Countdown to the Berry Writers Festival 2022

32 Weeks to Lift-Off

It won’t come as a surprise that the words “ Berry Writers Festival” in the Subject  line of emails  sent to prospective participants  elicit the  enthusiastic – indeed, excited—responses:     “Berry!  Of course I’ll come!”   

Elsewhere on this site are the names of some of the authors who’ve already agreed to appear.

Two of them are: 

Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa McGuinness, a former publisher, is currently editor of Open Book, the magazine of the State Library of New South Wales. She is also the author of two fascinating works of non-fiction,   The Year Everything Changed: 2001, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and the just-published  Skin Deep: The Inside Story of Our Outer Selves,  which  has just been  reviewed  rapturously in the Guardian .  

Jane Caro, the  noted speaker, writer, and social commentator whom many of you will have seen on The Drum, has just made her adult fiction debut with The Mother,  a “gripping thriller” as described  in this enthusiastic recent review. 

Finally,  Doris Lessing, the acclaimed British writer and the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Literature,  is not appearing at the Festival, as she died alas  in 2013. 

But she wrote one of my favourite books,  On Cats.

In her honour, here is a picture of a Siamese named Zoe offering a bit of distracted and distracting assistance during  our Festival programming effort this afternoon.

Mary Cunnane


South Cost Writers Centre
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The Berry Writers Festival acknowledges the Dharawal and Dhurga language-speaking groups who are traditional owners of this area. We acknowledge their customs and culture, which have nourished, and continue to nourish, this land. And we extend our respects to Elders, past, present, and future.

Berry Writers Festival is a not for profit community event.
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Overhead shot of Berry © Andy Hutchinson Photography.

Photography taken at the Berry Writers Festival 2022 and displayed on our gallery page is all  courtesy of Richard Miller Photography.
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