Friday, 17th May 2019
New Norcia Writer's Festival 2019 -24th August 2019
Join Amanda Curtin as she talks about her latest book on a revered WA artist, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris; Dr Michael Levitt on health and happiness with The Happy Bowel; Steve Hawke on his powerful novel Out of Time; Jon Doust on the timely reissue of his compelling memoir Boy on a Wire; poet Annamaria Weldon on her sparkling new collection Stone Mother Tongue; and Bindy Pritchard on her debut short story collection Fabulous Lives.
Our two performances this year feature The West Australian’s Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield and percussionist Steve Richter presenting a new work for spoken word and music, Elsewhere; and operatic baritone Robert Hoffman with pianist Tommaso Pollio performing a German art song in the original language and in translation.
The day will start at St Gertrude's college for registrations and morning tea at 9.15am. The first session will start at 10am. The lunch break will be from 11.45am until 1pm. This year we have the same options as last year for lunch. The New Norcia Hotel will be putting on a Middle Eastern hot buffet lunch for $40.00 per head. (limited to 45 people). We will be providing picnic lunches at $19.95 per head to be picked up from St Gertrude's College. All options can be paid for on our web shop. The day finishes around 3pm with a wine tasting and a light afternoon tea featuring New Norcia bakery products. From 3pm onwards the Abbey Press and Museum will be open for participants to visit. The lovely Geoff Moore is making us special New Norcia Writer's Festival bookmarks which will be available in the Abbey Press.
Ticketholders will be able to “curate” their own program again this year by choosing four out of eight possible sessions on the day.
“As most of the venues have limited capacities, allowing concurrent sessions effectively doubles our potential audience,” festival director William Yeoman said. “This means greater choice and a real festival buzz.”