2019

Three weekends in May

Saturday 11TH – Saturday 25TH

Conversations

VARIOUS VENUES IN QUEENSCLIFF AND POINT LONSDALE

Tickets will be online and through the Bookshop at Queenscliffe and the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre from March 10th 2019

2019 Festival Program will be available March 10th 2019

2018 Program

WEEK

01

FRIDAY 4TH MAY

6 – 7pm

Australian Literary Print Exchange

Queenscliff Gallery Workshop

$30 | Includes wine and cheese
Sponsored by Shelter Shed and Jack Rabbit Winery

The Australian Literary Print Exchange, displays artist’s visual interpretation of the work of Australian authors, playwrights and poets, through printmaking. Special guest John Bell AO (Bell Shakespeare Company).

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

02

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
This tour is presented in association with Writers Victoria through the Touring Victoria program which is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative 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
This tour is presented in association with Writers Victoria through the Touring Victoria program which is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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

03

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 |

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

Note change: Ian Duckworth will not be at the event

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 Queenscliffe 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

04

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.

Testimonials

‘The other panellists were generous and engaging … I’m happy to support this festival because it’s well run, by people committed to literature.’

Robert Gott, author of The Port Fairy Murders

‘Wild horses couldn’t drag me away (from the festival).’

Andrew Rule, author of Kerry Stokes

‘(The festival) had a lovely, friendly feel and was extremely well organised. It was a pleasure to meet such enthusiastic children and teachers.’

Alison Reynolds (Kids’ day author)

 ‘The most fun I’d had in ages.’

Jordan, facilitator of memoir event

‘Great people, great selection.’

Ben Shewry, chef at Attica restaurant

‘Overall, a wonderful festival.’

Attendee who came to both Keynote events and one more event

‘The festival was a delightful surprise in a week when walking outdoors was unpleasant.’

Attendee who came to two events