Orange Readers and Writers Festival tickets on sale

GUEST SPEAKER: Orange's Readers and Writers' Festival will feature Author Sophie Hansen, the creator of a podcast and an e-course designed to give business owners digital skills to promote their brand. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0609jksophie1
GUEST SPEAKER: Orange's Readers and Writers' Festival will feature Author Sophie Hansen, the creator of a podcast and an e-course designed to give business owners digital skills to promote their brand. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0609jksophie1

Food and travel combine to create a delectable theme for next month’s readers and writers’ festival.

To launch the festival, author Sophie Hansen will deliver her guide to navigating the online world of e-newsletters and blogs upstairs at Orange City Council on July 27.

Ms Hansen lives on a deer farm just west of Orange with her husband Tim and two children Alice, 7 and Tom, 5.

With more than 20 years experience as a food writer and editor, Ms Hansen now works as a freelance writer while publishing her popular blog Local Is Lovely.

She said her workshop is designed to give both business people who blog for work or anyone looking to keep track of their travels the tools to get started.

“I hope people can learn the mechanics of how to establish an e-newsletter, how to load photos and ideas for different types of posts,” Ms Hansen said.

“Also ideas on how to start telling their story.”

Running in conjunction with the workshop, food historians Dr Blake Singler, Diana Noyce and Lauren Samuelsson, alongside historian of travel and tourism Richard White, will discuss food and culture in Australia at the Hotel Canobolas.

Following Friday’s festival introduction, a full line up of guest speakers will share their insights on Saturday July 28.

A huge lineup of guests will take their turn onstage at the Hotel Canobolas, including Sydney’s The Monday Morning Cooking Club.

The four friends, Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Chalmers, Natanya Eskin and Jacqui Israel will share their secrets to publishing three best-selling cookbooks.

Food and nutrition writer, Louise Keats – author of five cookbooks, including My Grandma’s Kitchen and The Best Ever Birthday will also guest speak.

Running all day at the hotel, the main event of Orange Readers and Writers’ Festival will see the winners of the Banjo Paterson Awards announced, as well as some non food-focused speakers.

A beauty journalist for 20 years, Katrina Lawrence has made a career musing on makeup for magazines.

Having travelled to Paris more times than she can remember, the Bondi local will share her secrets to recording time abroad.

Tickets through eventbrite.

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