Main theatre


Opening address

Official opening by Councillor Bev Colomb.

Introductions by Master of Ceremonies, Andrea McCall.

10:20 - 11:00am

Father Bob Maguire

Melbourne's beloved holyman, Father Bob, reflects on his biography, Father Bob:The Larrikin Priest (by Sue Williams) and the making of the documentary, In Bob We Trust.

11:00 - 11:40am

Paul Kennedy

Paul discusses his books, Fifteen Young Men, the previously untold tragedy of the Mornington Football Club, whose players boarded a boat following an away game in Mordialloc in 1892 but never made it home. Paul also discuses Hell on The Way to Heaven, an expose of the corruption at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church and misrelated documentary Undeniable which investigates the decades of abuse in religious and state institutions, from elite inner city schools, to remote aboriginal missions.

11:40am - 12:20pm

Andrew Rule

Sex, Death & Betrayal:  Andrew makes the case that so-called 'true crime' is in fact the most enduring subject of drama and literature and cinema, from the Ancient Greek tragedies and Roman history to Shakespeare and Hollywood. 

12:20 - 1:00pm

Johanna Duyvestyn

Johanna is the spokeswoman for Effective Altruism Melbourne and committee member for The Life You Can Save. The Life You Can Save organisation was established in 2011 to promote the ideas set out in Peter Singer’s book of the same name. It is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. The Life You Can Save encourages people to give a small proportion of their income to highly effective aid organisations.

1:00 - 1:40pm

Garry Disher

My Life of Crime: With an international readership for his crime novels, Peninsula local Garry Disher discusses the appeal of crime fiction and how he crafts his own. 

1:40 - 2:20pm

Lazaros Zigomanis

On Pride: Lazaros Zigomanis discusses his book, Pride. Lazaros' latest literary offering is a hard tackle with an underlying twist that will leave readers wide-eyed and asking for justice from the barriers. A must-read for all who love a good ol' game of footy and believe in the unbelievable.

2:20 - 3:00pm

Nicky Johnston

Nicky Johnston will share the detailed process of writing and illustrating children's books and the value of using them as discussion starters with children.

3:00 - 3:40pm

Tony Wilson

In the mind of a child: On the the art and craft of good writing for kids. Does mining one’s own childhood work? What is the role of research and observation? How do we make rhyme appealing and easy to read?  Tony will read excerpts from his writing for children, and provide insight into the creative decision making process.

3:40 - 4:20pm

Anson Cameron

Mixed mail bag: Thoughts from a columnist's desk on receiving fan and hate mail. An exploration of how people (can't) read satire and how few people understand humour. 

4:20 - 5:00pm

Andrew Jobling

Write, publish, profit: Why it’s worth being a published author and how you can do it.

5:00 - 5:15pm

Closing address 

by Andrea McCall