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Monday, 24 October 2016 00:00

Read up! Scone Literary Long Weekend

The Scone Literary Long Weekend will be held on the first weekend in November, starting Friday 4th and running through to Sunday 6th at the Scone Arts and Crafts Hall.

Coined by local broadcaster and writer Phillip Adams, "Maintain the Page" is the motto for this rural writers and readers get together, emphasising the value and importance of books or reading in general.

Despite the emergence of new technologies, such as ebooks and ebook readers, the printed word remains treasured, whether it is a children's picture book, a coffee table non-fictions book, a novel or a collection of poetry.

Author Graeme Simsion featured at the Literary Long Weekend last year discussing his latest work Rosie Project. The movie of the book is coming out soon. A host of other writers, talkers, wits and raconteurs kept the discussion flowing.

A superb collection of authors will again be on hand at this year to discuss their latest works including Gold Walkley Award winner Ross Coulthart, social researcher and the author Hugh Mackay, ABC Radio National program host Phillip Adams, Australian novelist and screenwriter Courtney Collins, International Rubery Award winner Jo Riccioni, author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath Cate Kennedy and loads more! Visit for the complete lineup.

The weekend is a celebration of the printed word, brought about by the support of sponsors and the hard work of local volunteers. There will be a children's workshop on the Friday with Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonegran, stories recounted by local and visiting advocates and authors, orations and insights, panel discussions, long lunches, lazy Sunday book club and evening soirees.

Local book shop Hunt a Book stocks all the books from the authors win the window the week of the festival.

Only in its infancy, the Scone Literary Long weekend has already established itself as a sophisticated date on the Aussie literary calendar well worth a chapter in any book lover's diary.

Come on up to Scone and immerse yourself in "the word" - whether it be acoustic, printed or digitally enhanced.

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Organisers of the inaugural Scone Literary Long weekend say the event was such a success, they are in no doubt it will be held again next year.

Hundreds attended a range of events across the weekend, including a debate on the Future of the Printed Word and a historic walk in the footsteps of Mark Twain, who visited Scone in 1893.

Chair of the Literary Long Weekend, Anne Davies says she was blown away by the turn out.

"During the event, people kept talking about what a great community we are," she said.

"That seemed to be the word coming through, that we are all gathering to hear these authors talk and what a sense of belonging we had in the district.

"(It) was really inspiring and promising to hear, so we're on again next year for sure."

Ms Davies says she was only expecting small numbers, and was shocked to see every venue was packed with people.

"The debate at the library, the Future of the Printed Word, was just sensational.

"We had some really good ideas coming out of that, and again there was standing room only.

"All the events in town were packed to capacity we really couldn't fit any more in.

"We had the Belmore Hotel, totally full standing room only, great great numbers turning up on a long weekend."

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