Third Port Fairy Winter Weekends to focus on written word

Television presenter and journalist Samantha Lane will headline the latest installment of Winter Weekends speaking about women’s and girls football.

Ms Lane will join passionate local women’s footy coach and ambassador Alicia Drew for a conversation on the rise of women’s football, the nuances in the game and the successful formation of the national women’s league on Sunday.  

It comes after the release of Ms Lane’s new book Roar which tells the stories of strength, skills and determination of some of the AFL women’s league’s most exciting stars. The free session is on at Port Fairy’s Charlie’s on East from 4pm to 6pm. 

Girl power: Journalist Samantha Lane will be in Port Fairy on Sunday to talk about her book Roar and the strength and skills of some of the AFL women’s league’s exciting stars.

Girl power: Journalist Samantha Lane will be in Port Fairy on Sunday to talk about her book Roar and the strength and skills of some of the AFL women’s league’s exciting stars.

The third instalment of the popular festival focuses on the written word, giving participants the chance to meet authors, shape ideas and put pen to paper. It begins with a creative writing workshop on Saturday from 9am to 12pm where participants can learn how to improve your writing techniques by looking at key aspects of what makes a good story great. The workshop is hosted by Port Fairy Community House and Blarney Books and Art and will be held at the community house. Cost is $35.

Warm up at the Tales of Fae and folklore by the campfire on Saturday where long-ago tales will sweep participants into a world of witches and curses, warrior girls and clever boys who battle odds and win. The all-ages event at Wishart Gallery runs from 5pm to 6.30pm. Entry by gold coin donation.

A series of local authors will share their own stories in Bad Diaries Salon of their early terrible works. They will read for 10 minutes each to the theme of ‘deleted’. They will share their own cringe-worthy diaries, terrible novel drafts, teenage angst poetry, horrendous short stories or other juvenilia. It’s on on Saturday at Blarney Books and Art from 7pm-9pm. Entry is $15.

In The Arts Apothecary Book Signing and talk by writer, presenter and author Jill Rivers shares her views on the power of creative experiences and whether creative experiences, such as painting, dance and sculpture, are the magic potions that make our lives worthwhile 

She will share case studies from her book The Arts Apothecary: A Vital Prescription for health, happiness and wellbeing on Sunday at Wishart Gallery from 12pm to 2pm. Entry is free.

Literary enthusiasts can pick up pointers for spoken word and poetry creation on Sunday at a poetry and spoken word workshop. Participants can listen and learn from experienced performers and practice performing with the group. It’s on from 10am to 12pm and cost is $25.

For more information or to book go to portfairywinterweekends.com.au/literary

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