Congratulations to the winners of The Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes 2016! The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2016 First Prize Rose Damon, ‘The Line’ Runner-Up Fikret Pajalic, ‘Soul to Sell’ Highly Commended Melanie Cheng, ‘Hotel Cambodia’ Commended Melinda Woledge, ‘Birthright’ Short-listed Anna Brasier, ‘Ponds Cold Cream’ Annie Forbes, ‘The Tin Snail’ Jacqui Horwood, ‘The Famine […]

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Sold Out!

Here’s a listing of all the sessions that have sold out: Billie B Mysteries & Hey Jack! with Sally Rippin Audiobooks Come Alive with Stig Wemyss The Unseen ANZAC with Jeff Maynard (Saturday session only –  tickets available for Sunday session) So You Have an Idea for a Book…Now What? with Writers Victoria Pathways to […]

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We’re thrilled to share two films with you profiling Willy Lit Fest highlights from the 2015 festival. We hope these whet your appetite to come and join us at #willylitfest16. The first one is produced by Archivist Media: The second one is made by Petronella Boonen and Carol Winfield featuring some stunning photographs taken by […]

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Go on – admit it! You are a little bit curious about the wonderful world of historical romance. You must have asked yourself at some point… Does a bodice really rip? Did Barbara Cartland really dictate all her historical romances to a secretary while sipping gin and cuddling Pekinese? Do modern day historical romance writers […]

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Who hasn’t got at least ONE dog-eared, plain covered Penguin in a corner of their bookshelves? I found mine on the topmost shelf, reserved for old paperbacks like Portnoy’s Complaint and Zorba the Greek.  A 1960 reprint of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, it’s got a Penguin Books Australia imprint and still bears its […]

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We are blessed to have so many wonderful sponsors and supporters. Without this support the Willy Lit Fest would not exist, so here’s a big thank you to them all: Hobsons Bay City Council Victoria University Creative Victoria Hobsons Bay Libraries Port of Melbourne Book and Paper Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Rotary Club […]

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We Love Workshops

Workshops on the craft of writing and storytelling have always been a feature of the Willy Lit Fest program and sell out early as spaces are limited to provide for interaction and instruction. This year is no exception – we have seven fantastic workshops and one has already sold out, but you can still get tickets to these: True Tales, Told […]

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A little girl disappears in the wilderness. Two years later her mother is arrested for her murder. A provocative and unflinching literary novel of love, guilt and grief set against the wilderness of the Australian coast. “She says this, but she knows no words can hold this daughter’s attention. In fact, Aida isn’t listening. She’s […]

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