland’s 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson at this year’s Perth Festival Writers Week to great acclaim,” he said. “I’m grateful to them for agreeing to perform this beautiful song cycle again for us at New Norcia.”Download the press release