2022 Outback Writers’ Festival

The Outback Writers’ Festival Inc
P.O. Box 116
WINTON, Outback Queensland 4735


Organisers of the 2022 Outback Writers Festival are claiming that Winton in Outback Queensland has the biggest number of books published about it than any other outback town in Australia. Festival President, Jeff Close, said that at last count 33 books on Winton were currently in print, and these would be available at the book fair held in conjunction with the Festival.

“These books range from the novel Werna Creek right through to the Australian reference on the Waltzing Matilda story written by the forensic lawyer from Melbourne, Benjamin Lindner,” Mr Close stated.

The books cover many aspects of Winton and Winton life. 2021 Outback Writers Festival saw the launch of Winton, Working and Wags by Rainie Gillies – the first printing sold out and is now into a second print run. Anne Alloway’s Tales from Winton’s Bush Graves is a handy reference for those tracing family trees. A book published in 1930 by one of the founders of Winton, W H Corfield, has recently been reprinted. The children’s book Dinosaurs Fight to Survive by Rose Siva is very popular with visitors to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. Land of Waltzing Matilda by Peter Knowles is an early photographic snapshot of the area. Add to that the local history books about the Royal Theatre, Middleton, the Winton Club and QANTAS by local historian Jeff Close and the 33 soon come up.

Being launched at the 2022 Outback Writers Festival is the photographic guide to the Birds of Winton by Ann Alcock and Julie Ramsay. They will show some of their photos of local birds and give a talk on their bird discoveries on opening night, Tuesday 21st June, at the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre from 7pm.

All are invited to attend this year’s Outback Writers’ Festival from 21 – 23 June, with free entry to all sessions on the Tuesday and Wednesday. There will also be a Festival dinner where the winner of the short story competition will be announced, and the book of entries will be launched.

Further information is available from www,outbackwritersfestival.com.au

Jeff Close – President:   [email protected]
Phone: 0458 532 677 – but please TEXT first, as poor reception.

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