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Turbulence – King of the Air: Charles Kingsford Smith

Soar to unthinkable heights, as renowned biographer, Ann Blainey takes you inside the rise and fall of Australia’s King of the Air, Charles Kingsford Smith. History remembers his courage and...
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Ann Blainey

Wordburger

Local legend, Leigh Hobbs loves language…specifically words. Author, David Astle loves Wordburgers! Together, the two are certain to puzzle and delight children and the children at heart! A side of...
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Leigh Hobbs
David Astle

Adventures with Andy Griffiths

Adventure awaits for any who dare to climb… and climb and climb! Andy Griffiths – a Festival favourite – will be ready for shenanigans, as he takes kids (and grown...
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Andy Griffiths

I’ll Stand With You: The Peter Norman Story

Olympic success doesn’t necessarily bring fame. Sometimes legacy costs you everything. Peter Norman is the greatest hero you never knew. Someone who did know, was his nephew Matt Norman. Enjoy...
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Sue Thomson
Matt Norman

My Lucky Life: A Memoir, Don’t Forget Your Binoculars

Greg Miles called his first horse race in 1978. In a career spanning over 40 years, Miles called a record-breaking 36 Cup Carnivals, calling such champions down the straight as...
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Greg Miles
John Harms

Eden Unplugged- Book Launch

Jonathan Griffiths launches his latest novel, Eden Unplugged, the second volume in the Eden trilogy, an escapist fantasy. Planet Earth is headed for disaster but she was a secret twin,...
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Jonathan Griffiths

Stereo Stories In Concert

Join us for a concert celebration of music and memoir hosted by Vin Maskell, featuring stories by Arnold Zable, Andy Griffiths, Melanie Cheng, Torre DeRoche, Jock Serong, Rijn Collins and...
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Vin Maskell

Into the Fire: Female Friendship Raked Over the Coals

Nothing is more incendiary than the fires of friendship. Who’s to blame when that flame burns out? Join author ​Sonia Orchard in intimate conversation with social commentator ​Clementine Ford​ exploring...
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Clementine Ford
Sonia Orchard

The People vs the Banks

‘Never get between a politician and a bucket of money,’ once said ex PM Paul Keating. The Banking Royal Commission was both scourge and succour to the people for whom...
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Michael Roddan
George Megalogenis

The Examined Life – Kerry O’Brien

Kerry O’Brien’s life has spanned the post-war era through the maelstrom of the nuclear and digital age. He has witnessed life changing events, interviewed the great and good, and explained...
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Frank McGuire
Kerry O’Brien

Imagination

Tumble down the rabbit hole with George Ivanoff speaking with Claire Saxby and Judy Horacek to fathom the role imagination plays in the development of young minds. To dream, to...
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Judy Horacek
George Ivanoff
Claire Saxby

Wordburger

Local legend, Leigh Hobbs loves language…specifically words. Author, David Astle loves Wordburgers! Together, the two are certain to puzzle and delight children and the children at heart! A side of...
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Leigh Hobbs
David Astle

The Hero Went Thataway – Write Your Own Adventure

The Hero Went Thataway – 100 Story Building – Write Your Own Adventure A fabulous session for children ages 8 to 12. Ever wondered what would happen if a character...
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Ben McKenzie

Adventures with Andy Griffiths

Adventure awaits for any who dare to climb… and climb and climb! Andy Griffiths – a Festival favourite – will be ready for shenanigans, as he takes kids (and grown...
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Andy Griffiths

The Ada Cambridge Awards

The Ada Cambridge Awards For the first time in the history of the Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes, submissions to the prose and poetry sections were open to all Victorian writers....
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Carmel Bird

An Adventure in Regret – Bad Diary Salon

We’ve all written without censorship to the almighty Diary Gods. No one will ever hear your cringeworthy, most inner thoughts….. Or will they? The Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017...
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Jenny Ackland

(What’s not to) Love Your Library

Libraries are portals to adventure, gateways to infinite information, a superhighway to untold worlds. Hobsons Bay Libraries offer residents and visitors a vast number of services and assistance. Author and...
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Chris Buckingham
Claire Saxby
Stuart Kells

You Daughters of Freedom

You Daughters of Freedom – The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World What will a son of the west make of these Daughters of Freedom? Elected member...
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Tim Watts
Clare Wright

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin: A White Hot Flame

Explore the challenges of biographical writing with Sue Taffe – author of A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, an important but virtually unknown white advocate of Aboriginal rights, and...
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Georgina Arnott
Judith Brett
Sue Taffe

The House: Edifice as Icon

Arguably, the best-loved building in Australia, the Sydney Opera House nearly didn’t get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly...
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Helen Pitt
Enza Gandolfo

I’ll Stand With You: The Peter Norman Story

Olympic success doesn’t necessarily bring fame. Sometimes legacy costs you everything. Peter Norman is the greatest hero you never knew. Someone who did know, was his nephew Matt Norman. Enjoy...
Read More
Sue Thomson
Matt Norman

Imagination

Tumble down the rabbit hole with George Ivanoff speaking with Claire Saxby and Judy Horacek to fathom the role imagination plays in the development of young minds. To dream, to...
Read More
Judy Horacek
George Ivanoff
Claire Saxby

You Daughters of Freedom

You Daughters of Freedom – The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World What will a son of the west make of these Daughters of Freedom? Elected member...
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Tim Watts
Clare Wright

Endangered: Writing to the Eleventh Hour

Ostriches, as it happens, do not bury their heads in the sand. They do, however, use their heads to turn eggs in the nest. Explode the myths at this critical...
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Rohan Cleave
Sarah Hamilton
John Woinarski
Leah Kaminsky

Axiomatic – The Past is Not Dead

Does time really heal all wounds? Is there such a thing as ‘closure’ or are we deluding ourselves? Join Dmetri Kakmi as he talks to Maria Tumarkin about memory, having...
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Dmetri Kakmi
Maria Tumarkin

Unchartered Territory and Dangerous Waters

Gather round an open fire in the Pirate’s Tavern, in the heart of Williamstown’s historic docks. Lose yourself to history, as Preservation author, Jock Serong, and Fled author, Meg Keneally...
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Meg Keneally
Jock Serong
Clare Wright

The Ones That Got Away

Award winning journalist and best selling author of crime fiction Caroline Overington speaks with award winning journalist and best-selling author of true crime Matt Condon about the ones that got...
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Matthew Condon
Caroline Overington

The New Puberty: What to Expect Even If You’re Not Expecting

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.’ Or in the case of female hormones, a night to last an age. The female journey is a complicated mind...
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Amanda Dunn
Stella Kinsella

Sci Fi vs Fantasy: An Informal Debate

Join Radio Melbourne Breakfast co host Jacinta Parsons with three of Australia’s best selling YA authors  to debate the merits of Sci Fi vs Fantasy; which genre better delivers the...
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Jacinta Parsons
Michael Pryor
Gabriel Bergmoser
Rebecca Lim

Gorgeous Girl – Descent Into Memoir

Behind the happy facade children’s author Mary K Pershall’s book suggested, she was otherwise enmeshed into a personal descent into horror. Her daughter Anna, serving time in a Melbourne jail...
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Mary K Pershall
Amanda Dunn

Adults with Words – Rod Quantock and David Astle

The brain is a complicated beast – a cryptic wonderland. David Astle is keen on Rewording the Brain – offering up new and clever ways to get us thinking differently....
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David Astle
Rod Quantock

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin: A White Hot Flame

Explore the challenges of biographical writing with Sue Taffe – author of A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, an important but virtually unknown white advocate of Aboriginal rights, and...
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Georgina Arnott
Judith Brett
Sue Taffe

Into the Fire: Female Friendship Raked Over the Coals

Nothing is more incendiary than the fires of friendship. Who’s to blame when that flame burns out? Join author ​Sonia Orchard in intimate conversation with social commentator ​Clementine Ford​ exploring...
Read More
Clementine Ford
Sonia Orchard

The House: Edifice as Icon

Arguably, the best-loved building in Australia, the Sydney Opera House nearly didn’t get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly...
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Helen Pitt
Enza Gandolfo

The Nowhere Child

John Gregory Dunne compared adapting a novel to screenplay as turning a sofa into a chair. What then happens to a screenwriter’s meticulous technique in the understated art of screenwriting,...
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Christian White
Peter Docker

I’ll Stand With You: The Peter Norman Story

Olympic success doesn’t necessarily bring fame. Sometimes legacy costs you everything. Peter Norman is the greatest hero you never knew. Someone who did know, was his nephew Matt Norman. Enjoy...
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Sue Thomson
Matt Norman

SOLD OUT – A Long Way From No Go: Telling the Hard Truths

Please note this session is SOLD OUT. Chrissie Foster AM (Hell on the way to Heaven) knows better than most how difficult it is to share hard truths. Standing up...
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Chrissie Foster AM
Tjanara Goreng Goreng

The People vs the Banks

‘Never get between a politician and a bucket of money,’ once said ex PM Paul Keating. The Banking Royal Commission was both scourge and succour to the people for whom...
Read More
Michael Roddan
George Megalogenis

Growing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia takes a look at the stories of African-diaspora Australians. Writer and journalist, Ahmed Yussef will walk us through the worlds of  Tariro Mavondo, Adut Wol...
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Khalid Warsame
Tariro Mavondo
Adut Wol Akec
Ahmed Yussuf

My Lucky Life: A Memoir, Don’t Forget Your Binoculars

Greg Miles called his first horse race in 1978. In a career spanning over 40 years, Miles called a record-breaking 36 Cup Carnivals, calling such champions down the straight as...
Read More
Greg Miles
John Harms

They Saw a Thylacine- Rehearsed Play Reading

Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton will read their multi-award winning play, They Saw a Thylacine, conjuring the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties. With all the suspense of a...
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Justine Campbell
Sarah Hamilton

Imagination

Tumble down the rabbit hole with George Ivanoff speaking with Claire Saxby and Judy Horacek to fathom the role imagination plays in the development of young minds. To dream, to...
Read More
Judy Horacek
George Ivanoff
Claire Saxby

Endangered: Writing to the Eleventh Hour

Ostriches, as it happens, do not bury their heads in the sand. They do, however, use their heads to turn eggs in the nest. Explode the myths at this critical...
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Rohan Cleave
Sarah Hamilton
John Woinarski
Leah Kaminsky

Sensory Overload

What is adventure for young readers exposed and potentially inured to global events and crises? What is adventure these days? Three authors: Nova Weetman, Rob Newton and Lili Wilkinson are...
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Lili Wilkinson
Nova Weetman
Danielle Binks
Robert Newton

Unchartered Territory and Dangerous Waters

Gather round an open fire in the Pirate’s Tavern, in the heart of Williamstown’s historic docks. Lose yourself to history, as Preservation author, Jock Serong, and Fled author, Meg Keneally...
Read More
Meg Keneally
Jock Serong
Clare Wright

Out of the Shadows: True Crime Comes of Age

The rise and rise of true crime With the recent advent of the true crime podcast, the genre’s popularity has reached epic proportions. The most popular podcasts have downloads in...
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Liz Porter
Helen Thomas
Claire Halliday
Vikki Petraitis

Sci Fi vs Fantasy: An Informal Debate

Join Radio Melbourne Breakfast co host Jacinta Parsons with three of Australia’s best selling YA authors  to debate the merits of Sci Fi vs Fantasy; which genre better delivers the...
Read More
Jacinta Parsons
Michael Pryor
Gabriel Bergmoser
Rebecca Lim

Gorgeous Girl – Descent Into Memoir

Behind the happy facade children’s author Mary K Pershall’s book suggested, she was otherwise enmeshed into a personal descent into horror. Her daughter Anna, serving time in a Melbourne jail...
Read More
Mary K Pershall
Amanda Dunn

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin: A White Hot Flame

Explore the challenges of biographical writing with Sue Taffe – author of A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, an important but virtually unknown white advocate of Aboriginal rights, and...
Read More
Georgina Arnott
Judith Brett
Sue Taffe

Audio Rising

One of the great and unexpected market trends is the uptake of audio literature. Audio book and Podcast consumption is booming. Where are you in all of this? Listener, creator,...
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Dave Stokes
Susan Spelic
Richard Evans
Cristina Lee

Thirty Years of Writing – Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria turns 30 in 2019. To mark this milestone, we’re delighted to present this panel to celebrate Victorian writing. Join us to hear Terry Jaensch, Lili Wilkinson, Katherine Brabon...
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Lili Wilkinson
Lee Kofman
Terry Jaensch
Katherine Brabon

(What’s not to) Love Your Library

Libraries are portals to adventure, gateways to infinite information, a superhighway to untold worlds. Hobsons Bay Libraries offer residents and visitors a vast number of services and assistance. Author and...
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Chris Buckingham
Claire Saxby
Stuart Kells

High Tea and High Romance in the Age of #MeToo

Amid the seismic shiver of the #metoo movement, where is romance fiction in this watershed? Enjoy an afternoon of tea, cake and maybe more as this panel of romance authors...
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Anne Gracie
Beverley Oakley
Sasha Cottman

SOLD OUT – A Long Way From No Go: Telling the Hard Truths

Please note this session is SOLD OUT. Chrissie Foster AM (Hell on the way to Heaven) knows better than most how difficult it is to share hard truths. Standing up...
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Chrissie Foster AM
Tjanara Goreng Goreng

High Tea and High Romance Adventures

If romance is one of the biggest adventures we can experience in life, what does romance as a genre enable readers to learn about themselves when presumably, there will be...
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Ebony McKenna
Leisl Leighton
Deborah Tait

Growing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia takes a look at the stories of African-diaspora Australians. Writer and journalist, Ahmed Yussef will walk us through the worlds of  Tariro Mavondo, Adut Wol...
Read More
Khalid Warsame
Tariro Mavondo
Adut Wol Akec
Ahmed Yussuf

They Saw a Thylacine- Rehearsed Play Reading

Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton will read their multi-award winning play, They Saw a Thylacine, conjuring the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties. With all the suspense of a...
Read More
Justine Campbell
Sarah Hamilton

Wordburger

Local legend, Leigh Hobbs loves language…specifically words. Author, David Astle loves Wordburgers! Together, the two are certain to puzzle and delight children and the children at heart! A side of...
Read More
Leigh Hobbs
David Astle

People’s Choice Awards

In this, the most fun writing competition in the West, 18 local writers each read aloud a 4-minute piece of their own. There are prizes for both prose and poetry....
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Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

An Adventure in Regret – Bad Diary Salon

We’ve all written without censorship to the almighty Diary Gods. No one will ever hear your cringeworthy, most inner thoughts….. Or will they? The Bad Diaries Salon was established mid-2017...
Read More
Jenny Ackland

Stereo Stories In Concert

Join us for a concert celebration of music and memoir hosted by Vin Maskell, featuring stories by Arnold Zable, Andy Griffiths, Melanie Cheng, Torre DeRoche, Jock Serong, Rijn Collins and...
Read More
Vin Maskell

They Saw a Thylacine- Rehearsed Play Reading

Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton will read their multi-award winning play, They Saw a Thylacine, conjuring the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties. With all the suspense of a...
Read More
Justine Campbell
Sarah Hamilton

Choose Your Own Felon – Workshop

In this workshop best-selling author Vikki Petraitis offers plenty of practical tips and exercises to get your crime writing ideas flowing. Activities and discussions will include: how to create a...
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Vikki Petraitis

Pathways To Publishing – SOLD OUT!

This session has SOLD OUT. Please take a look at some of our other workshops.   Stephen King says of writing, “What separates the talented individual from the successful one...
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Lucia Nardo
Enza Gandolfo

Indie Publishing in a Digital World –  Workshop

What are the pros and cons of self-publishing, vanity presses, and mainstream publishing? Join Debbie Lee from IngramSpark in this workshop as she compares each of the different publishing options,...
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Deborah Lee

Choose Your Own Felon – Workshop

In this workshop best-selling author Vikki Petraitis offers plenty of practical tips and exercises to get your crime writing ideas flowing. Activities and discussions will include: how to create a...
Read More
Vikki Petraitis

The Hero Went Thataway – Write Your Own Adventure

The Hero Went Thataway – 100 Story Building – Write Your Own Adventure A fabulous session for children ages 8 to 12. Ever wondered what would happen if a character...
Read More
Ben McKenzie

Pathways To Publishing – SOLD OUT!

This session has SOLD OUT. Please take a look at some of our other workshops.   Stephen King says of writing, “What separates the talented individual from the successful one...
Read More
Lucia Nardo
Enza Gandolfo

Indie Publishing in a Digital World –  Workshop

What are the pros and cons of self-publishing, vanity presses, and mainstream publishing? Join Debbie Lee from IngramSpark in this workshop as she compares each of the different publishing options,...
Read More
Deborah Lee
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