Apollo Bay Writers Festival and Warm Winter Words 2017


This year's festival, "Use Your Words", has a Social Justice theme and will feature cartoonist Michael Leunig, feminist writer Clementine Ford, Islamic feminist Dr Susan Carland, the refugee arts collective Ondru, and representatives from the homeless / rooming house publication Roomers among others.

 Spanning over 2 nights and 2 days, the Apollo Bay Writers Festival (ABWF) will include:

  • Warm Winter Words,
  • a keynote address from Clementine Ford,
  • an In Conversation session with Leunig,
  • a Q&A panel,
  • locals debate,
  • readings and text discussions in businesses and private homes,
  • and a workshop programme.

For the first time in 2017 the festival will be sponsoring a writing competition with the intention of producing a publication featuring local authors. The festival will host its large events out of the Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute with businesses and community venues providing smaller venues for more intimate performance     
In 2017 the ABWF aims to consolidate the reputation built by Warm Winter Words for providing high quality and diverse speakers and build a strong audience in support of a sustainable festival for coming years. Our 2017 programme coincides with the new WinterWild festival drawing a larger and more diverse audience and contributing to a strong calendar of winter cultural events for Apollo Bay. The ABWF will be delivering programming across the third weekend of WinterWild Apollo Bay - Air.


  • Saturday, 29 July 2017 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 30 July 2017 | 09:00 PM


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