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New Norcia Writers Festival

August 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


We are happy to announce the programme for the annual New Norcia Writers’ Festival.
Like its predecessors, the emphasis is on literature as performance, with author readings accompanying each session. Join Amanda Curtin as she talks about her latest book on a revered WA artist, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris; Dr Michael Levitt on health and happiness with The Happy Bowel; Steve Hawke on his powerful novel Out of Time; Jon Doust on the timely reissue of his compelling memoir Boy on a Wire; poet Annamaria Weldon on her sparkling new collection Stone Mother Tongue; and Bindy Pritchard on her debut short story collection Fabulous Lives.
Our two performances this year feature The West Australian’s Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield and percussionist Steve Richter presenting a new work for spoken word and music, Elsewhere; and operatic baritone Robert Hoffman with pianist Tommaso Pollio performing a German art song in the original language and in translation.
Programme of the day
.15 – 10.00 am. Registration and morning tea – St Gertrude’s Entrance Hall.
10.00am – 10.45am.
Session A – Spanish Chapel; Annamaria Weldon – Stone Mother Tongue poems
Session B – St Ildephonsus’ Chapel – Jon Doust Boy on a Wire
11.00am – 11.45pm.
Session C; St Josephs’ Hall – Dr Michael Levitt – The Happy Bowel
Session D; St Gertrude’s Hall – Robert Hoffmann and Tommaso Pollio – German Art Song. 11.45pm – 1.00pm Lunch Break – Lunch at Hotel or a picnic lunch
1.00pm – 1.45 pm
Session E: St Josephs’ Hall – Amanda Curtin –Kathleen O’Connor of Paris.
Session F: St Gertrude’s Chapel – Steve Hawke – Out of Time
2.00pm – 2.45 pm
Session G: St Ildephonsus’ Chapel – Bindy Pritchard – Fabulous Lives
Session H; St Gertrude’s Hall – Stephen Scourfield/Steve Richter – Elsewhere
2.45 Wine tasting and light afternoon tea – St Gertrude’s College
Afterwards the Abbey Press and Museum and Art gallery will be open for visitors.

Lunch options:
New Norcia Hotel – Two course hot buffet lunch $40.00p/p, tickets available on the website. Pre booked picnic box (given out at St Gertrude’s) $19.95 p/p – booked through the website If these two options are not suitable for you, the Roadhouse offers sandwiches, sausage rolls, pies, toasties, burgers and chips and the Hotel has a comprehensive bar menu.
Please book these options directly through the venues. Hotel; 96 548 034, Roadhouse; 96 548 020.


St Gertrude’s Entrance Hall
St Gertrude's College, New Norcia, Address
New Norcia, WA 6509 Australia
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