This year, on 14th and 15th May, the Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival is including Ethel Turner’s home ‘Woodlands’ in its event. You can visit this wonderful and very literary property, see where Ethel Turner wrote Seven Little Australians and have a fun day out. Entry is free, but tickets are essential. Book here.
Woodlands, a private residence, is usually closed off from public viewing, but for 2 full days over the weekend it will be open to visitors. There will be literary speakers (including me on Sunday 15th) and historians who will share their discourse on the legacy of Ethel Turner and her contribution to early Australian literature. Go back into the past to the 1890s!
A fun-filled day for the whole family to:
1) Visit the place where Ethel lived and worked on her books. Go back in time as the home is now restored as a time-capsule to the pre-Federation and Federation eras.
2) Listen to literary and historical experts discuss Ethel’s contribution to Australian literature.
3) Enjoy the lush garden which charts Ethel’s life from being British-born to becoming a fully-fledged Australian.
4) Enjoy the wall art by artists from Ethel’s time who weren’t recognised in their own day.
5) Musical performances, painting and story-telling competitions will be interspersed throughout the day.
This weekend also marks the first anniversary of the brand new literary group, the Friends of Ethel Turner. If you are interested in helping to preserve Australia’s literary history, do consider taking an interest. You can read more on my Woodlands and Ethel Turner page.