On Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, Readers + Writers@Clay Gulgong will open the doors of The Prince of Wales Opera House to welcome a broad audience of book lovers from Gulgong, Mudgee and the neighboring areas. Writers and interviewers include journalist Jamelle Wells on outback courtrooms, crime fiction writers Michael Duffy and Rhys Gard, as well as journalist and writer Susan Wyndham and Mudgee-based writer Summer Land.
The Book Nest bookshop from Mudgee will also be on the spot at the Prince of Wales Opera House to bring you books by the speakers and other books you might enjoy as well.

Friday 19th April – 8.00 pm
Keith Brymer Jones in conversation with Susan Wyndham
Fans of the Great Pottery Throwdown need no introduction to Keith Brymer Jones. In this conversation with Susan Wyndham about his book Boy in a China Shop you will find out more about the man moved to tears on the show as he tells his story. If you haven’t yet had experienced Throwdown, start here!

Saturday 20th April – 9.30 am
Susan Wyndham in conversation with Catherine du Peloux Menagé
Noted Australian writers Shirley Hazzard and Elizabeth Harrower led contrasting lives. While Shirley lived all over the world, Elizabeth stayed in Sydney after spending some years in London. They corresponded for over forty years. Hazzard and Harrower: The Letters, an edited collection of their correspondence gives us insights into their lives, their times and their complex relationship.

Saturday 20th April – 11.30 am
Summer Land in conversation with Michael Duffy
Listeners to the hit podcast Who the Hell is Hamish? know some of the story of Tracy Hall who discovered that ‘Max’, the man she dated for two years, was an infamous scammer who vanished with her life savings. The Last Victim writtten by Tracy with Summer Land tells the full story.

Saturday 20th April – 1.00 pm
Jamelle Wells in conversation with Rhys Gard
Jamelle Wells is one of Australia’s most experienced court reporters and in her book The Outback Court Reporter. She looks at what happens in country courtrooms across Australia in a sometimes funny, sometimes tragic but always entertaining account of the operations of courts outside big cities.

Saturday 20th April – 3.45 pm
Regional Crime: Rhys Gard and Michael Duffy in conversation with Catherine du Peloux Menagé
Move over rural noir – this is regional crime fiction set in places their authors know and love which give them a real authenticity. Discover a different side of Mudgee and the Blue Mountains with Mudgee-based crime writer and chef Rhys Gard (Four Dogs Missing) and multi-talented writer Michael Duffy whose Bella Greaves series of crime novels is set in the Blue Mountains.

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