Robyn Sykes

This multi-award-winning poet, writer and livewire entertainer has incubated crocodile eggs, lived in Japan, edited a newspaper, focused an electron microscope, worked on a farm and, with her husband, raised four sons.

Poets Breakfast

Grab your coffee and settle in to enjoy daily featured poets and walk- ups. First-time poets are especially encouraged. Get your name down early and polish your poems for a chance to win the prize for Walk Up of the Year – a season ticket to next year’s festival.

Sat, Dec 28 8:00AM Bluestown
Sun, Dec 29 8:00AM Bluestown
Mon, Dec 30 8:00AM Bluestown

Cryptic Crosswords and Your Writing

Discover the world of cryptic crosswords and how they add zing to your poetry or prose. Please bring pen and paper (or digital equivalent) and an open mind.

Sun, Dec 29 10:30AM Small Hall

Perfecting Your Poetry Performance

Learn how to capture and keep an audience with words.

Mon, Dec 30 10:30AM Small Hall

The First of the First Poets Breakfast

Celebrate the mighty potential of a shiny new year by sharing firsts of all kinds. Hear a last first thought for the festival from featured poets, and join us for the big announcement of Walk Up of the Year.

Wed, Jan 01 8:00AM Bluestown