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Past Events

2022 Writing Competition Awards Night


Writers of all ages from across Murrindindi Shire celebrated and 
listened to each other’s stories and poems at MiRA, on Saturday, 
January 28, 2023, the occasion of the Marysville BookNest fifth birthday 
– celebrating by hosting the awards for our first Writing Competition.   

Award winners included writers from Yea, Kinglake, Koriella, Marysville, Alexandra and Buxton.  
More than 60 people, writers, their families and supporters, and people interested in  local writing and reading attended and enjoyed the gathering. 

Ms Josephine Scicluna, a published writer and  poet, shared her 
reflections on judging the Open Age Short Story and Poetry categories.  She affirmed the excellent writing skills and talent of the writers who submitted, as well as the extraordinary breadth of stories that thewriters were exploring.  She encouraged people to keep writing to strengthen their voice as writers, and to keep writing the stories that matter to them.

One of the writers from the Open Age Short story category, sent us the following message, ‘It was a great night. Thanks to all the BookNesters for putting it on. I loved hearing the little kids read their stories.’

BookNesters would like to thank all the writers, aged from 7 to 80, 
who courageously entered their stories. We gratefully recognise 
the people of the Marysville and Buxton primary schools, Alexandra High School, Murrindindi Library, The Triangle News, the Alexandra Standard and MiRA, who all informed and encouraged local writers.

A list of all prizes and special mentions, with links to the prize-winning entries is here.

A longer account of the event is on our blog here.

Booknest events:

The awards event for the 2023 writing competition is scheduled for the Cup Day "long weekend".

Marysville local writers, reading from and talking about their books.

Watch here for future events in this series

On hold during pandemic.

While covid-19 pandemic continues, the BookNest shop will only be opening on fine days when we can have most of our display outside.

Access to the inside may be restricted to one person (or family group) at a time.

Launch of Community Browsing Library of Art Books.

October  31, 2021 as part of ArtFest.


April 10, 2021

Anne Richey talked about her

historical novel: The other side of the World, in the first of the 2021 Autumn Local Writers events.

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30 April at MIRA

A Different Kind of Seeing. by Marie Younan with Jill Sanguinetti.

Jill Sanguinetti is a local writer. Jill and Marie shared their stories of writing  this extraordinary memoir.

It chronicles one woman's struggle to live a fulfilling life, despite her blindness and lack of education.




Over 2019, BookNest ran five writing workshops  led by Arnold Zable, Cate Kennedy, Emilie Zoey Baker, Lee Kofman, and Elizabeth Fensham. Details on the News page.

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