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Queenscliffe Literary Festival

The Queenscliffe Literary Festival is a boutique literary festival that celebrates Australian author talent and literature across all genres, including fiction and non-fiction, each weekend in May. The festival will include two high-profile keynote speakers and a VCE Writing Prize for students on the Bellarine Peninsula. The festival is proud of its annual Kids Day event in which local students participate in a free event with authors and illustrators.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Friday 4 May 2018
    In collaboration with the Queenscliffe Literary Festival,the Queenscliff Gallery Workshop is showcasing The Australian Literary Print Exchange. A display of selected artist's visual interpretations of the work of Australian authors, playwrights, and poets through printmaking. Special guest John Bell AO (Bell Shakespeare Company). Sponsored by Jack Rabbit and Shelter Shed. Limited numbers.
    Queenscliff Gallery Workshop
  • Saturday 5 May 2018
    Opening Night / Keynote address and Q&A with John Bell AO and OBE and Living National Treasure and Bell Shakespeare founder: My Life in Shakespeare. Wine and cheese included.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 6 May 2018
    Opening Weekend / Keynote Address with acclaimed author Robert Dessaix - A Writer's Walk Around the World.
    Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
  • Thursday 10 May 2018
    QLF / Deakin VCE Writing Prize announcement by YA author Mark Smith.
    Point Lonsdale Board Riders
  • Friday 11 May 2018
    Josephine Wilson (Extinctions), winner of the Miles Franklin Award 2017, writing exploration from beginning to end. Limited numbers. This tour is presented in association with Writers Victoria through the Touring Victoria program which is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
    Queenscliff Neighbourhood House
  • Saturday 12 May 2018
    Life, Love and Death on Tanzania's Hanang Plains with author Charles Lane.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 May 2018
    The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders. An exploration of libraries, a celebration of books and spaces, past and present, with author Stuart Kells and Geelong Library CEO Patti Manolis.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 May 2018
    'Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words' explored in his letters by award-winning historian and biographer Ross McMullin.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 May 2018
    Miles Franklin award-winners Josephine Wilson (Extinctions 2017) and Sofie Laguna (The Eye of the Sheep 2015) in conversation with Associate Professor Maria Takolander. This tour is presented in association with Writers Victoria through the Touring Victoria program which is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 May 2018
    Andrew Ford, music writer, composer, and Radio National presenter, discusses his latest book with Professor David McCooey of Deakin University and local musician Andrea Robertson.
    Tussock Upstairs Gallery
  • Saturday 12 May 2018
    Local author and Lighthouse Arts Collective member, Sally Lewry, launches her debut poetry book, 'Able in the Presence of Rocks', a collection of poems exploring themes of death, grief, life, and birth.
    New Hall
  • Sunday 13 May 2018
    Hugh White, author and Professor of Strategic Studies at ANU, discusses his new Quarterly Essay 'Without America'.
    Queenscliff Uniting Church
  • Thursday 17 May 2018
    A conversation about life, not about death, with authors Ailsa Piper and Dr Leah Kaminsky in conversation with acclaimed journalist Caroline Baum over dinner. Limited numbers.
    Salt Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Friday 18 May 2018
    Author Ailsa Piper uses the local Queenscliff environment as inspiration for writing. Limited numbers.
    Queenscliff Neighbourhood House
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    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.
    Point Lonsdale Board Riders
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    Renowned journalist Michael Brissenden and author Sarah Bailey in conversation with Angela Savage, Director of Writers Victoria, on crime writing.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    Author Cath Crowley, 2017 Gold Inky Book Award winner, and editor Alison Arnold host a Young Adult writing workshop.
    Queenscliff Neighbourhood House
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    The Queenscliff Scooter Race with author and historian Clare Wright, in collaboration with Queenscliff Historical Museum.
    Queenscliff Uniting Church
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    An exploration of letters arising from an unlikely friendship with author Ailsa Piper and Monsignor Tony Doherty.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 19 May 2018
    Acclaimed journalists Michael Brissenden and Hugh Riminton in conversation with Damien Kingsbury, Professor of International Politics at Deakin University.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 20 May 2018
    'Two Steps Forward', with authors Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project) and Anne Buist (Medea's Curse).
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Friday 25 May 2018
    Learn, taste and indulge in chocolate with Miek Paulus from Ketbaker.
    Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    The Queenscliff Library and the Borough of Queenscliffe invite people of all ages to write a short story on 'exploration'. Please drop stories into the Queenscliff Library between Tuesday 1 May and Saturday 19 May. A number of writers will then be invited to read their stories in the library.
    Queenscliff Library
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    Native Art and Design with Australian Plants with Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    Book designer Michelle Mackintosh and author Steve Wide discuss their pocket guides to the best cultural hangouts, shops, bars, and eateries in Kyoto and Tokyo.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    Francophiles and writers Alexandra Carroll (Paris: An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights) and Jayne Tuttle share their passion for Paris.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    Authors Alexandra Carroll and Heather Rose, 2017 Stella Prize winner, talk about the magic of the city that never sleeps.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    Finale of community, art, and books inspired by the Archibald. Geelong Art Gallery Director Jason Smith announces the winner of the Borough of Queenscliffe primary school Portrait Prize.
    Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
    The Queenscliff Neighbourhood presents an introduction to creative writing.
    Queenscliff Neighbourhood House

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