Williamstown Literary Festival – Food for Thought

Coming up this month is the annual Williamstown Literary Festival, during which writers and readers alike will meet in a celebration of the written word and storytelling.The event runs over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of June, and will be held at the historic Williamstown Town Hall. This year’s theme is ‘Food for Thought’, offering up a platter of 80 authors across 50 events in a banquet for the mind. The theme aims to spark discussion around the joy of food, as well as food production, agriculture, the ethics of eating and health. However the event also explores the more general nourishment of literature, covering topics from football to family to mental health. Events include panels, interviews, readings, debates, book launches, music and book sales,and there are also a number of opportunities for you to better your penmanship in workshops for poetry, journaling, interviewing, editing and children’s writing.

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Food (and Literary) Options

If you’re culinarily-inclined, stop in to see chocolatier Pana Barbounis discuss his chocolate journey, beginning by selling from the back of his scooter, and now stocking to locations across the world. Or join Epicure columnist Richard Cornish talking about his year without meat, to find out what life is like on the vego side of the fence. Several events will also delve into the joys of recipes, including a discussion of Margaret Preston’s handwritten recipes and accompanying artworks, and a conversation about ‘The Romance of Recipes’.

Local Flavour & Awards

Other guests include Australian author Jane Harper, who will discuss her best selling novel ‘The Dry, and Williamstown-grown writer and illustrator Leigh Hobbs answering questions on his beloved children’s books. And don’t miss the Williamstown Literary Festival People’s Choice awards, in which a selection of local writers will present a selection of poems from which the audience can vote on their favourite.

Kids Menu

The event also offers a variety of sessions to appetise the kids. Join festival favourite Andy Griffiths in his ‘91-Storey Treehouse’, or visit Nonna in the Kitchen and her kitchen band for interactive songs and activities.

The Williamstown Literary Festival has been a much loved event for 14 years, established and maintained by a board of local volunteers. It never fails to deliver a delectable selection of events, so be sure to tantalise your Taste buds this later this month.

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