2021 Virtual Literary Festival

In Conversation With…

In Conversation with Alice Robinson
In Conversation with Matt Dunn
In Conversation with Sandi Wallace
In Conversation with Scot Gardner
In Conversation with Michael Hyde, Part 1
In Conversation with Michael Hyde, Part 2
In Conversation with Michael Hyde, Part 3
Special Announcement
This year’s Coal Creek Literary Festival is presenting to a world-wide audience. Instead of the usual one-day festival in October, which has been run at Coal Creek for the past 12 years, this year’s event will be showcased online.

Similar to our 2020 Monthly Author in Focus, and with the support of Coal Creek and South Gippsland Shire, we will be bringing you our Coal Creek Literary Festival 2021 – ‘In Conversation With…’, uploaded to the Coal Creek website, YouTube and Facebook for the public to view and enjoy for the year. The festival committee felt that this decision would bypass any uncertainty re COVID-19, where a lockdown was possible at any time. 

The short story and poetry writing competitions were run in 2021, with entries closing on Friday October 1 . 

The Literary Festival Committee

The 2021 Coal Creek Literary Festival Writing Competitions, comprising the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Short Story Prize and the Open Poetry Prize, have now been judged. Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to all of our entrants for your wonderfully creative and often moving stories and poems – you made the judges’ job really difficult!


Winner: Short Story

‘Can I Come With You?’ – Terri Seddon

Highly Commended:

‘The Cull’ – David Campbell

‘Hawk’ – Vicki Daddo

Winner: Poetry

‘Arctotheca Calendula’ – Agi Dobson

Highly Commended:

‘Dressing Up’ – Colin Campbell

‘Sea Storm’ – Bruce G. Anderson