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The Ada Cambridge Prizes and Official Festival Opening

Join us for the announcement of the prestigious Ada Cambridge Prizes for Biographical Prose and Poetry and the Young Adas Short Story Prize, and the official opening of the Festival....
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Exciting Adventures with Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose

Bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey talks all things Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose in this interactive session which will have the audience laughing out loud. Come along and hear all about the...
Read More
Jacqueline Harvey

Walking Home with Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a “triple threat” – a writer, actor and director – and in her funny and moving solo performance, based on her acclaimed travel memoir, Sinning Across Spain,...
Read More
Ailsa Piper Willy Lit Fest
Ailsa Piper

Introduction to Kamishibai – Paper Theatre

Join us as comic-book author, graphic novelist, teacher and kamishibai artist, Bernard Caleo shares the origins and modern place of kamishibai or Japanese “paper theatre”. He’ll take us back to...
Read More
Bernard Caleo

Developing Ideas & Creating Characters in Words & Pictures

Photo – Sydney Morning Herald In this hands-on workshop, adults will work with author, illustrator and artist Leigh Hobbs to develop their picture book ideas. BYO black fineliner, 2B and...
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Leigh Hobbs

Beginnings and Extinctions with Josephine Wilson

Join us for a lively discussion about novel writing, families, mortality and redemption. Do we ‘create’ novels or do they grab us until we are compelled to tell their stories?...
Read More
Josephine Wilson
Sherryl Clark

A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life. Join Robert Hillman as he chats with Yorta Yorta man, Melbourne artist, musician,...
Read More
Stan Yarramunua
Robert Hillman

Enza Gandolfo – The Bridge

Demet Divaroren talks with Enza Gandolfo about her new novel, The Bridge. Join us as Enza shares her motivations for writing the book and some of her research. In 1970s...
Read More
Enza Gandolfo
Demet Divaroren

Picture This – Big Ideas in Science

Join Sarah L’Estrange as she wrangles a panel of wildly talented writers, illustrators and scientists who use the graphic novel and comic book style to bring science to life. Lorna Hendry...
Read More
Lorna Hendry
Ailsa Wild
Sarah L’Estrange
Gregory Crocetti
Bernard Caleo

Things My Garden Taught Me

Like every adventure, Things My Garden Taught Me is a tale of battles won and lost. With whimsy, reflection, and literary allusion Gabrielle Baldwin explores what she has learnt about...
Read More
Anne Latreille
Gabrielle Baldwin

The Thrill of Death and Destruction

Crime fiction has overtaken romance as the top-selling genre – what is it that we want from crime, mysteries and thrillers? Is it excitement or justice? Why do authors write...
Read More
James Phelan
Sarah Bailey
Sherryl Clark

John Spooner and Mark Knight – Cartoonists in Conversation

Get inside the minds of two of Australia’s finest cartoonists. John Spooner and Mark Knight usually let their pictures do the talking and, drawing on over 70 years of combined...
Read More
Mark Knight
John Spooner

Poetry – Alive and Kicking

Take a whole new look at (and listen to) poetry, when the Willy Lit Fest brings you three of Melbourne’s most dynamic and inspiring young women performance poets. Experience three...
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Soreti Kadir
Amy Bodossian
Emilie Zoey Baker
Dr Chris Ringrose

Start Writing: How to Get Started on Any Writing Project

Staring at a blank page is hard. Procrastination, fear and not knowing where or how to start can defeat you before you begin. Experienced writers from the team at Writers...
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Writers Victoria

Elizabeth Macarthur – A Life at the Edge of the World

Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlooked aspect of Australia’s history in this fascinating story of a remarkable woman as she chats with Georgina Arnott. In 1788 a...
Read More
Michelle Scott Tucker
Georgina Arnott

Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History

Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right questions. In this workshop Melbourne writer and editor, Anna Brasier will show you how to plan, prepare...
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Anna Brasier

Putting on the Frighteners!

Almost everyone has a scary fairy tale from their childhood they’ve never forgotten. What’s yours? While parents want to protect their children from being scared, more and more evidence is...
Read More
Sherryl Clark

Reason and Lovelessness – Barry Hill in Conversation

Barry Hill is a poet and historian who has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, non-fiction and the essay. ‘This wonderful, mysterious and compelling collection of essays prompts us to consider...
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Barry Hill
Richard Tanter

Working Mums: Managing Children, Work and Life

Compiled by two Australian mums, Danielle Ross Walls and Louise Correcha, to help support other parents, Working Mums: Stories by real women on how they manage children, work and life...
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Maria Smith
Danielle Ross Walls
Tiffany Gilmour
Louise Correcha
Rhiannon Colarossi
Mel Butel
Amanda Abel

The Saturday Ladies’ Bridge Club

Alison Stuart, Denise Ogilvie, Ebony McKenna, Carol Challis, Sara J. Wolfe and Eliza Renton, are all published romance novelists. Over lunch one day they discovered they had ghostly connections and...
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Sara J. Wolfe
Alison Stuart
Eliza Renton
Denise Ogilvie
Ebony McKenna
Carol Challis

Kamishibai Stories for Kids – A Show for all Ages

Kamishibai or ‘paper theatre’ is a Japanese street storytelling art using picture cards framed in a wooden box or stage. Popular in the 1930s, the storytellers mounted their stages onto...
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Tetsuta Watanabe
Anna Manuel
Dani Bücheler-Scott
Jackie Kerin

Eden Book Launch by Jonathan Griffiths

Set in the immediate future, and told from multiple points of view, Eden is an escapist fantasy, a commentary on planet Earth’s woes and a crime thriller. Jonathan Griffiths cordially...
Read More
Jonathan Griffiths

Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall

Doors open 7.30pm. Show 8.00pm to 10.00pm including interval. Drinks at bar prices, BYO light supper. Cabaret seating. Born and raised at the Willy Lit Fest, Stereo Stories is a charming...
Read More
Emilie Zoey Baker
Vin Maskell
Lucia Nardo
Andy Griffiths

Sunday Morning Fun with Andy Griffiths

Come on a tour of the treehouse with children’s author, Andy Griffiths. All questions will be answered, (even the silly ones). Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected...
Read More
Andy Griffiths

New Fiction: Little Gods with Jenny Ackland

Heralded as a rare, original and stunning novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn’t always set you free.The setting is the Mallee, wide...
Read More
Rose Mulready
Jenny Ackland

George Orwell – The Last Man in Europe

As he lay dying, George Orwell summoned his publisher Fred Warburg to his bedside. No longer capable of holding a pen, the writer dictated a message to the public about...
Read More
Dennis Glover
Dr Chris Ringrose

Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist – Two Steps Forward

Join Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist as they talk to Maria Haughey about their smart, funny and romantic novel, Two Steps Forward. A story of renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s...
Read More
Graeme Simsion
Anne Buist
Maria Haughey

Martin Flanagan – A Wink from the Universe

The Western Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership came from nowhere. A club with no luck, no stars, no right to win, they swept to victory on a tide of nationwide goodwill. Martin...
Read More
Martin Flanagan
John Harms

The Secrets of Successful Picture Book Writing

Writing children’s picture book texts can be deceptively tricky. In this hands-on workshop children’s picture book author and editor Sue Whiting will provide her five top tips for successful picture...
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Sue Whiting

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shortlisted for the Stella Prize, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution...
Read More
Lisa Hill
Shokoofeh Azar

Sofie Laguna – The Choke with Ailsa Piper

The Choke is a brilliant, haunting and uplifting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted...
Read More
Sofie Laguna
Ailsa Piper Willy Lit Fest
Ailsa Piper

Spies, Lies and Mysteries: Meet Kensy and Max!

Ever wondered what it takes to be a spy? Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Harvey reveals how to be a successful sleuth, and the inspiration behind her newest characters, 11-year-old twins...
Read More
Jacqueline Harvey

Voyage of the Southern Sun with Michael Smith

‘The blue-sky dreaming of Walter Mitty, the resourcefulness of Phileas Fogg and – dare I say it? – the over-confidence and geniality of Mr Toad in a flying machine. Surely...
Read More
Rob Brown
Michael Smith

The Things We Do (to develop craft and career)

You’ve written, edited, rewritten and polished the manuscript. Now increase your chances of publication by understanding how the industry really works. Join two successful authors, Claire Saxby and Sue Whiting...
Read More
Sue Whiting
Claire Saxby

The Writer’s Journal with Anna Brasier

This workshop really is in the spirit of our of “From Little Things…” All great writing has to start somewhere! Your journal might just be that somewhere. A journal is...
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Anna Brasier

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman is the award winning, internationally published author and co-author of more than one hundred works of fiction, biography, autobiography and history including Joyful, The Mouth That Roared and...
Read More
Robert Hillman
Lucia Nardo

Alice Pung – On John Marsden with Bruno Lettieri

In her book, On John Marsden, Alice Pung writes about one of her biggest influences – the much-loved and highly successful writer, John Marsden. Alice and John talk to Bruno...
Read More
John Marsden
Alice Pung
Bruno Lettieri

Love and Madness – Writing from the Heart

Paula Keogh’s The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness. Justin Heazlewood’s Get Up Mum is a beautifully endearing, entertaining book about love, family,...
Read More
Justin Heazlewood
Paula Keogh
Janice Simpson

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War 1 have been published, but none more riveting than this one. Hear Dr Ross McMullin bring General Pompey Elliott’s words to life...
Read More
Ross McMullin

Has Facebook Killed Citizen Journalism?

HAS FACEBOOK KILLED CITIZEN JOURNALISM? Citizen Journalism, Community Journalism – What happens when social media replaces other forms of media? What does the future hold? Come along and join in...
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Kelly Kayne
Melissa Longo
David Llewellyn
Derek Green

Kamishibai Workshop for Children with Anna Manuel

In this hands-on workshop Anna Manuel will teach children how to create a Japanese paper theatre and perform their own story. We’ll explore the nature of kamishibai story-telling with pictures...
Read More
Anna Manuel

The Amazing Case of Doctor Ward and Other Stories

When you spread your picnic rug under the golden elm in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, do you ever ask the question: how did this and other exotic plants come to...
Read More
Jackie Kerin
Sarah Depasquale

A Curious Mind with Greg Baum

Well known for his expansive journalism across a long career in newspapers, Walkley award winning Greg Baum, author, chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age is a man with...
Read More
Greg Baum
Bruno Lettieri

Anaesthesia – The Gift of Oblivion

Until 170 years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible. Kate Cole-Adams talks with...
Read More
Kate Cole-Adams
Sarah L’Estrange

How the West was One

Join editors Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie, together with Josephine Cafagna, Carmel Taig, Lucia Nardo, Kevin Harrington and other contributors as they celebrate the richness of working class childhoods. How the West...
Read More
Kevin Harrington
Carmel Taig
Karyn Howie
Sue O’Brien
Josephine Cafagna

People’s Choice Awards

Free event, bookings required. A much loved festival favourite that sees local writers from the western suburbs reading a piece of poetry or prose which they written. At the end...
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Dr Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

Let’s Talk Books

Free event – no bookings required. Meet with like minded readers to talk about books and authors at this year’s Willy Lit Fest. Get together with new freind, share ideas,...
Read More

rePresenting Nature – Book Launch with Janet Howie

Janet Howie is a writer, poet and botanical artist who lives in Williamstown. Janet’s latest book, rePresenting Nature, showcases two of Janet’s loves: botanical art and poetry. The book consists...
Read More
Janet Howie

The Crappiest Refugee with Hung Le

Join us as comedian and author, Hung Lee chats with Stella Kinsella about “The Crappiest Refugee and treats us to a stand up session to close the festival. On the...
Read More
Hung Le
Stella Kinsella

Introduction to Kamishibai – Paper Theatre

Join us as comic-book author, graphic novelist, teacher and kamishibai artist, Bernard Caleo shares the origins and modern place of kamishibai or Japanese “paper theatre”. He’ll take us back to...
Read More
Bernard Caleo

Walking Home with Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a “triple threat” – a writer, actor and director – and in her funny and moving solo performance, based on her acclaimed travel memoir, Sinning Across Spain,...
Read More
Ailsa Piper Willy Lit Fest
Ailsa Piper

Beginnings and Extinctions with Josephine Wilson

Join us for a lively discussion about novel writing, families, mortality and redemption. Do we ‘create’ novels or do they grab us until we are compelled to tell their stories?...
Read More
Josephine Wilson
Sherryl Clark

Exciting Adventures with Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose

Bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey talks all things Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose in this interactive session which will have the audience laughing out loud. Come along and hear all about the...
Read More
Jacqueline Harvey

A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life. Join Robert Hillman as he chats with Yorta Yorta man, Melbourne artist, musician,...
Read More
Stan Yarramunua
Robert Hillman

Enza Gandolfo – The Bridge

Demet Divaroren talks with Enza Gandolfo about her new novel, The Bridge. Join us as Enza shares her motivations for writing the book and some of her research. In 1970s...
Read More
Enza Gandolfo
Demet Divaroren

Picture This – Big Ideas in Science

Join Sarah L’Estrange as she wrangles a panel of wildly talented writers, illustrators and scientists who use the graphic novel and comic book style to bring science to life. Lorna Hendry...
Read More
Lorna Hendry
Ailsa Wild
Sarah L’Estrange
Gregory Crocetti
Bernard Caleo

Things My Garden Taught Me

Like every adventure, Things My Garden Taught Me is a tale of battles won and lost. With whimsy, reflection, and literary allusion Gabrielle Baldwin explores what she has learnt about...
Read More
Anne Latreille
Gabrielle Baldwin

Elizabeth Macarthur – A Life at the Edge of the World

Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlooked aspect of Australia’s history in this fascinating story of a remarkable woman as she chats with Georgina Arnott. In 1788 a...
Read More
Michelle Scott Tucker
Georgina Arnott

Putting on the Frighteners!

Almost everyone has a scary fairy tale from their childhood they’ve never forgotten. What’s yours? While parents want to protect their children from being scared, more and more evidence is...
Read More
Sherryl Clark

Sunday Morning Fun with Andy Griffiths

Come on a tour of the treehouse with children’s author, Andy Griffiths. All questions will be answered, (even the silly ones). Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected...
Read More
Andy Griffiths

New Fiction: Little Gods with Jenny Ackland

Heralded as a rare, original and stunning novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn’t always set you free.The setting is the Mallee, wide...
Read More
Rose Mulready
Jenny Ackland

George Orwell – The Last Man in Europe

As he lay dying, George Orwell summoned his publisher Fred Warburg to his bedside. No longer capable of holding a pen, the writer dictated a message to the public about...
Read More
Dennis Glover
Dr Chris Ringrose

Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist – Two Steps Forward

Join Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist as they talk to Maria Haughey about their smart, funny and romantic novel, Two Steps Forward. A story of renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s...
Read More
Graeme Simsion
Anne Buist
Maria Haughey

Martin Flanagan – A Wink from the Universe

The Western Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership came from nowhere. A club with no luck, no stars, no right to win, they swept to victory on a tide of nationwide goodwill. Martin...
Read More
Martin Flanagan
John Harms

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shortlisted for the Stella Prize, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution...
Read More
Lisa Hill
Shokoofeh Azar

Sofie Laguna – The Choke with Ailsa Piper

The Choke is a brilliant, haunting and uplifting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted...
Read More
Sofie Laguna
Ailsa Piper Willy Lit Fest
Ailsa Piper

Spies, Lies and Mysteries: Meet Kensy and Max!

Ever wondered what it takes to be a spy? Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Harvey reveals how to be a successful sleuth, and the inspiration behind her newest characters, 11-year-old twins...
Read More
Jacqueline Harvey

Voyage of the Southern Sun with Michael Smith

‘The blue-sky dreaming of Walter Mitty, the resourcefulness of Phileas Fogg and – dare I say it? – the over-confidence and geniality of Mr Toad in a flying machine. Surely...
Read More
Rob Brown
Michael Smith

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman is the award winning, internationally published author and co-author of more than one hundred works of fiction, biography, autobiography and history including Joyful, The Mouth That Roared and...
Read More
Robert Hillman
Lucia Nardo

Alice Pung – On John Marsden with Bruno Lettieri

In her book, On John Marsden, Alice Pung writes about one of her biggest influences – the much-loved and highly successful writer, John Marsden. Alice and John talk to Bruno...
Read More
John Marsden
Alice Pung
Bruno Lettieri

Love and Madness – Writing from the Heart

Paula Keogh’s The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness. Justin Heazlewood’s Get Up Mum is a beautifully endearing, entertaining book about love, family,...
Read More
Justin Heazlewood
Paula Keogh
Janice Simpson

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War 1 have been published, but none more riveting than this one. Hear Dr Ross McMullin bring General Pompey Elliott’s words to life...
Read More
Ross McMullin

A Curious Mind with Greg Baum

Well known for his expansive journalism across a long career in newspapers, Walkley award winning Greg Baum, author, chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age is a man with...
Read More
Greg Baum
Bruno Lettieri

Anaesthesia – The Gift of Oblivion

Until 170 years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible. Kate Cole-Adams talks with...
Read More
Kate Cole-Adams
Sarah L’Estrange

How the West was One

Join editors Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie, together with Josephine Cafagna, Carmel Taig, Lucia Nardo, Kevin Harrington and other contributors as they celebrate the richness of working class childhoods. How the West...
Read More
Kevin Harrington
Carmel Taig
Karyn Howie
Sue O’Brien
Josephine Cafagna

rePresenting Nature – Book Launch with Janet Howie

Janet Howie is a writer, poet and botanical artist who lives in Williamstown. Janet’s latest book, rePresenting Nature, showcases two of Janet’s loves: botanical art and poetry. The book consists...
Read More
Janet Howie

The Crappiest Refugee with Hung Le

Join us as comedian and author, Hung Lee chats with Stella Kinsella about “The Crappiest Refugee and treats us to a stand up session to close the festival. On the...
Read More
Hung Le
Stella Kinsella

Eden Book Launch by Jonathan Griffiths

Set in the immediate future, and told from multiple points of view, Eden is an escapist fantasy, a commentary on planet Earth’s woes and a crime thriller. Jonathan Griffiths cordially...
Read More
Jonathan Griffiths

rePresenting Nature – Book Launch with Janet Howie

Janet Howie is a writer, poet and botanical artist who lives in Williamstown. Janet’s latest book, rePresenting Nature, showcases two of Janet’s loves: botanical art and poetry. The book consists...
Read More
Janet Howie

Beginnings and Extinctions with Josephine Wilson

Join us for a lively discussion about novel writing, families, mortality and redemption. Do we ‘create’ novels or do they grab us until we are compelled to tell their stories?...
Read More
Josephine Wilson
Sherryl Clark

John Spooner and Mark Knight – Cartoonists in Conversation

Get inside the minds of two of Australia’s finest cartoonists. John Spooner and Mark Knight usually let their pictures do the talking and, drawing on over 70 years of combined...
Read More
Mark Knight
John Spooner

Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall

Doors open 7.30pm. Show 8.00pm to 10.00pm including interval. Drinks at bar prices, BYO light supper. Cabaret seating. Born and raised at the Willy Lit Fest, Stereo Stories is a charming...
Read More
Emilie Zoey Baker
Vin Maskell
Lucia Nardo
Andy Griffiths

Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist – Two Steps Forward

Join Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist as they talk to Maria Haughey about their smart, funny and romantic novel, Two Steps Forward. A story of renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s...
Read More
Graeme Simsion
Anne Buist
Maria Haughey

Martin Flanagan – A Wink from the Universe

The Western Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership came from nowhere. A club with no luck, no stars, no right to win, they swept to victory on a tide of nationwide goodwill. Martin...
Read More
Martin Flanagan
John Harms

Sofie Laguna – The Choke with Ailsa Piper

The Choke is a brilliant, haunting and uplifting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted...
Read More
Sofie Laguna
Ailsa Piper Willy Lit Fest
Ailsa Piper

Alice Pung – On John Marsden with Bruno Lettieri

In her book, On John Marsden, Alice Pung writes about one of her biggest influences – the much-loved and highly successful writer, John Marsden. Alice and John talk to Bruno...
Read More
John Marsden
Alice Pung
Bruno Lettieri

Exciting Adventures with Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose

Bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey talks all things Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose in this interactive session which will have the audience laughing out loud. Come along and hear all about the...
Read More
Jacqueline Harvey

Sunday Morning Fun with Andy Griffiths

Come on a tour of the treehouse with children’s author, Andy Griffiths. All questions will be answered, (even the silly ones). Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected...
Read More
Andy Griffiths

Spies, Lies and Mysteries: Meet Kensy and Max!

Ever wondered what it takes to be a spy? Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Harvey reveals how to be a successful sleuth, and the inspiration behind her newest characters, 11-year-old twins...
Read More
Jacqueline Harvey

Kamishibai Workshop for Children with Anna Manuel

In this hands-on workshop Anna Manuel will teach children how to create a Japanese paper theatre and perform their own story. We’ll explore the nature of kamishibai story-telling with pictures...
Read More
Anna Manuel

The Amazing Case of Doctor Ward and Other Stories

When you spread your picnic rug under the golden elm in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, do you ever ask the question: how did this and other exotic plants come to...
Read More
Jackie Kerin
Sarah Depasquale

The Ada Cambridge Prizes and Official Festival Opening

Join us for the announcement of the prestigious Ada Cambridge Prizes for Biographical Prose and Poetry and the Young Adas Short Story Prize, and the official opening of the Festival....
Read More

Let’s Talk Books

Free event – no bookings required. Meet with like minded readers to talk about books and authors at this year’s Willy Lit Fest. Get together with new freind, share ideas,...
Read More

Elizabeth Macarthur – A Life at the Edge of the World

Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlooked aspect of Australia’s history in this fascinating story of a remarkable woman as she chats with Georgina Arnott. In 1788 a...
Read More
Michelle Scott Tucker
Georgina Arnott

Putting on the Frighteners!

Almost everyone has a scary fairy tale from their childhood they’ve never forgotten. What’s yours? While parents want to protect their children from being scared, more and more evidence is...
Read More
Sherryl Clark

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shortlisted for the Stella Prize, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution...
Read More
Lisa Hill
Shokoofeh Azar

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War 1 have been published, but none more riveting than this one. Hear Dr Ross McMullin bring General Pompey Elliott’s words to life...
Read More
Ross McMullin

How the West was One

Join editors Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie, together with Josephine Cafagna, Carmel Taig, Lucia Nardo, Kevin Harrington and other contributors as they celebrate the richness of working class childhoods. How the West...
Read More
Kevin Harrington
Carmel Taig
Karyn Howie
Sue O’Brien
Josephine Cafagna

Enza Gandolfo – The Bridge

Demet Divaroren talks with Enza Gandolfo about her new novel, The Bridge. Join us as Enza shares her motivations for writing the book and some of her research. In 1970s...
Read More
Enza Gandolfo
Demet Divaroren

Things My Garden Taught Me

Like every adventure, Things My Garden Taught Me is a tale of battles won and lost. With whimsy, reflection, and literary allusion Gabrielle Baldwin explores what she has learnt about...
Read More
Anne Latreille
Gabrielle Baldwin

The Thrill of Death and Destruction

Crime fiction has overtaken romance as the top-selling genre – what is it that we want from crime, mysteries and thrillers? Is it excitement or justice? Why do authors write...
Read More
James Phelan
Sarah Bailey
Sherryl Clark

John Spooner and Mark Knight – Cartoonists in Conversation

Get inside the minds of two of Australia’s finest cartoonists. John Spooner and Mark Knight usually let their pictures do the talking and, drawing on over 70 years of combined...
Read More
Mark Knight
John Spooner

Reason and Lovelessness – Barry Hill in Conversation

Barry Hill is a poet and historian who has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, non-fiction and the essay. ‘This wonderful, mysterious and compelling collection of essays prompts us to consider...
Read More
Barry Hill
Richard Tanter

New Fiction: Little Gods with Jenny Ackland

Heralded as a rare, original and stunning novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn’t always set you free.The setting is the Mallee, wide...
Read More
Rose Mulready
Jenny Ackland

George Orwell – The Last Man in Europe

As he lay dying, George Orwell summoned his publisher Fred Warburg to his bedside. No longer capable of holding a pen, the writer dictated a message to the public about...
Read More
Dennis Glover
Dr Chris Ringrose

Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist – Two Steps Forward

Join Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist as they talk to Maria Haughey about their smart, funny and romantic novel, Two Steps Forward. A story of renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s...
Read More
Graeme Simsion
Anne Buist
Maria Haughey

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shortlisted for the Stella Prize, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution...
Read More
Lisa Hill
Shokoofeh Azar

Voyage of the Southern Sun with Michael Smith

‘The blue-sky dreaming of Walter Mitty, the resourcefulness of Phileas Fogg and – dare I say it? – the over-confidence and geniality of Mr Toad in a flying machine. Surely...
Read More
Rob Brown
Michael Smith

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman is the award winning, internationally published author and co-author of more than one hundred works of fiction, biography, autobiography and history including Joyful, The Mouth That Roared and...
Read More
Robert Hillman
Lucia Nardo

The Things We Do (to develop craft and career)

You’ve written, edited, rewritten and polished the manuscript. Now increase your chances of publication by understanding how the industry really works. Join two successful authors, Claire Saxby and Sue Whiting...
Read More
Sue Whiting
Claire Saxby

Alice Pung – On John Marsden with Bruno Lettieri

In her book, On John Marsden, Alice Pung writes about one of her biggest influences – the much-loved and highly successful writer, John Marsden. Alice and John talk to Bruno...
Read More
John Marsden
Alice Pung
Bruno Lettieri

Love and Madness – Writing from the Heart

Paula Keogh’s The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness. Justin Heazlewood’s Get Up Mum is a beautifully endearing, entertaining book about love, family,...
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Justin Heazlewood
Paula Keogh
Janice Simpson

A Curious Mind with Greg Baum

Well known for his expansive journalism across a long career in newspapers, Walkley award winning Greg Baum, author, chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age is a man with...
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Greg Baum
Bruno Lettieri

Picture This – Big Ideas in Science

Join Sarah L’Estrange as she wrangles a panel of wildly talented writers, illustrators and scientists who use the graphic novel and comic book style to bring science to life. Lorna Hendry...
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Lorna Hendry
Ailsa Wild
Sarah L’Estrange
Gregory Crocetti
Bernard Caleo

Working Mums: Managing Children, Work and Life

Compiled by two Australian mums, Danielle Ross Walls and Louise Correcha, to help support other parents, Working Mums: Stories by real women on how they manage children, work and life...
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Maria Smith
Danielle Ross Walls
Tiffany Gilmour
Louise Correcha
Rhiannon Colarossi
Mel Butel
Amanda Abel

The Saturday Ladies’ Bridge Club

Alison Stuart, Denise Ogilvie, Ebony McKenna, Carol Challis, Sara J. Wolfe and Eliza Renton, are all published romance novelists. Over lunch one day they discovered they had ghostly connections and...
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Sara J. Wolfe
Alison Stuart
Eliza Renton
Denise Ogilvie
Ebony McKenna
Carol Challis

Has Facebook Killed Citizen Journalism?

HAS FACEBOOK KILLED CITIZEN JOURNALISM? Citizen Journalism, Community Journalism – What happens when social media replaces other forms of media? What does the future hold? Come along and join in...
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Kelly Kayne
Melissa Longo
David Llewellyn
Derek Green

How the West was One

Join editors Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie, together with Josephine Cafagna, Carmel Taig, Lucia Nardo, Kevin Harrington and other contributors as they celebrate the richness of working class childhoods. How the West...
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Kevin Harrington
Carmel Taig
Karyn Howie
Sue O’Brien
Josephine Cafagna

Introduction to Kamishibai – Paper Theatre

Join us as comic-book author, graphic novelist, teacher and kamishibai artist, Bernard Caleo shares the origins and modern place of kamishibai or Japanese “paper theatre”. He’ll take us back to...
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Bernard Caleo

Walking Home with Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a “triple threat” – a writer, actor and director – and in her funny and moving solo performance, based on her acclaimed travel memoir, Sinning Across Spain,...
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Ailsa Piper Willy Lit Fest
Ailsa Piper

Poetry – Alive and Kicking

Take a whole new look at (and listen to) poetry, when the Willy Lit Fest brings you three of Melbourne’s most dynamic and inspiring young women performance poets. Experience three...
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Soreti Kadir
Amy Bodossian
Emilie Zoey Baker
Dr Chris Ringrose

Kamishibai Stories for Kids – A Show for all Ages

Kamishibai or ‘paper theatre’ is a Japanese street storytelling art using picture cards framed in a wooden box or stage. Popular in the 1930s, the storytellers mounted their stages onto...
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Tetsuta Watanabe
Anna Manuel
Dani Bücheler-Scott
Jackie Kerin

Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall

Doors open 7.30pm. Show 8.00pm to 10.00pm including interval. Drinks at bar prices, BYO light supper. Cabaret seating. Born and raised at the Willy Lit Fest, Stereo Stories is a charming...
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Emilie Zoey Baker
Vin Maskell
Lucia Nardo
Andy Griffiths

Sunday Morning Fun with Andy Griffiths

Come on a tour of the treehouse with children’s author, Andy Griffiths. All questions will be answered, (even the silly ones). Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected...
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Andy Griffiths

The Amazing Case of Doctor Ward and Other Stories

When you spread your picnic rug under the golden elm in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, do you ever ask the question: how did this and other exotic plants come to...
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Jackie Kerin
Sarah Depasquale

People’s Choice Awards

Free event, bookings required. A much loved festival favourite that sees local writers from the western suburbs reading a piece of poetry or prose which they written. At the end...
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Dr Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

The Crappiest Refugee with Hung Le

Join us as comedian and author, Hung Lee chats with Stella Kinsella about “The Crappiest Refugee and treats us to a stand up session to close the festival. On the...
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Hung Le
Stella Kinsella

Poetry – Alive and Kicking

Take a whole new look at (and listen to) poetry, when the Willy Lit Fest brings you three of Melbourne’s most dynamic and inspiring young women performance poets. Experience three...
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Soreti Kadir
Amy Bodossian
Emilie Zoey Baker
Dr Chris Ringrose

People’s Choice Awards

Free event, bookings required. A much loved festival favourite that sees local writers from the western suburbs reading a piece of poetry or prose which they written. At the end...
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Dr Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

Developing Ideas & Creating Characters in Words & Pictures

Photo – Sydney Morning Herald In this hands-on workshop, adults will work with author, illustrator and artist Leigh Hobbs to develop their picture book ideas. BYO black fineliner, 2B and...
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Leigh Hobbs

Start Writing: How to Get Started on Any Writing Project

Staring at a blank page is hard. Procrastination, fear and not knowing where or how to start can defeat you before you begin. Experienced writers from the team at Writers...
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Writers Victoria

Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History

Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right questions. In this workshop Melbourne writer and editor, Anna Brasier will show you how to plan, prepare...
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Anna Brasier

The Saturday Ladies’ Bridge Club

Alison Stuart, Denise Ogilvie, Ebony McKenna, Carol Challis, Sara J. Wolfe and Eliza Renton, are all published romance novelists. Over lunch one day they discovered they had ghostly connections and...
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Sara J. Wolfe
Alison Stuart
Eliza Renton
Denise Ogilvie
Ebony McKenna
Carol Challis

The Secrets of Successful Picture Book Writing

Writing children’s picture book texts can be deceptively tricky. In this hands-on workshop children’s picture book author and editor Sue Whiting will provide her five top tips for successful picture...
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Sue Whiting

The Writer’s Journal with Anna Brasier

This workshop really is in the spirit of our of “From Little Things…” All great writing has to start somewhere! Your journal might just be that somewhere. A journal is...
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Anna Brasier

The Things We Do (to develop craft and career)

You’ve written, edited, rewritten and polished the manuscript. Now increase your chances of publication by understanding how the industry really works. Join two successful authors, Claire Saxby and Sue Whiting...
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Sue Whiting
Claire Saxby

Developing Ideas & Creating Characters in Words & Pictures

Photo – Sydney Morning Herald In this hands-on workshop, adults will work with author, illustrator and artist Leigh Hobbs to develop their picture book ideas. BYO black fineliner, 2B and...
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Leigh Hobbs

Start Writing: How to Get Started on Any Writing Project

Staring at a blank page is hard. Procrastination, fear and not knowing where or how to start can defeat you before you begin. Experienced writers from the team at Writers...
Read More
Writers Victoria

Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History

Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right questions. In this workshop Melbourne writer and editor, Anna Brasier will show you how to plan, prepare...
Read More
Anna Brasier

The Secrets of Successful Picture Book Writing

Writing children’s picture book texts can be deceptively tricky. In this hands-on workshop children’s picture book author and editor Sue Whiting will provide her five top tips for successful picture...
Read More
Sue Whiting

The Writer’s Journal with Anna Brasier

This workshop really is in the spirit of our of “From Little Things…” All great writing has to start somewhere! Your journal might just be that somewhere. A journal is...
Read More
Anna Brasier

Kamishibai Workshop for Children with Anna Manuel

In this hands-on workshop Anna Manuel will teach children how to create a Japanese paper theatre and perform their own story. We’ll explore the nature of kamishibai story-telling with pictures...
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Anna Manuel
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