Sixty kilometres north-west of Melbourne is Moorabool Shire—an area famous for its delicious strawberry fields, apple orchards, scenic national parks and plunging gorges. Yet it is also a place rich in writing talent, brimming with stories. Peter Carey and Frank Hardy once called these lands home, as do many writers and artists today.
The Moorabool Festival of Stories is a free event showcasing our rich storytelling culture, as well as investing in the future of our writers. Miles Franklin winning author A.S. Patrić (Black Rock, White City) and Jane Harper, winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript (The Dry), will delight as they impart their top tips for storytelling, as well as answering your questions and signing your books. Local author Allyse Near (Fairytales for Wilde Girls) will lead us down the path into her world of gothic fairytales and writing for young adults, while Dyna Eldaief shares in her cooking masterclass how she preserved the exact taste of her mother’s Egyptian cooking. And for those looking for other ways to tell stories, local poet Jennie Fraine and screenwriter Steven Tandy will discuss how these mediums can be used for expressing the storyteller within.
We are also thrilled to announce the inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award as part of this festival. Open to all courageous Australian residents, the competition will award one winning short story of between 2000 - 3000 words $1000, as well as boasting rights for this prestigiously named award. The runner-up will receive $250. Shortlisted entries will be judged by Ryan O’Neill, author of the short story collection The Weight of a Human Heart and the recent novel-in-stories Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers.
So rock up for a workshop and come meet the authors. Join us as we examine just how much stories are at the heart of us all.