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Writers Festival Donates to the Batemans Bay Library

MEDIA RELEASE: October 2014

The inaugural Batemans Bay Writers Festival held on the June long weekend this year was a sell-out, and participants enjoyed a superb line-up of local and interstate authors and presenters. It was a resounding success with Festival- goers attending from the NSW South Coast, Canberra, the Southern Highlands and Sydney. The Festival organising group purchased books by each of the authors who were involved at the Festival and have subsequently donated those books to the Batemans Bay Library.

 ‘Please convey our thanks and appreciation to the members of the Batemans Bay Writers Festival for their recent donation of the books to the Batemans Bay Library’,

said Branch Librarian Jodee Burnett.

The 2014 collection, which will grow each year and also become historically significant, includes Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide; The Youngs: The Brothers who Built AC/DC by Jesse Fink; Happily Ever After ─ Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Susannah Fullerton; and The Wallpapered Manse by local author Peter Freeman.

Festival organisers hold events throughout the year and those authors’ books will also be donated to the Library. At the next event, the Wordy Women Tour Literary Lunch on 31 October at the CoachHouse Marina Resort, guests can enjoy hearing about a sure-fire hit; a captivating drama; and an entertaining story of loss, love and discovery. Kylie Ladd talks about teenage daughters in Mothers and Daughters, Maggie Joel showcases 1800s London in Half the World in Winter and Fiona Higgins reveals all in Wife on the Run.

Jodee Burnett said:

‘We welcome these additions to our collection and these books will be enjoyed by many members in the years to come. We are thrilled that the Festival will continue to donate the authors’ books after Festival events and the Festival each year.’

For more information on events and the June long weekend Festival 2015 go to or phone 0417 267 771. Share the experience.



Fiona Higgins

954FionaHigginsBorn in Melbourne and educated in Sydney, Fiona Higgins has worked in the philanthropic sector over the past 15 years. Fiona’s memoir is Love in the Age of Drought, and her first novel, The Mothers’ Group, was published in 2012 with foreign rights sold in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

Fiona holds tertiary qualifications in the humanities and social sciences, and lives in Bali with her husband and three children.

Wife on the Run by Fiona Higgins is a thrilling, tender and hugely entertaining story of loss, love and discovery.

When social media and a mobile phone expose a high school scandal and a husband’s shameful secrets the only thing left to do is … run. In the remarkable new novel from the bestselling author of The Mothers’ Group a beleaguered wife and mother escapes it all on a family road trip ─ without technology ─ to reclaim her life and rebuild her family. A mother’s greatest fear… A wife’s worst nightmare… What would you do?

Kylie Ladd

68Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. She has previously published three novels: After The Fall, Last Summer, which was Highly Commended in the Christina Stead Award for fiction, and Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading’s ‘50 books you can’t put down’ for 2013.

With Leigh Langtree, she also edited the anthology Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

In her book, Mothers and Daughters, Kylie Ladd has written  a sure-fire hit and has demonstrated that she is a writer ready to explode on to the bestseller lists.

A clear-eyed, insightful and wildly entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and their teenage daughters. Four mothers. Four teenage daughters. An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception. What could possibly go wrong?

Maggie Joel

MaggieJoelMedMaggie Joel has been writing fiction since the mid-1990s and her short stories have been widely published in Southerly, Westerly, Island, Overland and Canberra Arts Review, and broadcast on ABC radio.

Born in England, Maggie worked in London for several years before moving to Australia. Her first novel was The Past and Other Lies and her second novel The Second-Last Woman in England won the Christina Stead Award for fiction. She currently lives in Sydney, where she is working on her next book.

Maggie Joel has written a captivating drama of family secrets and tragedies in her featured book Half the World in Winter. In 1881 in London, everything changes for the wealthy Jarmyn family. The misfortunes on the railway the family had built echoes the shocking death of a nine-year-old. And at the heart of this family, a terrible secret is tearing their lives apart. An intriguing novel of a family adrift in their rapidly changing world.

Wordy Women Tour Literary Lunch


Join popular and talented authors Kylie Ladd (Mothers and Daughters), Maggie Joel (Half the World in Winter) and Fiona Higgins (Wife on the Run) as they talk life, love and books, in this authors talk followed by Q&A and book signings.

Date:          Friday 31 October 2014

Time:         11.30 am for 12 noon start

Venue:       Festival Hub Marquee
CoachHouse Marina Resort
49 Beach Road, Batemans Bay


Cost:          $50

This includes two course meal and a glass of bubbly on arrival


Wordy Women Literary Lunch

In association with Publishers Allen and Unwin

and Hooked on Books ABC Centre


The Batemans Bay Writers and Readers Festival

will be held on the June long weekend 5 to 7 June 2015

at the CoachHouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

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