Scone Literary Festival to New Level

Scone honours Patrick White: Australia’s only Nobel Laureate for Literature

Award winning Melbourne-based author, Christos Tsiolkas will present the Patrick White Oration, a new event for the Scone Literary Festival.

Patrick White ~ first Australian awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature – 1973.

Tsiolkas is the author of six novels including The Slap, which won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal and the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards for Books of the Year. His other novels include Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, and Barracuda, which was made into an ABC TV drama.

The Patrick White Oration, which doubles as the launch of the 2020 Festival Program, draws on Scone’s strong literary past which includes links to Australia’s only Nobel Laureate for Literature, Patrick White of the famed White family from Belltrees in the Upper Hunter Valley. The Nobel Laureate spent a number of years at the historic Belltrees after his schooling in England.

SLF President, Janie Jordan, said that the Festival’s new strategy to boost Scone’s literary heritage would see more focussed events.

We have strong links to not only Patrick White, but Mark Twain, Donald Horne and Judith Wright.”

Not only is Christos Tsiolkas an acclaimed writer with many awards to his name, he has written about Patrick White.”

It’s a huge coup for Scone to have an author of Tsiolkas’s calibre and we’re thrilled to have him in conversation with our Patron, Phillip Adams after he delivers the Oration.

Tsiolkas is expected to address contemporary Australian issues in the Oration.

The Oration, which also doubles as the launch for the three-day, March Literary Festival, is being held on November 16 at a cocktail style event with local food, local wines and entertainment at the historic Scone Arts and Crafts Hall from 5.30-8.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now for the Patrick White Oration at TryBooking and through the SLF’s  website – – or in person at Hunt a Book bookshop in Scone and Scone Visitors Centre.

Seats are limited so literary lovers and anyone wanting to support the growth of the local festival should act fast.