Southern Highlands Writers' Festival 2018

The 'write' time: The first all-female line-up will be introduced at the 2018 Southern Highlands Writers' Festival. Photo: supplied.
The 'write' time: The first all-female line-up will be introduced at the 2018 Southern Highlands Writers' Festival. Photo: supplied.

Get set for a thrilling season of great literary events at the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival (SHWS).

The festival will kick off at Bowral’s Empire Cinemas on July 20.

The evening will begin with the launch of Book Towns by Alex Johnson, in which Bowral is a featured town.

This will be followed by the launch of The House on the River by Bowral-based author, Alexandra Springett.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Nature Conservative Council of NSW.

The evening will conclude with an advanced screening of the The Wife, based on Meg Wolitzer’s 2013 novel, starring Glenn Close, Jonathon Pryce and Christian Slater.

SHWS curator Michaela Bolzan said she was selective in the writers chosen for the 2018 lineup. 

“In programming the previous SHWF’s, I have always made a point of having a fairly even mix of male and female authors each year,” Ms Bolzan said.

“However, this year, I have decided to use the festival as a platform to respond to the #MeToo Movement.

“So, for the first time, we will be celebrating an all-female line up of authors.”

The festival will continue onto July 21 at The Highlands School of Performing Arts with Michelle Scott Tucker in conversation.

In her book, Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World, Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlooked aspect of Australia’s history. 

Next up will be Tania Blanchard (The Girl from Munich) and Lauren Chater (The Lace Weaver).

The authors will discuss their debut works and how they were able to navigate the challenging path to publication.

This will be followed by Robyn Cadwallader, the author of internationally acclaimed novel, The Anchoress.

Her latest work, Book of Colours, is a deeply profound and moving novel about the importance of creativity and the power of connection.

Next to take the stage will be Nicola Moriarty who has published several novels. 

Her latest work, The Other Women, is a controversial and darkly comic story about the frustrations of being a childless woman in the modern baby-obsessed world.

Virginia Lloyd will be the final speaker at the festival. 

Virginia will talk about her novel, Girls at the Piano, which explores the changing relationship between women and the piano over the course of the instrument’s history. 

This year’s raffle will raise funds for Share the Dignity, a charity that distributes sanitary products to homeless women and fights for the rights of domestic violence victims.