News from YVWF:

We are not cancelling the Festival – we’re simply changing the way we share the stories. YVWF are celebrating authors and their incredible stories in a full day of live streamed talks, conversations and performances May 9 2020.

Due to COVID-19 playing havoc with our lives, this festival in its inaugural year will be presented digitally. Our community need to lead the way with physical distancing, not social distancing.

Book-lovers are invited to tune in from their homes and experience keynote speeches, performances and beautiful (at times hard) conversations from some of the brightest minds in Australian literature.

Programmed by playwright Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorento, Inheritance) the Festival presents contemporary authors but in a new, digital format.

Writers and presenters featured in the livestream include Tony Birch (The White Girl)Chris Flynn (Mammoth), Eliza Henry-Jones (How to Grow a Family Tree), Robert Gott (The Holiday  Murders), Vicki Hastrich (Night Fishing)Elizabeth McCarthyMeg Mundell (The Trespassers), Ailsa Piper (The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship)Hannie Rayson, Angela Savage (Mother of Pearl), Jock Serong (Preservation), Michael Veitch (Hell Ship, Turning Point), Donna Ward (She I Dare Not Name), David Williamson (Don’s Party), Charlotte Wood (The Weekend) and more to be announced.

This first for the Yarra Valley, live streaming an entire day of creative activity, is being made possible by our partnership with Yarra Ranges Council.

There will be a small charge to view the day, which will enable the Festival to pay the authors, technicians and performers.

Current ticket holders will be contacted by Yarra Ranges Council to refund their purchases. Online viewing tickets will go on sale in early April.

For the revised program (ready by early April) visit