Welcome to the Mudgee Readers' Festival!
Our 2015 festival took place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August. The festival – in its sixth year – welcomed a number of big-name authors and some exciting new events.
Guests included: Don Watson, Ramona Koval, Clare Wright, Steven Carroll, Debra Oswald, Wayne Macauley, Bernard Keane and Emily Rodda.
Our 2015 festival featured in-depth interviews and panel discussions with authors such as Antonia Murphy, Robyn Cadwallader, Anna George and Peter Watt. The Long Lazy Lunch featured former host of the ABC Radio National Book Show Ramona Koval in conversation with dynamite interviewer Alice Grundy.
The first MRF Book Club was held – over coffee and by the fire – on the Saturday morning. It was a lively discussion between Luke Carman, about his NSW Premier’s Award-winning An Elegant Young Man, and Mudgee Underground's Sam Paine. The session was hugely popular, so look out for more MRF Book Clubs next year.
Our authors certainly did get up on a soapbox! While we enjoyed a three course meal we were entertained by the ravings of some festival favourites, as they each ranted about a topic that really gets their goat. The Rant was hosted by Seizure's David Henley and featured the disgruntled ravings of: Bernard Keane on terrorism, Clare Wright with an encyclopaedic litany of complaints, Antonia Murphy loving bacteria and avoiding faecal transplants, Debra Oswald deploring senseless violence as 'gritty realism' on television, Wayne Macauley bemoaning leaf blowers and Luke Carman in an evangelical rant that brought the house down.
The Mudgee Readers' Festival might be over for another year but rest assured there will be fantastic one-off events to keep the readers of Mudgee happy... Starting with Book Swap! We're partnering with arts collective Mudgee Underground to bring a book swapping extravaganza – complete with readings by Summer Land, Luke Carman and Susie Bennett – to Roth's Wine Bar on Wednesday 28 October.