Over three weekends in May 2019, the Queenscliffe Literary Festival will celebrate the work of Australian writers and artists with a varied and inspiring schedule of events in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.

For our fifth year we are delighted to present a bumper program including panels, conversations, performance and a dinner celebrating the lives and cuisine of Mirka and Georges Mora. There will also be workshops for writers and artists and a free kids’ program held in primary schools, day care and kindergartens in the Borough of Queenscliffe. And once again we are proud to award the 2019 Deakin VCE Writing Prize for students on the Bellarine Peninsula.

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Festival Program 2019

WEEK 1, 2 & 3

Highlighted Events

SATURDAY 11 MAY

Kerry O’Brien in Conversation with Maxine McKew

6.30pm – 7.30pm

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$35 / Sponsored by Deakin University / Includes Wine and Cheese

Kerry O’Brien discusses his memoir in which he reflects on the upheavals he has witnessed, lessons learned and ignored, and the personalities who have made history.

Introduction: Maria Takolander

SATURDAY 18 MAY

Hell Ship – A Performance by Michael Veitch

6.30pm – 7.30pm

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$35 /

This one-man show dramatises the true story of the Ticonderoga – a sea voyage, a tragedy, a love story.

Performed by Michael Veitch

Hell Ship – A Performance by Michael Veitch

6.30pm – 7.30pm

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$35 /

This one-man show dramatises the true story of the Ticonderoga – a sea voyage, a tragedy, a love story.

Performed by Michael Veitch

SATURDAY 26 MAY

Helen Garner and Richard Fidler Finding the Story

3.00pm – 4.00pm

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$25 / Sponsored by The Breeze

Join two of Australia’s most inquiring minds – Helen Garner (Everywhere I Look) and Richard Fidler (Saga Land) discuss what draws them to a story.
Includes the announcement of the winners of the QLF Secondary School Writing Prize.

Helen Garner and Richard Fidler
Chair: Michael Williams

WEEK 1, 2 & 3

Weekend Packages

SATURDAY 11 MAY – SUNDAY 12 MAY

Various Times

Weekend 1: All Events Package

VARIOUS VENUES

$130 /

A weekend ticket to ALL events Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May 2019 (including Opening Night) to the 2019 Queenscliff Literary Festival.

Various Authors

SATURDAY 18 MAY – SUNDAY 19 MAY

Various Authors

Weekend 2: All Events Package

VARIOUS VENUES

$180 /

A weekend ticket to ALL events Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May 2019 (excludes workshops, lunch and sail) to the 2019 Queenscliff Literary Festival.

Various Authors

SATURDAY 25 MAY – SUNDAY 26 MAY

Various Times

Weekend 3: All Events Package

VARIOUS VENUES

$120 /

A weekend ticket to ALL events Saturday 25 May & Sunday 2h May 2019 (excludes Friday 24 May event, workshops, lunch and sail) to the 2019 Queenscliff Literary Festival.

Various Authors

WEEK

01

SATURDAY 11 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am

What the hell am I doing here?

POINT LONSDALE BOWLING CLUB

$20 /

The ABC’s science broadcaster, Robyn Williams (Turmoil), and Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty (The Incidental Tourist) reflect on their crowded lifetimes of observation.

Robyn Williams and Peter Doherty
Facilitator: TBA
12.00pm – 1.00pm

On Mother

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 /

ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson (On Mother) in conversation with Jamila Rizvi discussing her raw and moving reflection on mothers and daughters.

Sarah Ferguson
Interviewed by Jamila Rizvi
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Lessons in Life and Love from Nazi Germany

LIGHTHOUSE ARTS COLLECTIVE

$20 /

Based on true stories, Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Leah Kaminsky’s The Hollow Bones are both superb novels that remind us to pay attention to our recent history.

Leah Kaminsky and Heather Morris
Facilitator: Harriet Gaffney
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Kerry O’Brien in Conversation with Maxine McKew

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$35 / Sponsored by Deakin University / Includes Wine and Cheese

Kerry O’Brien discusses his memoir in which he reflects on the upheavals he has witnessed, lessons learned and ignored, and the personalities who have made history.

Introduction: Maria Takolander

SUNDAY 12 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am

Welcome to The Motherhood my dear

POINT LONSDALE BOWLING CLUB

$25 /

Two of Melbourne’s brightest minds, Jamila Rizvi (The Motherhood) and Meshel Laurie (Bad Buddhist) share their wisdom.

Jamila Rizvi and Meshel Laurie
Facilitator: Maria O’Shannessy
12.00pm – 1.00pm

Boy Swallows Universe

POINT LONSDALE BOWLING CLUB

$20 /

Award-winning journalist Trent Dalton discusses his debut novel, a literary tale of brotherhood, love and the most unlikely friendship.

Trent Dalton
In conversation with Maria Takolander
4.00pm – 5.00pm

Trigger Warnings

POINT LONSDALE BOWLING CLUB

$20 /

The world’s eight richest billionaires control as much wealth as the poorest half of the planet. Hear Jeff Sparrow’s persuasive case for a new kind of politics.

Jeff Sparrow
In conversation with Emmett Stinson

WEEK

02

SATURDAY 18 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am

The Queenscliff Botanic Gardens Story

QUEENSCLIFF UNITING CHURCH

$15 /

Born in hope, died of neglect. What is the actual story?

Diana Sawyer
12.00pm – 1.00pm

Sun-soaked Rural Australia

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 /

Join novelists, Rosalie Ham (The Year of the Farmer) and Martine Murray (The Last Summer of Ada Bloom) as they discuss the drama, secrets and intrigue of small-town life.

Rosalie Ham and Martine Murray
Facilitator: Toni Jordan
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Killer Reads

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$25 / Event Only
$64 / Searoad Ferries Sail and Lunch Package Event

Leading the renaissance in Australian crime writing, Michael Robotham (The Other Wife), Emma Viskic (And Fire Came Down) and Mark Brandi (The Rip) are killing it!

Emma Viskic, Mark Brandi and Michael Robotham
Facilitator: Angela Savage
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Home

QUEENSCLIFF UNITING CHURCH

$25 /

The childhood homes of Alice Pung (Close to Home) and Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt) are planets apart but distinctly Australian.

Alice Pung and Rick Morton
Facilitator: David McCooey
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Hell Ship – A Performance by Michael Veitch

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$35 /

This one-man show dramatises the true story of the Ticonderoga – a sea voyage, a tragedy, a love story.

Performed by Michael Veitch

SUNDAY 19 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am

His Brilliant Career

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 /

Australian crime writer Michael Robotham is a global bestselling author. In conversation with acclaimed novelist Stephanie Bishop*, he walks us through the twists and turns of his brilliant career.

Michael Robotham
Interviewed by Stephanie Bishop*

*We are sorry to advise that Stephanie Bishop can no longer attend QLF 2019 as she has been invited to do a Fellowship in the US. A new interviewer to be advised.

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Sport Rules!

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 /

George Megalogenis (The Football Solution) and Titus O’Reily (A Sporting Chance) discuss how the solutions to some big issues may lie in our beloved pastime.

George Megalogenis and Titus O’Reily
Facilitator: Alicia Sometimes
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Mystery at the Heart of Fiction

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$25 /

Three of Australia’s finest writers – Toni Jordan (The Fragments), Christian White (The Nowhere Child) and Stephanie Bishop* (Man Out of Time) – discuss loss, secrets, love and family.

Toni Jordan, Christian White and Stephanie Bishop*
Facilitator: Meg Mundell

*We are sorry to advise that Stephanie Bishop can no longer attend QLF 2019 as she has been invited to do a Fellowship in the US.

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Rewording the Brain

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$25 /

Crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brainpower.

David Astle

WEEK

03

Friday 24 MAY

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Mirka and Georges Dinner

360Q

$70 / Includes welcome drink

Join us for a special dinner to celebrate the lives of Mirka and Georges Mora.

Introduction by William Mora
Special Guests: Authors and Curators from Heide: Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan

SATURDAY 25 MAY

10.30am – 11.30am

Getting Published

QUEENSCLIFF LIBRARY

FREE / Bookings Necessary

Harriet Gaffney and Justin D’Ath share tips and hints to help you see your book in print.

Harriet Gaffney and Justin D’Ath
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Historical Australian Adventures

QUEENSCLIFF MARITIME MUSEUM

$20 /

Award-winning novelist, Jock Serong (Preservation) and actor and writer Peter Phelps (The Bulldog Track) discuss incredible stories of survival.

Jock Serong and Peter Phelps
Facilitator: Harriet Gaffney
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Mirka and Georges

Salt Contemporary Art

$20 /

Curators and authors, Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan discuss the heady mix of food, culture and celebrity brought to Melbourne by the irrepressible Moras.

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan
3.30pm – 4.30pm

You Daughters of Freedom

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 /

Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of Australia’s suffrage campaigners who became trailblazers across the world.

Clare Wright
Interviewed by Jock Serong

SUNDAY 26 MAY

10.00am – 11.00am

The Eastern Curlew

QUEENSCLIFF LIBRARY

$20 /

Award-winning nature writer Harry Saddler shares the unbelievable story of this spectacular mass migration.

Harry Saddler
In conversation with Sean Dooley
12.00pm – 1.00pm

Fatherhood: Stories about being a Dad

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 / Event Only
$59 / Searoad Ferries Sail and Lunch Package Event

Actor and storyteller William McInnes shares his memories.

William McInnes
In conversation with Sean Dooley
1.30pm – 2.30pm

A Cat’s-Eye View of Maritime History

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$20 /

Philippa Sandall (Seafurrers) tells true stories about adventurous cats at sea. With live illustrations by Ad Long. For cat lovers of all ages.

Philippa Sandall and Ad Long
3.00pm – 4.00pm

Finding the Story

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

$25 / Sponsored by The Breeze

Join two of Australia’s most inquiring minds – Helen Garner (Everywhere I Look) and Richard Fidler (Saga Land) discuss what draws them to a story.

Includes the announcement of the winners of the QLF Secondary School Writing Prize.

Helen Garner and Richard Fidler
Chair: Michael Williams
4.30pm

2019 Celebration

QUEENSCLIFF TOWN HALL

FREE /

Celebrating the conclusion of another fabulous QLF.

WEEK 1 & 2

In-School Programs

THURSDAY 9 MAY

All Day

Nicki Greenberg

ST ALOYSIUS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Not ticketed /

FRIDAY 10 MAY

All Day

Nicki Greenberg

POINT LONSDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Not ticketed /
All Day

Leigh Hobbs

QUEENSCLIFF PRIMARY SCHOOL

Not ticketed /

THURSDAY 16 MAY

All Day

Liz McGrath
(shared workshop)

LONSDALE HOUSE CHILDCARE /
QUEENSCLIFF KINDERGARTEN

Not ticketed /

WEEK 1,2 & 3

Workshops

FRIDAY 17 MAY

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Fiction Workshop: Write Your Novel Well with Toni Jordan

QUEENSCLIFFE COMMUNITY HALL

$60 /

This workshop is for writers who have a first draft of a novel and want tips on structure and plot.

SATURDAY 18 MAY

9.30am – 4.30pm

Doll Making Workshop

QUEENSCLIFF NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

$90 / Includes Paint Supplies

An insight into Mirka Mora’s working methods with Deb Brearley.

Book at the Neighbourhood House or online at qnhouse@fastmail.fm

FRIDAY 24 MAY

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Workshop with Jock Serong: Research your book expertly

QUEENSCLIFFE COMMUNITY HALL

$60 /

This workshop is for writers who have a project and would like tips and advice on how to proceed with research.

SUNDAY 26 MAY

12.00pm – 3.00pm

Performance Poetry Workshop:

QUEENSCLIFF NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

$60 /

Unleash your inner poet and passions with the extraordinary Emilie Zoey Baker.

Emilie Zoey Baker

WEEK 2 & 3

Events at Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop

The Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop presents two special events to coincide with the Festival.

Book at the Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop or online at qgw.com.au

Oakdene wines to be served at each of these events.

FRIDAY 17 MAY

7.00pm – 9.00pm

An intimate evening with Jim Pavlidis and Michael Leunig

QUEENSCLIFF GALLERY & WORKSHOP

$110 / Limited Numbers

Join us for supper and conversation about culture and emotion in life.

FRIDAY 24 MAY

7.0pm – 9.00pm

Alcestis – A play-reading by leading Australian actors: Lachlan Woods and Laura Burzacott

QUEENSCLIFF GALLERY & WORKSHOP

$25 / Includes light refreshments and Oakdene Wines /
Course Langauge / Limited Numbers

Join us for the world premiere reading of playwright Kat Moritz’s radical adaptation of Euripides’ Alcestis.

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