A wonderful writer’s festival is happening right on Shizuka’s doorstep next month. Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held across Daylesford, Trentham, Clunes and Maryborough. This year marks the fifteenth year of Words in Winter with a theme of Origins. Daylesford guests include award-winning author Don Watson, investigative reporter Louise Milligan, human rights advocate Julian Burnside QC, novelist Arnold Zable, local illustrator and children’s author Michelle Pleasance and singer-storyteller Mara Ripani. Accommodation at Shizuka Ryokan during the festival is still available but is booking fast.