Do YOU have a family member who served in the LIGHT HORSE?

Did your local community have Light Horsemen?

The General Sir Harry Chauvel Foundation encourages descendants of Light Horsemen and other interested writers to research and write about their Light Horse ancestor or local hero, for possible inclusion in the new Chauvel online anthology.

Submissions may include articles, fiction and non-fiction, and poetry, and can be illustrated with drawings, photographs and maps.

For more information visit the General Sir Harry Chauvel Foundation website at




Write Up!



Write up!  Calling all budding writers!

Enter the Upper Hunter High School Students’ ‘Scone Literary Festival Writing Competition’ and win $1000 worth of prize money!

Have your chance at $1000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to feature your writing at the Scone Literary Festival on 11 - 12 November in Scone.

One of the feature events of the Scone Literary Festival will be a writing competition for high school students across the Upper Hunter region. Students from Scone High School, Scone Grammar School (grades 7-12), Merriwa Central School (grades 7-12), St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen and Muswellbrook High School are invited to submit their story with the theme Making Connections in 500 words or less.

Winners will have the chance to share the $1000 prize pool allocated by the Scone Literary Festival 2017, as well as secure the opportunity to showcase their writing at the Scone Literary Festival. The Winner of the competition will also receive free entry tickets to Scone Literary Festival on 11th and 12th November at the Scone Arts and Crafts Hall. This year’s festival is to feature some big names of the writing world including Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker, as well as ex-Prime Minister Keating’s speech writer Don Watson, Gold Walkley Award winning journalist Joanne McCarthy and local ‘living treasure’ and ABC Radio National broadcaster Phillip Adams. A screening of The Dressmaker will feature on the Saturday night of the Festival and will be introduced by the film producer Sue Maslin and Rosalie Ham.

So start writing, ask your teachers and parents for their support, and see what magic you can muster for this inaugural competition for youths in the Upper Hunter. Entries close 1 September so get writing.


Scone Literary Festival mission: To promote books and to nurture a love of literature, learning and writing.
Media enquiries please contact Jan Sinclair on 0433 068 918