Impressive lineup for Words at Wagstaffe

Jane Caro

Words at Wagstaffe, a one-day literary event held in partnership between Words on the Waves Writers Festival and The Bouddi Society, will return to Wagstaffe Hall on Saturday, March 26.

Grace Karskens

In 2021, this one-day event featured writers such as Judy Nunn, Meg Keneally, Vicki Hastrich and Andrew Kwong.

With conversations ranging over memoir, history, and historical fiction, it completely sold out within 48 hours.

In 2022, it will include four unmissable conversations.

Dianne O’Brien, author of heartbreaking memoir Daughter of the River Country and Stolen Generations survivor, will be interviewed by publisher Benny Agius.

Garry Linnell, experienced journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, wll treat attendees to the true story of Australia’s Jack the Ripper connection with crime novelist Suzanne Leal.

Jane Caro, lauded social commentator and Walkely Award-winning journalist, will discuss her foray into thriller fiction with local Anna Downes, bestselling author of The Shadow House.

Auntie Di

Grace Karskens, winner of the PM’s Literary Award for Australian History and author of People of the River will be interviewed by University of Newcastle scholar Dr John Maynard.

In commenting on the upcoming event, Bouddi Society Vice President Peter Park noted, “Words on the Waves brings to the Bouddi Peninsula the rich and varied tapestry of the writing art complementing the incredible breadth and depth of multi-genre artistic talent in our area.

“We in the Bouddi Society deeply value our literary partnership with Words on the Waves and are thrilled to again facilitate and support its presentation at Wagstaffe Hall in 2022.”

Garry Linnell

Words on the Waves Festival Director Angela Bennetts says, “We are thrilled to once again be bringing writers and thinkers of this calibre to the Wagstaffe and broader Central Coast community, and we value our ongoing partnership with The Bouddi Society and the important work they do.” Words at Wagstaffe will take place on Saturday March 26, from 10am – 5pm at Wagstaffe Hall Cnr Mulhall Street and Wagstaffe Avenue.

Tickets are $89 + a booking fee for the full day, and will be available from January 21 along with the full program via

Due to the evolving COVID situation, as a cautionary and responsible approach tickets will be restricted to 1:2sq metre capacity but this may be reviewed closer to the event. Masks and QR check-ins mandatory.

Media release, Jan 10
Words on the Waves