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Writers Bloc is hitting the road! We're going to visit the Southern Highland Writers' Festival in Bowral, and we'd love for you to join us to photograph, blog and review the festival - or you could just come along for the ride and soak up the inspiration. 

The festival program is chock-a-block with lots of wonderful things to do over the weekend. Some of the highlights include inconversations with Don Watson and David Marr, launches of various books set in the Southern Highlands, and an event featuring Stella Prize-winning (and Bloc friend) Emily Bitto! It's a good mixture of things for the reader and the writer, and offers a good balance of free and paid events. 

We have two festival passes and, depending on how many people come with us, can negotiate a system of sharing. So let us know which events you'd really love to cover, and in what way, and we can work something out. 

We'll be setting up a Writers Bloc hub at the Elephant Boy cafe that we can drop in and out of to work, chat and basically hang out between events. There will be an assortment of photographers, writers and bloggers coming to the festival so we'd love for you to join us and help blog, review and photograph the fantastic events.

Sound like fun?


Southern Highlands Writers' Festival

July 10 - 12

Bradman Museum, Bowral

There will be plenty of us travelling solo. However, if you have a literary buddy that might be interested in coming along too, they are more than welcome. The more the merrier!


You can make your own way to the festival, however, we're going to form a convoy at Central Station on Saturday morning and travel by train along the Southern Highlands line.

7.00: Meeting at Devonshire Concourse at Central Station (we'll move to the platform at 7.15, so if you're late you can meet us on platform 23)

7.24: Central Station departure from platform 23 on train to Campbelltown

8.25: Arrive at Campbelltown Station and change trains

8.36: Depart from Campbelltown Station, platform 4

9.45: Arrive in Bowral in time for the first event at 10am

The rest of timetable of events and social engagements will be negotiated as a group. Also, feel free to join us at any stage of this journey - just let us know via the link at the bottom of this page.

Cost: $5.81 for Opal Users, $2.90 for students and concession card holders


Dinner options: 

1. You can buy a ticket to the SHWF Literary Dinner hosted by Geraldine Doogue at the beautiful Eschalot restaurant


2. Join us at the Imperial Hotel at 7pm for dinner and a debrief



Lonely Planet guide to the Southern Highlands

Bed and breakfasts in Bowral

AirBnB Bowral

Tourist Information: Bowral and Southern Highlands

NB: You'll need to sort out your own accommodation. Most people will be staying in town due to easier access events and venues.


Register your interest on Meetup - this is also the best place to ask questions and meet your fellow travellers.


In August we'll also be road-tripping from Melbourne to Bendigo for the Bendigo Writers' Festival - we'll bring you more details about this soon. If you'd like to register your interest early for Bendigo, shoot us an email.

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Geoff Orton

Geoff Orton is the founder of Writers Bloc. He's also a teacher and a Boston Celtics tragic.