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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

  • Saturday 11 May 2019
    Buy and Save! 1 x Weekend ticket to ALL events Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May 2019 (including Opening Night) to the 2019 Queenscliffe Literary Festival.
    Refer Program for all venues 11th & 12 May 2019
  • Saturday 11 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - The ABC's science broadcaster, Robyn Williams (Turmoil) and Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty (The Incidental Tourist, reflect on their crowded lifetimes of observation. Facilitator: TBA
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
  • Saturday 11 May 2019
    Buy and Save! 1 x Whole Festival Ticket to ALL events Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May 2019 (including Opening Night) Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May and Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26th May to the 2019 Queenscliffe Literary Festival. Excludes dinner, ferry and lunch and workshops
    Refer Program for all venues
  • Saturday 11 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson in conversation with Hannie Rayson discussing her raw and moving reflection on mothers and daughters
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 11 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - 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 Facilitator: Sarah L'Estrange
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Lighthouse Arts Collective
  • Saturday 11 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - 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 Sponsored by Deakin University
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 12 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - Author and comedian, Meshel Laurie (Bad Buddhist) and the ABC's Hilary Harper share stories and their own experiences of becoming mothers. Facilitator: Maria O'Shannessy
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
  • Sunday 12 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - 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
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
  • Sunday 12 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - 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 In conversation with Emmett Stinson
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
  • Friday 17 May 2019
    WORKSHOP: This workshop is for writers who have a first draft of a novel and want tips on structure and plot. Toni Jordan
    Queenscliffe Community Hall
  • Saturday 18 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Born in hope, died of neglect. What is the actual story? Diana Sawyer
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Uniting Church
  • Saturday 18 May 2019
    Buy and Save! 1 x Weekend ticket to ALL events Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May 2019 (excludes workshops, lunch and sail) to the 2019 Queenscliff Literary Festival.
    Refer Program for all venues 18th & 19th May 2019 (excludingWorkshops)
  • Saturday 18 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents - 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. Facilitator: Toni Jordan
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 18 May 2019
    You can book for the Event only or if coming from the Eastern Suburbs or Mornington Peninsula, sail from Sorrento with Searoad Ferries’ Sail and Lunch package. 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. Facilitator: Angela Savage
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Saturday 18 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: The childhood homes of Alice Pung (Close to Home) and Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt) are planets apart but distinctly Australian. Facilitator: David McCooey
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Uniting Church
  • Saturday 18 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: The one-man show dramatises the true story of the Ticonderoga - a sea voyage, a tragedy, a love story Performed by Michael Veitch.
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 19 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Australian crime writer Michael Robotham is a global best selling author. In conversation with Meg Mundell, he walks us through the twists and turns of his brilliant career.
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 19 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Titus O'Reily (A Sporting Chance) and George Megalogenis (The Football Solution) kick around a few ideas about how solutions to the political impasse may well lie in our beloved pastime. Facilitator: Alicia Sometimes
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Cricket Club
  • Sunday 19 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Two of Australia's finest writers - Toni Jordan (The Fragments) and Christian White (the Nowhere Child) discuss loss, secrets, love and family. Facilitator: Meg Mundell
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 19 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brainpower
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Friday 24 May 2019
    WORKSHOP: This workshop is for writers who have a project and would like tips and advice on how to proceed with research Jock Serong
    Queenscliffe Community Hall
  • Friday 24 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: A special dinner to celebrate the lives of Mirka and Georges Mora. (Not included in Weekend Tickets). Introduction by William Mora with Special Guests, authors and curators, Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan NB: Please contact the restaurant to advise any dietary requirements. (03) 5257 4200
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - 360Q Restaurant
  • Saturday 25 May 2019
    Harriet Gaffney and Justin D'Ath share tips and hints to help you see your book in print
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Library
  • Saturday 25 May 2019
    Buy and Save! 1 x Weekend ticket to ALL events Saturday 25th May & Sunday 26th May 2019 (excludes Friday 24 May event, workshops, lunch and sail) to the 2019 Queenscliff Literary Festival. Queenscliffe Literary Festival Weekend 3
    Refer Program for all venues 25th&26thMay 2019(excludingWorkshops, Sail & lunch)
  • Saturday 25 May 2019
    Award-winning novelist, Jock Serong (Preservation) and actor and writer Peter Phelps (The Bulldog Track) discuss incredible stories of survival. Facilitator: Harriet Gaffney
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Maritime Museum
  • Saturday 25 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Curators and authors, Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan discuss the heady mix of food, culture and celebrity brought to Melbourne by the irrepressible Moras.
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Salt Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Saturday 25 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of Australia's suffrage campaigners who became trailblazers across the world. Interviewed by Jock Serong
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Award-winning nature writer Harry Saddler shares the unbelievable story of this spectacular mass migration. In conversation with Sean Dooley
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: You can book for the Event only or if coming from the Eastern Suburbs or Mornington Peninsula, sail from Sorrento with Searoad Ferries’ Sail and Lunch package. Actor and storyteller William McInnes shares his memories. William McInnes in conversation with Sean Dooley
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
    WORKSHOP: Unleash your inner poet and passions with the extraordinary Emilie Zoey Baker Emilie Zoey Baker
    Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: 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
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival presents: Join two of Australia's most inquiring minds - Helen Garner (Everywhere I Look) and Richard Fidler (Saga Land) discussing what draws them to a story Chair: Michael Williams Sponsored by: Sencia - The Breeze
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
    Celebrating the conclusion of another fabulous QLF. Free but bookings essential.
    Queenscliffe Literary Festival - Queenscliff Town Hall

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