The Queenscliffe literary festival, now in its third year opened to rave reviews with sell-out keynote speakers over the first weekend, 5th and 6th May.

With the theme of ‘Exploration’ the festival is hosting acclaimed and emerging authors, journalists and enthusiasts to speak at events throughout May. The festival showcases literature across all genres, in fiction and non-fiction and includes writing workshops, music and food events. For the first time this year’s festival is hosting a ‘Death Over Dinner’ event and chocolate masterclass.

The opening weekend featured John Bell, founder of the Bell Shakespeare company speaking on his ‘Life in Shakespeare’ and acclaimed author Robert Dessaix, on his travels and writing in ‘A Writer’s Walk around the World’ with both events held to sell-out crowds.

This weekend’s events will include a discussion celebrating the library, a conversation with Miles Franklin Award winners Sofie Laguna and Josephine Wilson, a session on the memories of music and Hugh White discussing his Quarterly Essay article on‘Australia In The New Asia’, among other activities.

Hosting a range of events during the week and weekends, other popular events include a crime fiction panel; a foreign correspondent’s panel with Michael Brissenden and Hugh Riminton; a Young Adult writing workshop with award-winning Cath Crowley; native gardening talk by authors of the book Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants; travel writing talks on Paris, Kyoto, Tokyo and New York; a talk on World War 1 Major-General Pompey Elliott by acclaimed biographer Ross McMullin; and many more.

See all Queenscliffe Literary Festival has to offer until the 27th of May.


Dates: 4 - 27 May 2018

Location: various venues in Queenscliffe and Point Lonsdale

Cost: Free and ticketed events

Queenscliff Literary Festival Website

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