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Saturday 6th May, 6.30pm–8.00pm Opening Night Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker Jennifer Byrne, acclaimed journalist and host of the much-loved program The Book Club on ABC TV, Jennifer shares her view on the Craft, Importance and Impact of a Story Well Told. In conversation with Kate Torney, CEO State Library of Victoria. SOLD OUT
Venue: Queenscliff Town Hall. Cost $35 (Incl. cheese & glass of wine).

Sunday 7th May, 12pm–1.30pm Joanna Murray-Smith A Love Of Books And A Luncheon
Joanna is one of Australia’s most successful playwrights, her works including Switzerland, Songs for Nobodies, Bombshells. She has published widely and written for screen, including opera libretti Love in the Age of Therapy and The Divorce, recently on ABC TV.  SOLD OUT
Venue: Point Lonsdale Bowling Club. Cost $35 (Incl. light lunch) Drinks at bar prices.

Friday 12th May, 10am-3pm Kids StoryBook Making
Nine acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators workshop how to make a book, from idea through to inception, writing and artwork, with students from the Borough of Queenscliffe’s three local primary schools, kindergarten, and day care centre. Not ticketed, in school event.
Venue: Point Lonsdale Primary School. FREE

Friday 12th May, 6.30-8pm An Evening With Miles Literary Award Winners
The two most recent winners of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Sofie Laguna (Eye of the Sheep) and A.S. Patric (Black Rock, White City), in conversation with the Directors of Writers Victoria, Kate Larsen ,Sponsor Writers Victoria
Venue: Queenscliff Town Hall. Cost $20 Drinks at bar prices.

Saturday 13h May, 10am-1pm Crime Writers WORKSHOP
Anna George, lawyer turned author of acclaimed What Came Before, runs an Introduction to Crime Writing and Plotting Workshop.
Venue: Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House. Cost $60 Limited numbers

Saturday 13h May, 10am-4pm Fiction Writers WORKSHOP
Sofie Laguna Miles Franklin Award-winning author teaches Fiction Foundations: Character and Plot.
Venue: Vue Grand Hotel. Cost $120 Includes lunch, limited numbers

Saturday 13th May, 11am-12.30pm Life and Death
Award-winning fiction and non-fiction author Dr. Leah Kaminsky (The Waiting Room and We’re all Going to Die) speaking with Writers Victoria’s Harriet Gaffney on the tragedy and celebrations of life and death.
Venue: Queenscliff Uniting Church. Cost $20

Saturday 13th May, 1pm-2.30pm Migration and Refugees
Mariam Issa author of A Resilient Life, and A.S Patric Miles Franklin award-winning author of Black Rock White City, speak about Migration, Refugees and Hope. Facilitator author John Bartlett.
Venue: Queenscliff Uniting Church. Cost $30

Saturday 13th May, 3pm–4.30pm Crime At Its Best
Award-winning crime fiction writers Jock Serong, Mark Smith and Jane Harper discuss their strong rural and coastal themes as background to plot. Facilitator acclaimed local author Dorothy Johnston.
Venue: Queenscliff Town Hall. Cost $30 (Drinks at bar prices).

Saturday 13th May. 5.30-7pm Indigenous Culture
Bruce Pascoe, NSW Premier’s Literary Award-winning author of Dark Emu, and Kim Mahood, artist and author of Position Doubtful, talk about the rich, and revealing history of Australia’s incredible Indigenous culture. Facilitator Harriet Gaffney.
Venue: Queenscliff Town Hall. Cost $10

Sunday 14th May, 10-11am Art In Country
Kim Mahood, author of Position Doubtful in conversation with renowned Indigenous Art Historian Susan McCulloch explores the contemporary story of the Tanami Desert, and provides a unique portrait of the complexities of black and white relations in contemporary Australia.
Venue: Salt Gallery Downstairs. Cost $20

Mother’s Day Event

Sunday 14th May, 2-3.30pm      Passion and Power In Short Stories
Deakin University’s Associate Professor Maria Takolander, poet and short story author, with debut author Laura Elizabeth Woollett (For the Love of a Bad Man), share their writing and passion for short stories.
Venue: Tussock Gallery Upstairs, Point Lonsdale. NB NEW VENUE Cost $35 (Bubbles and light high tea, Sponsor Deakin University).

Friday 19th May, 6.30–8pm “How to Speak of Peace Now?”
Dr. Barry Hill and Raimond Gaita in conversation about the themes of Barry Hill’s Peacemongers          

Venue: Queenscliff Town Hall. Cost $25 (Drinks at bar prices).(Updated from Program)

Saturday 20th May, 10-11am Saturday Morning Conversation
Professor Peter Doherty highly acclaimed scientist, Nobel Prize Winner and author, of “The Knowledge Wars”. Professor Peter Doherty explores the universal challenges of Science as a Story.
Venue: Pt Lonsdale Bowling Club. Cost $15 (Includes light refreshments).

Saturday 20h May, 10am-1pm Young Adult Fiction Writing WORKSHOP CBCA Award-winning author Fiona Wood shares her unique insights into writing and market trends for Young Adults.
Venue: Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House. Cost $60 Limited numbers

Saturday 20th May, 1pm–2.30pm Dogged Little Theatre Company
The Big Jump – a tragic comedy. Written by Sandy Fairthorne , Directed by Jacqui Connor. Followed by a Q&A with the players and the Director.
Venue: Point Lonsdale Board Riders Club. Cost $25  CANCELLED – REFUNDS AVAILABLE THROUGH TRY BOOKING


Saturday 20th May, 3-4.30pm Songwriting and Storytelling
Acclaimed authors and musicians Holly Throsby (Goodwood) and Peggy Frew (Hope Farm) in conversation with local musician Matt Davis.We regret to announce that due to sudden (non critical illness), Holly Throsby is unable to appear today at the Queenscliffe Literary Festival . Mark Lang of Skipping Girl Vinegar will now join Peggy Frew and Matt Davis

Venue: Queenscliff Town Hall. Cost $25 (Drinks at bar prices).

Saturday 20th May, 6-7.30pm Great Debate – Fiction is Fluff
A light-hearted look at storytelling, non-fiction and fiction. Panellists Mark Smith,Dorothy Johnson,Maryanne Vagg and Professor Peter Doherty with Associate Professor Maria Takolander as adjudicator.( Program Update
Venue: Queenscliffe Town Hall. Cost $25 (Drinks at bar prices. Sponsor Deakin University).

Sunday 21st May, 1-2.30pm Voyaging to Australia
Dr Roslyn Russell gives an enlightening insight into the danger and romance of free settlers from Britain and Ireland travelling to Australia in the 19th Century and shares stories from her book High Seas & High Teas.
Venue: Queenscliffe Maritime Musuem. Cost $20 (Drinks at bar prices).

Thursday 25th May, 10.30-11.30am Queenscliffe Historical Museum
MAY TALK Mary Grundy the Beach at Queenscliff
Venue: Queenscliffe Uniting Church Hall. FREE (Preceded with tea and coffee from 10am).

Friday 26th May, 12-3pm Masterclass, Just Desserts
Emily Ditcham, the new dessert queen, from CAKESMITH Geelong, will present a three hour Masterclass, on all things naughty but nice!
Venue: Pt Lonsdale Bowling Club. Cost $90 (Includes bubbles and sweet sensations, limited numbers). SOLD OUT

Friday 26th May, 6-7.30pm Margaret Preston
Lesley Harding author of Margaret Preston, Recipes for Food and Art, and curator Heide Gallery, in conversation with Jason Smith, Geelong Art Gallery Director.
Venue: Tussock Gallery Upstairs. Cost $30 (Includes glass of bubbles and small tasting, limited numbers).

Saturday 27th May, 8.30-10.30am Basil’s Farm Winery Breakfast and Garden Tour
Kim Dema,General Manager,Ben Shaw, Permaculture Gardener, will share the story and the passion of Basil’s Farm. Special Guest Miek Paulus , will excite you with her personal story of moving from her birthplace in Belgium, and career as an engineer, to following her passions for love of baking; and particularly SOURDOUGH, that has brought her to Leopold on the Bellarine Peninsula; and, the development of her amazing bakery the Ket baker.Breakfast will consist of delicious produce from the garden, followed by a tour of the garden with Ben Shaw.
Venue: Basil’s Farm Winery. Cost $60.(Updated from the Printed Program)
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Saturday 27th May, 10.30-11am Fiction, Fact or Embellishment – What’s Your Story About Place?
The Borough of Queenscliffe in partnership with Queenscliff Library and the festival invites you to write your story about a place in Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale where you have had an adventure, been inspired, delighted, refreshed, enthused, motivated, encouraged or moved. During May, look for maps located throughout the community to share your story. The Queenscliff Library will be the major collection and display point for this collaborative activity. On Saturday 27th May from 10.30-11am, six selected stories will be told at a spoken word event at the Queenscliff Library.
Venue: Queenscliffe Library. FREE (Preceded with tea and coffee from 10am).

Saturday 27h May, 1-4pm Introduction To Creative Writing WORKSHOP
Convened by the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Writers Group Members
This workshop will help start you on the road to release the author within. New writers, returning writers and those who have always wanted to ‘have a go’ but just need the opportunity in a fun, warm, safe environment.
Venue: Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House. Cost $10 BYO pen, paper and enthusiasm.

Saturday 27th May, 1.30-3pm Music & Poetry
Author/Musician Gregory Day (Archipelago of Souls) and Poet/Musician Professor David McCooey (Star Struck) share their love of words and music through performance and reading.
NB Change of Venue: Queenscliff Inn Circa 1902  59 Hesse St. Queenscliff

Cost $20 (Drinks at bar prices. Sponsor Deakin University).

Saturday 27th May, 3.30-5pm Performance Poetry
Omar Musa author, rapper and poet. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. Omar’s critically acclaimed novel Here Come the Dogs was long listed for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Saturday 27th May, 6-7.30pm Festival Finale – Music & Books
A fun-filled festival finale with local personalities sharing their love of books and music. Skipping Girl Vinegar lead singer Mark Lang, Queenscliff Music Festival book author Sue Beeton, ukulele queen Jane Rodwell and singer Rose Bygrave.
Venue: Queenscliffe Town Hall. Cost $15 (Drinks at bar prices).

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