Press Release - 29th September 2016

Do you have any forgotten treasures collecting dust in your book shelves?

Antiquarian books and ephemera are on the agenda at the Scone Literary Long Weekend on 5-6 November in Scone

One of the feature events of the Scone Literary Long Weekend will be a session run by the ABC’s Tom Thompson, where Tom will talk about what to look for in your collection of books, letters and other objects that you may have hidden away. 

Tom will be bringing to Scone over a dozen rare Australian books and ephemera as a way of showing what to look for and to provide some idea of the value of the objects. He is hoping to discover some hidden treasures.

Amongst the treats Tom will be displaying from his own collection, will be Patrick White’s golf club (not a hidden manuscript!) People are encouraged to bring no more than 3 items and Tom will provide a general summation of what discoveries are being made.

Here are a few suggestions:  anything hand written prior to 1900 and of course WW1 and 2 ephemera, photos or books, and if you find any 1st edition of the James Bond books a big fuss will be made of you. Signed copies of pre1960 books are good talking points as well as classics by Ion Idriess or Arthur Upfield. If you have rare or heavier items, then just bring along photos or information.

So start ferreting around and bring along your treasures on Saturday 5th November to the Scone Arts and Crafts Hall.

The whole programme continues all day Saturday and Sunday, with special guest authors, Hugh Mackay, Cate Kennedy, Terry Smyth, Jo Ricconi and Aberdeen’s own Courtney Collins

 For more information and updates to the program visit:

 Media enquiries please contact Anne Davies on 0407 252 377


Press Release - 2nd September 2016

The Upper Hunter’s only writers festival, the Scone Literary Long Weekend takes off as it reveals its full program at launch event.

The Scone Literary Long Weekend Committee have worked tirelessly over the past few months in pulling their 3rd annual writers festival program together, and what a program it is!

The full list of authors participating at the event on 4-6 November was revealed on Friday night at a special launch party held at the Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre. This year’s theme is ‘Making Connections’ and the program features big names like Hugh Mackay and Don Watson, whose sessions will be recorded and broadcast at a later date by ABC Radio National, firmly placing Scone on the world literary map.

The program also features great local talent such as Phillip Adams, Leonie Rogers and Courtney Collins. The ABC’s Tom Thompson will also be at the festival this year on a session which encourages festival goers to bring along their antique books to be valued and he will also discuss the importance of historical books across the generations.

There is also a panel session on writing short stories which features Scone based writer Tracie Lark with award winning short story writers Cate Kennedy and Jo Riccioni plus a creative writing workshop with Hunter Writers Centre’s Karen Crofts on Sunday afternoon. Other writers on the program include Kirrili Lonegran, Katrina McKelvey and Terry Smyth.

“We are thrilled to have such high profile, well known and respected literary figures on the program this year. We are also running a special program for primary school students on the Friday. The weekend will be filled with literary pursuits as well as a wonderful soiree in the gardens of the Scone Arts & Crafts on the Saturday night so there will be something for everyone.” Said President of the Scone Literary Long Weekend Committee, Ms. Anne Davies.

The main program on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November will be held at Scone Arts & Crafts Hall.

Media enquiries please contact Anne Davies on 0407 252 377.


Press Release - 29th July 2016

Scone Literary Long Weekend ‘Making Connections’ as it announces a stellar line up of authors for its 3rd annual festival.

The only writer’s festival in the Upper Hunter region, the Scone Literary Long Weekend is set for its biggest and best year yet as it announces the first round of authors on the program. This year’s theme is ‘Making Connections’ and the program will look as a variety of connections – whether this be historical connections, how reading and writing literature connects people or simply a message to the audience to make connections by attending the festival.

The program this year includes social researcher and author Hugh Mackay plus renowned writer and public speaker Don Watson in conversation with Radio National ABCs Phillip Adams. Also on the program is local author Courtney Collins and Terry Smyth – the author of critically acclaimed new release ‘Denny Day: The life and times of Australia’s greatest lawman – the forgotten hero of the Myall Creek Massacre.

The writer’s festival will run from Friday 4 November with a special ‘Schools program’ which will see children’s authors and illustrators like Emma Allen, Kirilly Lonegran and Katrina McKelvey at Scone Library. The main programon Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November will be held at Scone Arts & Crafts Hall and features some great talent guaranteed to attract an audience of literary lovers, poets, historians and budding writers.

For more information and updates to the program visit: The full program will be launched at 5.30pm on Friday 2 September at the Scone Visitor Information Centre. Media are welcome to attend this event but must RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media enquiries please contact Anne Davies on 0407 252 377



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