A STAR attraction for the Write Around the Murray festival dinner, Charlie Pickering, has pulled out to meet federal election television commitments.
The September 7 event features the festival’s authors with celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow a guest star at the two-course dinner.
Local author, Honor Auchinleck said she was looking forward to an evening of entertainment and conversation.
“The festival is a wonderful idea because it puts the importance of stories on the agenda,” she said.
“There’s also a great concentration on kids. I haven’t come across a festival like this where kids have been a part of it.”
The Towong writer is the daughter of the late, acclaimed author Elyne Mitchell who wrote the classic children’s series The Silver Brumby.
Growing up in a literary household, Mrs Auchinleck worked as a freelance writer overseas before returning to Towong in 2009.
Her memoir Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers tells the story of one of Australia’s most celebrated literary figures and will be launched during the festival.
“It was great to commemorate someone who had achieved a lot in her lifetime and got children and adults to love stories,” she said.
“I got to know her in a way that I didn’t know her in life.”
Tickets for the dinner at the LibraryMuseum are on sale until Wednesday.
The cost of $75 includes a two-course meal, canapes and wine.