The Camden Haven has been home to three eminent Australian writers, Henry Kendall in the 1870s, Kylie Tennant in the 1940s and Eric Rolls from 1994 until 2007. Eric Rolls continues to be the inspiration for Watermark. He is Perpetual Patron.
The first Muster was held as the Watermark International Nature Writers' Muster in October 2003 in the Camden Haven area (part of the Greater Port Macquarie region) on the NSW Mid North Coast. With the incorporation of the Watermark Literary Society, which is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), the Nature Writers' Muster was renamed as the Watermark Literary Muster. Muster 2005, Muster 2007, Muster 2009 and Muster 2011 built on the successful format of Muster 2003, bringing together writers and readers with an interest in the literature of nature and place, and maintaining the intimacy and excitement that are stand-out features of all our Musters.
The Watermark Muster is a unique event that welcomes different perspectives but does not provide a forum for advocacy of environmental or other policies.
Alternate Year Program
The Eric Rolls Lecture
Held in association with the National Library of Australia.
2014 date & lecturer TBA
The Watermark Fellowship
A biennial Watermark Literary Fellowship for an emerging Australian writer of natural history, nature and place that has been offered since 2004.
A Biennial prize for prose fiction or nonfiction in the genre of nature writing.
April 1923 - October 2007