Words at Wagstaffe 2022 full program and tickets released

After a hugely successful 2021 debut, Words at Wagstaffe returns with an all-star line-up for 2022

Words at Wagstaffe, a one-day literary event held in partnership between Words on the Waves Writers Festival and The Bouddi Society, will return to Wagstaffe Hall on Saturday 26 March 2022.

In 2021, this one-day event featured writers such as Judy Nunn, Meg Keneally, Vicki Hastrich and Andrew Kwong. With conversations ranging over memoir, history, and historical fiction, it completely sold out within 48 hours.

In 2022, we will be joined for four unmissable conversations with the following speakers:

DIANNE O’BRIEN, author of heartbreaking memoir Daughter of the River Country and Stolen Generations survivor, will be interviewed by publisher BENNY AGIUS

GARRY LINNELL, experienced journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, treats us to the true story of Australia’s Jack the Ripper connection with crime novelist SUZANNE LEAL

JANE CARO, lauded social commentator and Walkely Award-winning journalist, will discuss her foray into thriller fiction with local ANNA DOWNES, bestselling author of The Shadow House

GRACE KARSKENS, winner of the PM’s Literary Award for Australian History and author of People of the River will be interviewed by University of Newcastle scholar EMERITUS PROFESSOR JOHN MAYNARD

In commenting on the upcoming event, Bouddi Society Vice President Peter Park noted, “Words on the Waves brings to the Bouddi Peninsula the rich and varied tapestry of the writing art complementing the incredible breadth and depth of multi-genre artistic talent in our area.  We in the Bouddi Society deeply value our literary partnership with Words on the Waves and are thrilled to again facilitate and support its presentation at Wagstaffe Hall in 2022.”

Words on the Waves Festival Director Angela Bennetts says, “We are thrilled to once again be bringing writers and thinkers of this calibre to the Wagstaffe and broader Central Coast community, and we value our ongoing partnership with The Bouddi Society and the important work they do.”

Words at Wagstaffe

A one-day literary event held as a partnership between The Bouddi Society and Words on the Waves Writers Festival
When: Saturday March 26, 2022
10am – 5pm
Where: Wagstaffe Hall
Cnr Mulhall Street and Wagstaffe Avenue
Wagstaffe NSW 2257

Tickets are $89 + booking fee for the full day, and will be available from January 21 along with the full program via www.wordsonthewaves.com.au 


Due to the evolving COVID situation, as a cautionary and responsible approach tickets will be restricted to 1:2sq metre capacity but this may be reviewed closer to the event

Words on the Waves Writers Festival will follow all applicable NSW Health COVID Safe guidelines at the time of release, and will continue to closely monitor these guidelines and act accordingly as we approach the event date.

Social distancing encouraged. Masks mandatory. QR check-ins mandatory.

Please stay home if you are unwell, if you have tested positive for COVID-19., or if you have been identified as a close contact and self isolating.

Words on the Waves Writers Festival reserves the right to make any changes to any aspect of any event without notice, including with regards to our COVID Safe processes listed above. We thank you for your understanding as we attempt to ensure safety for all involved in a constantly evolving situation.

About The Bouddi Society

The Bouddi Society is a community group which organises public events and publications aimed at displaying and fostering the artistic, historical and cultural life of the local community. It administers the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts which is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young artists on the Central Coast of NSW.

About Words on the Waves Writers Festival

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas set on the scenic Central Coast, NSW, Australia. It launched to acclaim June 11 – 14, 2021, and is now looking forward to its second outing June 3 – 6, 2022.

The festival spans two full days of riveting author talks and panels. In addition it offers special events including an evening conversation event, a literary cruise, family fun day, cinema screening and more. The full 2022 program will be released in early April, along with the opportunity to purchase a day or weekend pass to the festival.

Words on the Waves also seeks to foster literacy and creativity on the Central Coast for the next generation of writers and readers with its Primary and Secondary Schools Program. Please contact us for more information.

Words on the Waves Writers Festival
When: Friday June 3 – Monday June 6, 2021
Where: Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club

176 The Esplanade
Umina Beach NSW 2257


Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club
509 Ocean Beach Rd
Umina Beach NSW 2257

As well as select venues around the Peninsula area of the Central Coast, NSW

More information: http://wordsonthewaves.com.au/ 

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