Berry Writers Festival 2022

The inaugural Berry Writers Festival, held on the weekend of October 21-23 2022, has been judged by participants a genuine success – in no small measure thanks to the enthusiasm, generosity, and hard work of the Berry community, for which the festival Committee is very grateful.

2022 Program

FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER - WORKSHOPS

Time

WORKSHOP

LOCATION

10am - 2pm

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Publishing But Were Afraid To Ask

Presented by: Mary Cunnane

CWA, 79 Victoria Street
10.30am - 12pm

Poetry: Drawing Down the Muse - The techniques of writing poetry

Presented by: Ivy Ireland

Wesley Chapel, 71-77 Albert Street
11.30am - 1.30pm

Writing for Children: A Masterclass

Presented by: Mick Elliott

Uniting Hall, 71-77 Albert Street
2pm - 4pm

Research for Writers: The Full Picture

Presented by: Helen O'Neill

Uniting Hall, 71-77 Albert Street
2.30pm - 4.30pm

So you want to write a Novel: A hands-on workshop

Presented by: Lisa Heidke

CWA, 79 Victoria Street

FRIDAY NIGHT OPENING CELEBRATION

6pm

FESTIVAL OPENING CELEBRATION

Keynote Speaker: Tim Flannery

Berry School of Arts, 19 Alexandra Street

SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER

Time

BERRY SCHOOL OF ARTS

Scots Church Hall

9am - 10am

Climate Change, Conscience and Catastrophe

Danielle Celermajer, Tim Flannery, Robyn Williams

Moderated by: Christina Slade

Loss and Belonging

Anita Heiss

In conversation with: Lisa Heidke

10.30am - 11.30am

History Lessons

David Dufty, Paul Daley, Jessica North

Moderated by: Mary Cunnane

Family, identity and Freedom

Amal Awad, Nigel Featherstone

Moderated by: Mark Tredinnick

12.00pm - 1pm

The Kindness Revolution

Hugh Mackay

The Choices We Make

Jacqueline Maley, Meredith Jaffe

Moderated by: Tori Haschka

2pm - 3pm

War and Pestilence: Australia's Security in the Twenty-First century

Peter Hartcher, Gary Quinlan, Raina MacIntyre

Moderated by: Christina Slade

A Cautionary Tale

Wendy McCarthy

Moderated by: Nicole Abadee

3.30pm - 4.30pm

The Joy in Grace and the Grace in Joy

Tabitha Carvan, Petrea King

Moderated by: Jacqeline Maley

LOVE, LOSS AND LAUGHTER IN THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Helena Fox, Allison Tait, Mick Elliott

Moderated by:  Jennifer Mors

5pm - 6pm

THE ABSURDITIES OF MOTHERHOOD: A WRITING AND SONG WRITING COLLABORATION

Ceridwen Dovey, Eliza Bell, Keppie Coutts

Jemma Birrell

Art and Artist: Terms of Engagement

Angela O’Keeffe, Fiona Kelly McGregor, Delia Falconer

Moderated by: Helen O’Neil

6.30pm

HANG OUT AT THE PUB AND A TRIBUTE TO FRANK MOORHOUSE

Berry Hotel, 120 Queen Street

SATURDAY 22nD OCTOBER
LOLA: LOVE OUR LOCAL AUTHORS

UNITING CHURCH HALL. Two sessions: 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Enjoy two special opportunities – at no charge; tickets not required – to meet informally and talk with some of our region’s writers. It is also a chance to purchase their books and have them signed by the authors.

This is an informal event that you can drop in and out of at any time between 10 - 12pm & 1 - 3pm.

SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER

Time

BERRY SCHOOL OF ARTS

UNITING CHURCH HALL

9am - 10am

ANIMAL RIGHTS (AND WRONGS)

The Anthony Bennett DVM Memorial Session

Danielle Celermajer, Iain McCalman, Jeremy Gans

Moderated by: Mary Cunnane

THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE: ON APPEARANCE AND AUTHENTICITY

Phillipa McGuiness, Amal Awad

Moderated by: Jonica Newby

10.30am - 11.30am

TABOOS, SECRETS AND COMING-OF-AGE

Craig Silvey

In conversation with: Jennifer Mors

‘POETS ARE THE UNACKNOWLEDGED LEGISLATORS OF THE WORLD.’

Julie Janson, Ivy Ireland, Mark Tredinnick

Moderated by: Suzanne Burdon

12pm - 1pm

DOES DEMOCRACY HAVE A FUTURE?

Kate Fullagar, Tim Hollo, Simon Holmes à Court, Teela Reid

Moderated by: Peter Hartcher

GRIEVING AND LIVING

Dom Frawley, Michael Pascoe, Jonica Newby

Moderated by:  Robyn Williams

1.30pm - 2.30pm

How Far is Too Far?

ane Caro, Anne Maria Nicholson

Moderated by: Suzanne Burdon

The Escapist Joy of Fiction: How Writers Fuel our Imagination

Lisa Heidke, Tori Haschka , LA Larkin

Moderated by: Louise Walsh

3pm - 4pm

THE PLACES WE CALL HOME

Rick Morton, Michael Pascoe, Julie Janson

Moderated by: Nigel Featherstone

  Thank YOU to OUR PARTNERS  

South Cost Writers Centre
Wax Lyrical
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.
ABN: 63 903 506341 
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Local Photography and other images by Katie Rivers Photography courtesy of Shoalhaven Tourism 

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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