Queenscliffe Literary Festival each weekend in May.

Exploration

2018 Festival

MAY 4TH – MAY 27TH

VARIOUS VENUES IN QUEENSCLIFF AND POINT LONSDALE
Book tickets below

Festival Program

WEEK

O1

FRIDAY 4TH MAY

6 – 7pm

Australian Literary Print Exchange

Queenscliff Gallery Workshop

$40 | Includes canapés and bubbles

Bell Shakespeare founder John Bell AO and OBE, and Living National Treasure, launches 2018 Australian Literary Print Exchange, featuring a portrait of John Bell by local artist Joel Wolter.

Limited numbers.

SATURDAY 5TH MAY

6 – 7.30pm

Keynote John Bell

Queenscliff Town Hall

$40 | Includes wine

Opening Weekend Keynote Address and Q&A with John Bell AO and OBE, and Living National Treasure and Bell Shakespeare founder: My Life in Shakespeare.

SUNDAY 6TH MAY

12 – 1.30pm

Keynote Robert Dessaix

Point Lonsdale Bowling Club

$40 | Includes lunch, drinks at bar prices

Opening Weekend Keynote Address with acclaimed author Robert Dessaix: A Writer’s Walk Around the World.

WEEK

O2

THURSDAY 10TH MAY

5.30 – 7pm

YA Writing Prize

Point Lonsdale Board Riders

FREE |

QLF / Deakin VCE Writing Prize, announcement by YA Author Mark Smith.

THURSDAY 10TH MAY
IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Wendy Orr

St Aloysius Catholic Primary School

NOT TICKETED |

FRIDAY 11TH MAY
IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Marc McBride

Point Lonsdale Primary School

NOT TICKETED |

FRIDAY 11TH MAY

1.30 – 4.30pm

Writer’s Workshop

Queenscliff Neighbourhood House

FREE | Sponsored by Writers Victoria

Josephine Wilson (Extinctions), winner of the Miles Franklin 2017, an exploration of writing from beginning to end.

Limited numbers.

SATURDAY 12TH MAY

10 – 11am

The Barabaig

Queenscliff Town Hall

$20 |

Barabaig: Life, Love and Death on Tanzania’s Hanang Plains with author Charles Lane.

SATURDAY 12TH MAY

12.30 – 1.30pm

The Library

Queenscliff Town Hall

$25 |

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders. An exploration of libraries, a celebration of books and hallowed spaces past and present, with author Stuart Kells and Geelong Library CEO Patti Manolis.

SATURDAY 12TH MAY

2 – 3pm

Pompey Elliott at War

Queenscliff Town Hall

$20 |

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words, explored in his letters by award-winning historian and biographer, Ross McMullin.

SATURDAY 12TH MAY

3.30 – 4.30pm

Miles Franklin Award

Queenscliff Town Hall

FREE | Sponsored by Writers Victoria and Deakin University

Miles Franklin award-winners Josephine Wilson (Extinctions, 2017) and Sofie Laguna (The Eye of the Sheep, 2015) in conversation with Associate Professor Maria Takolander.

SATURDAY 12TH MAY

5 – 6pm

The Memories of Music

Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale

$25 |

Andrew Ford, composer and broadcaster, discusses his memoir with Professor David McCooey of Deakin University, and local musician Andrea Robertson.

SATURDAY 12TH MAY

7 – 8.30pm

Lighthouse Arts Collective

New Hall, Point Lonsdale

FREE |

Local artist, writer, and poet Sally Lewry launches her debut poetry collection Able in the presence of rocks, explores death, grief, birth, and life.

SUNDAY 13TH MAY

10.30 – 11.30am

Australia in the New Asia

Queenscliff Uniting Church

$20 |

Author and Professor of Strategic Studies at ANU, Hugh White, discusses his recent Quarterly Essay Without America: Australia in the New Asia.

WEEK

O3

THURSDAY 17TH MAY

6.30 – 9pm

Death Over Dinner

Salt Contemporary Art Gallery, Queenscliff

$60 | Dinner catered, drinks at bar prices

Come to dinner and join a conversation about life, not death, between authors Ailsa Piper and Dr Leah Kaminsky, and acclaimed journalist Caroline Baum.
Limited numbers.

FRIDAY 18TH MAY

1.30 – 4.30pm

Writing and Walking Workshop

Queenscliff Neighbourhood House

$60 |

Author Ailsa Piper uses the local Queenscliff environment for writing inspiration.
Limited numbers.

FRIDAY 18TH MAY
IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM

George Ivanoff

Queenscliff Primary School

NOT TICKETED |

SATURDAY 19TH MAY

10 – 11am

Local Voices

Board Riders, Point Lonsdale

$25 |

Ian Duckworth (The Rip), Greg Jones (Walk A Crooked Mile), and Col Moyle (Indebted), facilitated by local author Dorothy Johnston.

SATURDAY 19TH MAY

1 – 2pm

Crime Writing

Queenscliff Town Hall

$25 |

Crime writing with renowned journalist Michael Brissenden (The List) and author Sarah Bailey (The Dark Lake), in conversation with Angela Savage, Director of Writers Victoria.

SATURDAY 19TH MAY

1 – 4pm

YA Writing Workshop

Queenscliff Neighbourhood House

$80 |

Gold Inky Book Award 2017 winner, author Cath Crowley (Words in Deep Blue) and editor Alison Arnold.
Limited numbers.

SATURDAY 19TH MAY

2.30 – 3.30pm

Shooting the Past

Queenscliff Uniting Church

$25 |

The Queenscliff Scooter Race, with author / historian Clare Wright, in collaboration with Queenscliff Historical Museum.

SATURDAY 19TH MAY

4 – 5pm

The Attachment

Queenscliff Town Hall

FREE | Sponsored by Writers Victoria

Letters arising from an unlikely friendship with author Ailsa Piper and Monsignor Tony Doherty.

SATURDAY 19TH MAY

5.30 – 6.30pm

Foreign Correspondence

Queenscliff Town Hall

$30 |

Acclaimed journalists Michael Brissenden and Hugh Riminton, in conversation with Damien Kingsbury, Professor of International Politics, Deakin University.

SUNDAY 20TH MAY

1 – 2pm

A Camino Experience

Queenscliff Town Hall

$20 |

Two Steps Forward with authors Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project) and Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse).

WEEK

O4

FRIDAY 25TH MAY

12 – 3pm

Masterclass in Chocolate

Point Lonsdale Bowling Club

$100 |

Learn, taste, and indulge in chocolate with Miek Paulus of Ketbaker.
Limited numbers.

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

10.30am – 12pm

Exploration

Queenscliff Library

FREE |

Tell your story. The Queenscliff Library and the Borough of Queenscliffe invite people of all ages to write a short story on ‘Exploration’. Please submit stories to the Queenscliff Library between Tuesday 1 May and Saturday 19 May. A number of writers will be invited to read their stories in the library.

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

11am – 12pm

Native Garden Design

Queenscliff Town Hall

$25 |

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants with Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters.

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

1 – 2pm

Travel – Kyoto & Tokyo

Queenscliff Town Hall

$25 |

Book designer and illustrator Michelle Mackintosh and author / DJ Steve Wide discuss their pocket precinct guides of Kyoto and Tokyo.

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

2.30 – 3.30pm

Travel – Paris

Queenscliff Town Hall

$20 |

Francophiles and writers Alexandra Carroll (Paris: An inspired wander through the City of Lights) and Jayne Tuttle share their passion for Paris.

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

4 – 5pm

Travel – New York

Queenscliff Town Hall

$20 |

Authors Alexandra Carroll (New York: an inspired wander through the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs) and 2017 Stella Prize winner Heather Rose (The Museum of Modern Love) explore New York City.

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

5.30 – 7pm

Finale

Queenscliff Town Hall

$15 |

Finale – community, art, books, and the Archibald. Geelong Art Gallery Director Jason Smith announces the winner of the Borough of Queenscliffe primary school Portrait Prize.

SUNDAY 27TH MAY

10am – 1pm

Creative Writing Workshop

Queenscliff Neighbourhood House

$10 |

The Queenscliff Neighbourhood House presents an introduction to Creative Writing.

Featured Authors

John Bell

John Bell is one of the nation’s most illustrious theatre personalities. Award-winning actor, acclaimed director, risk-taking impresario, torch-bearing educationalist, and speaker on leadership.

Robert Dessaix

One of Australia’s best-loved writers, Robert Dessaix is a former Russian scholar and presenter of a national book program on ABC radio.