Olga Masters Festival: Windsong highlights

Hosting the Olga Masters event in Four Winds is John Cursley, with David Hewitt and members of The Jazz Pack on stage.
Hosting the Olga Masters event in Four Winds is John Cursley, with David Hewitt and members of The Jazz Pack on stage.

As part of the Olga Masters Festival held over the weekend, a day of events was held at Four Winds’ Windsong Pavilion. 

Taking place on Sunday, it sold out before opening with around 150 people attending including around 40 members of Olga Masters’ family. 

Dan Scollay read transcripts taken from interviews with Olga, and later read A Clay Family with Olga’s daughters Deb and Sue. 

Music was provided by The Jazz Pack and David Hewitt, and Hetty Kate and her band performed later in the afternoon.

There were two panel sessions; the first with Kate Veitch and Deb and Sue Masters who discussed Olga, women and feminism, and a second panel with Geordie Williamson, Craig Munro and Mary Williams discussed Olga’s place in literature. 

Four Winds festival producer Liena Lacey said it had been a “pretty amazing” day. 

“It was quite moving actually, the Masters sisters even got a bit teary,” she said. 

“Chris [Masters] is the main one I have been talking to, and he came up to me afterwards and said thank you, thank you, thank you.

The idea for the festival was born from members of Well Thumbed Books in Cobargo, including Louise Brown and Heather O’Connor, who then contact Chris Masters to see if his family would agree to a festival celebrating the life of his mother, and once he agreed he organised his family to attend.  

After speaking to Olga’s family, Ms Brown said they had enjoyed the whole occasion. 

“Aside from honouring their mother, they’ve used it as a family get together,” she said.