2016 - "Food for Thought"
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It’s nearly August and that, in Newstead means a celebration of words in and around this town – Words in Winter. This is everything and anything to do with words, displayed with great enthusiasm and this year, for the first time, featuring a series of events at the Arts Hub. Keep an eye on this page to see what's happening there.
The headline act is a Gilbert & Sullivan Singalong Concert at the Mechanics - 2pm on Sunday 14th August. Buy your tickets online at http://gssingalong.com/ or else go to the RTC, IGA or Milk Bar and pay cash. The Dunolly Gilbert and Sullivan Society have rehearsed your favourites and will dish out song sheets so that you can let rip.
An essential ingredient of WiW is the annual Newstead Colloquium at Dig Café where Nick Hudson and David Stratton lead an erudite examination of language and its changing nature. First it was ‘Washing Up’ then it was ‘Beds’, then ‘Tea’ , then ‘Pickles’ and now we are getting wrapped up in clothing. What are the words in the fashion world? 19 August, 3pm, Dig. Followed immediately by the launch of Kevin Moylan's book - One Flew over the Kookaburra's Nest - an inside account of skullduggery in the Tasmanian mental health system.
Returning to Newstead this year is the wonderful and much celebrated word wrangler, Kate Burridge pondering how our language would have been different if Harold had won the day at the Battle of Hastings. Saturday 13 August, 2pm, Welshmans Reef Winery
Volcanoes too are a returning theme. This year Volcano Dreaming will interweave the Dja Dja Wurrung stories with the seismology. Julie Mchale and Gary Gibson will weave. Sunday August 7, 2pm, Welshmans Reef Winery
New to Words in Winter, but not entirely new to Newstead, is the illustrious Dr Emily Hudson. In Copywrong she explores what lies behind copyright. Amusing, erudite and delightful. Saturday 6 August, 2pm, Welshmans Reef Winery
Last, but not least, another Doctor - Dr Lynne Kelly presents The Memory Code. Her book (copies for sale) describes how ancient stone circles, Stonehenge the best known, may have been memory devices for the vast pools of pre-literate knowledge. Saturday 27 August, 2pm, Welshmans Reef Winery
And who too, can resist a quiz? On the first Saturday of the month (RTC 6 August, 10am sharp), Newsteadians will gather as always, for the Clever Town Challenge. Be there to be part of the winning team. For people who love quizzes and a bit of organised mayhem!
Gold coin donation or $5 entry to most events.
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