Clare Readers & Writers' Festival opens

Now in its fifth year, the Clare Readers & Writers’ Festival is open for bookings.

The event, on November 25 and 26, consistently attracts patrons from throughout South Australia who gather in Clare to hear authors and industry specialists talk about writing, books and author journeys.

The popular festival’s main day is Saturday, November 25 and will feature another stellar program for both readers and writers.

Brisbane author Kim Wilkins also writes under the name of Kimberley Freeman, has won many awards and is published worldwide for both her contemporary fiction and dark fantasy novels. She will also hold a half day writing workshop on Sunday, November 26.

Josephine Moon, also from Queensland, is Australia’s first best-selling foodie fiction author and describes her books ‘like chocolate brownies – rich, inviting, a treat for the soul but with chunky nuts to chew on and a dash of sea salt.’

Regional award-winning author of children’s and young adult books, Rosanne Hawke often writes of displacement, moving between countries and facing challenges, while also telling the stories of voiceless children living in war zones, trafficked or forced to marry.

Cameron Raynes lives in Adelaide and teaches Aboriginal History at the University of South Australia. In 2008 he won the Josephine Ulrick Literary Prize, at the time the richest in the world for a single short story, which became a short film in 2012, going on to win Best Australian Short Film. His novel, First Person Shooter, released last year, takes up where the short film left off, on the outskirts of a small country town in decline.

Literary agent Haylee Nash, from The Nash Agency, is an Australian publishing industry professional with years of experience acquiring, editing, publishing and marketing bestselling fiction and non-fiction in both print and digital markets and has published some of Australia’s highest selling books.

Former rural journalist and writer Nan Berrett is a Festival co-founder and will present a workshop on Saturday covering topics such as research, publishing options, author identity and promotion.

Festival co-founder and bestselling author Meredith Appleyard is well-known in the Mid North and in her home in the Clare Valley. She is an experienced presenter and will hold a half day workshop for writers on Sunday, November 26.

Every registrant will receive a goodie bag packed with giveaways, including books – lunch and morning tea are included in the Saturday early bird ticket price - $115 ($90 concession); Sunday $70 per half day or $120 full day – registrations will open on September 1.

The day will finish at 4.15pm followed by book sales with Festival bookseller, Meg’s Bookshop, wine and nibbles and author book signings.

The full program and booking information is available on the website: or keep up to date by liking the Festival’s Facebook page:

Find out more by calling Festival Directors Nan Berrett 0400 742 692, Meredith Appleyard 0438 422 190, or Nigelle-ann Blaser 0413 584 790.