Literary Cruise

Monday 6 June 2022 10:00am – 12:00pm
Patonga Wharf, Patonga Dr, Patonga.

Literary Cruise $35 – $50 + booking fee

Words on the Water
A Literary Cruise

As with 2021, to round out the 2022 festival, we will be putting words and ideas afloat in a memorable literary cruise up the Hawkesbury River. We will be joined by cruise host and historian, Ian Hoskins, alongside lauded local poet Robert Adamson, and literary wordsmith Delia Falconer

10am – 12pm

Monday Cruise - 2022

Words on the Water Literary Cruise
Patonga Wharf

Ian Hoskins, Robert Adamson, Delia Falconer. 

$35 (outside seating – this option is SOLD OUT) – $50 (inside seating LIMITED AVAILABLE) + booking fee

With a coffee in hand, alight The Sorrento and let a glide upon the Hawkesbury River weave its magic. Ian Hoskins is a historian and curator, and having penned the stunning tome Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia is perfectly placed to host us on this journey. We are also joined by lauded local poet Robert Adamson, whose remarkable work over the decades is anchored in this vast waterway, and Delia Falconer, whose luminous literary writing often turns its gaze to nature and water.

The cruise will leave at 10am sharp from Patonga Wharf and will head up the Hawkesbury River before returning to Patonga Wharf at 12pm.

Please note: outside seating does not guarantee view of the speakers, however there will be audio coverage.

Monday 6 June
10:00am – 12:00pm
Patonga Wharf, Patonga Dr, Patonga

$35 – $50 + booking fee


Ian Hoskins

Ian Hoskins

Ian Hoskins has worked as an academic historian, a curator and a professional historian in Sydney for more than 30 years.

His books on Sydney Harbour (2009), the New South Wales coast (2013), Australia’s rivers (2019) and Australia and the Pacific (2021) have taken him to fascinating places and have produced books to inform and captivate his audiences.

Australia and the Pacific: A History is Ian’s most recent work.

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson is one of Australia’s leading poets, and is a successful writer, editor and publisher. His books have been published in the UK and the USA and his poems have been translated into several languages. He has published fifteen volumes of poetry and has organised and produced poetry readings, delivered papers, lectures and readings at literary festivals throughout Australia and internationally.

Reaching Light selects from five decades of Robert’s work.

Delia Falconer

Delia Falconer

Delia Falconer is the author of the novels The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Sydney, a personal history of her hometown.

Her writing has been widely anthologised and shortlisted for prizes across the fields of fiction, non-fiction, history, and biography. Her fourth book, Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss was published in 2021.

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