“We just wanted to pass on our congratulations to you and your committee on such a great event. We enjoyed being a venue for Michael Keenan and had good support from both locals and visitors. I was impressed with the number of males who really enjoyed the morning. Mike was a particularly suitable author for Dalgety I thought. We would love to host an author again next year. Perhaps more than one. If we can assist in some way towards next event please let me know. Again, congratulations.”
— Julie & Ross Pearson, Iona Gardens, Dalgety
“I am writing to congratulate you on such an excellent festival. It was so warm and friendly, and worked very well. I’ve done my time with literary festivals, and know what a lot of hard work they are, so I appreciate the job you did. And I met some very nice people which was a great pleasure. Coming home, driving through the sunlit plains, with the shimmering gold lines of poplar trees, it seemed we were in a magic landscape, very fitting.”
— Marion Halligan, Author
“I’d just like to thank you for the opportunity to be part of the first Jindabyne Readers and Writers Festival. Sue and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You and your committee organised and hosted a quite memorable event. Special thanks to you for being able to get us into the Saturday night dinner. It was a terrific occasion. The end result was a credit to you all.”
— Peter Rees, Author
“Thank you so much for including me in such a wonderful festival. It was a very special event and you must all be very proud of yourselves for organising it.”
— Rosamund Burton, Author
“Thank-you very much for allowing me to participate in your inaugural Writers’ Festival. Although apprehensive at first I was delighted by the genuinely friendly response the reading was given and by the willingness of all to contribute. It was a delight to be able to bring people’s attention the poem by Douglas Stewart “Farewell to Jindabyne” and even more to have in the group someone who was a daughter of one of the people mentioned in the poem. She was tickled pink to hear it!! Maybe this poem could be taken up by Jindabyne and displayed – in the park by the water?
An outdoor venue is always tricky – we were lucky in that the weather held. The café setting worked – I gather there were people craning to hear what was being recited/said! The size of the group was excellent – it allowed for intimacy & sharing.
I was bowled over by the accommodation – it was rather swish for a cocky from the Tablelands! Thank-you for that.
Should you sell any of my books I insist that the proceeds be directed back to the festival. If you find that they are unsaleable then don’t hesitate to contact me and we’ll work out how to manage them at that point. Saying that I wish it strong wings and fair winds for the future. With the amount of effort you have put into it thus far it should fire ahead.
Congratulations & thank-you.”
— Russell Erwin, Poet