About The Festival

Entering its fourth year in May 2018, the Queenscliffe Literary Festival (QLF) celebrates Australian authors with events each weekend in May, in the historic, seaside towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. The theme for 2018 is ‘Exploration’.

The festival showcases literature across all genres, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, writing workshops, music, politics, history and the celebration of food. It allows the regional audience of the Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong, Surf Coast, and greater Victoria access to author events. The QLF also holds a free in-school program for local children.

Founded in 2015 by bookseller Marylou Gilbert and editor Alice Barker, the festival is run by a committee of management as a not-for-profit incorporated association (A0093967L).

In 2018, the Borough of Queenscliffe is the QLF’s principal sponsor, and The Point is another major sponsor.

About The Authors

Alison Arnold

Sarah Bailey

Caroline Baum

John Bell

About The Kids Days

The QLF organises authors and illustrators for an annual day-long FREE in-school incursion program for kindergarten and primary school students in the Borough of Queenscliffe. Our aim is to connect our youngest readers with authors and illustrators to inspire them to read, write, and draw more.

The day includes a variety of role-plays, story ideas, storytelling, live drawing, and drawing activities. In 2018, there is an ‘author in residence’ for a day at each of the three local primary schools, as well as a dedicated kindergarten author/illustrator.

The QLF is committed to child safety. Click the button below to view the QLF Child-Safe Statement of Commitment and Code of Conduct.

About The Committee

Marylou Gilbert

Alice Barker

Georgie Clegg

Marion Benfell

About The Venues

The QLF takes place across a variety of venues in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, including the Queenscliff Town Hall, the Queenscliff Neighbourhood House, the Point Lonsdale Board Rider’s Club, local art galleries, and the Point Lonsdale Bowling Club, amongst others.

There is an endless list of attractions in the region for visitors to explore: lighthouses, beaches, wineries, historical walks, galleries, bookshops, boutique shopping, fishing, golfing, numerous restaurants and cafes.

The Borough of Queenscliffe is located approximately 105km south-west of Melbourne and 35km east of Geelong and sits at the eastern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula, opposite Point Nepean at Port Phillip Heads.

The ferry service runs from Sorrento to Queenscliff. Queenscliff is less than an hour’s drive from Avalon Airport and one and a half hours from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.