Literary Festival


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The Literary Festival Committee

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island” ~ Walt Disney

We may not be celebrating as we have in previous years, and we may not be gathering either, but that does not mean Coal Creek Literary Festival has disappeared. We are very much here, and will return in 2021. For the remainder of this year, we hope you will join us as we take you on a literary trip down memory lane with our monthly ‘author in focus’…

Sandi Wallace first spoke at the Coal Creek Literary Festival in 2015 and again last year. A life-long crime-fiction addict and the author of rural crime thrillers and short stories, her debut novel “Tell Me Why” won the Davitt Award Readers’ Choice and was shortlisted for the Davitt Award Best Debut. She is the recipient of a host of prizes for her short crime fiction, including several Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Along with the re-release of her previous books (with new covers), we are excited to announce Sandi’s latest rural crime thriller “Black Cloud” – the fourth book in the Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series. Aussie noir at its best, Sandi’s narratives tap into our psyche and engage the senses – a bona fide reflection of the plight families and individuals face…

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Winner: Short Story

‘The Visitor’ – Nicole Michelle

Highly Commended:

‘Homecoming’ – Gillian Clarke

‘Tears of Love’ – Gerry Cecere

Winner: Poetry

‘This is Keeling (Pulmonary Edema) – Scott Patrick Mitchell

Highly Commended:

‘We Know’ – Lynda Lewis

‘A Girl, Dressed in Midnight’ – Maddalena Grimmond


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