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Orange Readers and Writers Festival Main Event

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The Hotel Canobolas

248 Summer Street

Orange, NSW 2800


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Snuggling up beside the fire with a good book is one of winter’s pleasures. So we hope to inspire your reading with these guest authors.

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Cosy up as part of the Winter Fire Festival for a lively program with Debra Adelaide, Meg Keneally, Summer Land, Tim Ayliffe and Felicity Mclean at this intimate readers and writers festival.

Debra Adelaide

Debra Adelaide's literary career commenced in the late 1980s, and since then she has been a freelance writer, book reviewer, editor, researcher, and an academic. She studied at the University of Sydney, where she also worked as a tutor in the English department in the early 1980s and completed a doctorate in Australian literature in 1990. At the University of Technology, Sydney, she is now an associate professor, where her students exist in ever-growing and talented numbers. At home the number of children has decreased and the number of dogs has increased, but she is still the proud mother of Joe, Elle and Callan, and grandmother to Pippa. Debra has most recently published her short story collection Zebra & Other Stories.

Savvy readers may recall her first novel The Hotel Albatross based on her experiences running a country hotel - The Hotel Canobolas. So Debra will come full circle to the scene of her first novel at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival. It is sure to add an interesting element to her talk.

Tim Ayliffe

Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for almost 20 years and is the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News. He has also worked as TV News Editor for ABC News and the Executive Producer of ABC News Breakfast. Prior to 2006, Tim worked in London for Sky News as a digital and television journalist. The Greater Good is the first book in a three-book series featuring John Bailey. His second book State of Fear is out in August. When he's not writing or chasing news stories Tim rides bikes and surfs.

Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally worked as a public affairs officer, sub-editor, freelance feature writer, reporter, and talkback radio producer, before co-founding a financial service public relations company, which she then sold after having her first child. For more than ten years, Meg has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time scuba diving instructor. She is co-author with Tom Keneally of The Soldier's Curse, The Unmourned, The Power Game, and The Ink Stain, the first four books in The Monsarrat Series. Fled, is her debut solo novel – an epic historical adventure based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

Summer Land

Born in West Virginia and raised in Florida, Summer Land graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College in Boston in 2008 where she studied marketing. After embarking on a working holiday in Australia and spending two ski seasons in Park City, Utah, Summer moved to Australia in 2010 where she settled down in Mudgee, NSW and began writing.

Inspired by Sloane Crosley, Chelsea Handler and David Sedaris, Summer first started blogging, but quickly learned she had a book inside of her. Summerlandish: Do As I Say, Not As I Did, was published in 2013, which prompted numerous writers’ and readers’ festival appearances across Australia. Today, Land writes a column in the Mudgee Guardian and is a regular contributor to The Tot. Her writing work has also been featured in Elle Australia, Cosmopolitan Australian, Mamamia and Women’s Health. Her second book is titled I Now Pronounce You Husband and Expat.

Felicity McLean

Central West Libraries readers will be familiar with Feclity McLean’s latest book The Van Apfel Girls are Gone chosen as the One Library, One Book read for 2019. Felicity is a writer and a journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Good Weekend, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Big Issue and more. Her successful book, Body Lengths, was co-written with Olympian Leisel Jones. It won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards 'Reader's Choice' for Small Publisher Adult Book of the Year, and it was Apple iBook's 'Best Biography of 2015′. As a ghostwriter she has collaborated with celebrities, sports stars, business leaders and others.


10am Welcome

10.05am – 10.50am Debra Adelaide

10.50am – 11am Kiara Harris – Year of Indigenous Languages

11am - 11.15am Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Announced

11.15am – 11.45am Morning Tea

11.45am – 12.25pm Tim Ayliffe

12.25pm – 1.05pm Summer Land

1.05pm – 2pm Lunch

2pm – 2.40pm Felicity McLean

2.40pm – 3.20pm Meg Keneally

3.20pm – 3.30pm Close

Bookseller: Collins Bookseller, Orange

Supported by Orange 360. All year round

In 2019 the Orange Readers & Writer’s festival is pleased to partner with the 2nd annual Orange Winter Fire Festival, a celebration of our regional way of life and the tradition of gathering around the fire to share stories and a smile with friends and strangers alike. The Readers & Writer’s program has been added to the Winter Fire Festival schedule of activities, alongside a variety of fantastic events from our region’s award-winning wineries, restaurants and regional villages from August 2nd-4th 2019. For more information about the Orange Winter Fire Festival and event tickets, visit www.orangewinterfirefestival.com.au

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