Festival Guests

Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts.

As crossword maker in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and a Wordplay columnist with Spectrum, David Astle is a…

Ramona Barry is a writer, curator and maker specialising in craft and design. Her work has been published widely in…

Jane Bayly is an actor, devisor, singer, songwriter and teacher.  As a founding member of a cappella theatre company Crying…

Frank Bongiorno is a historian at the Australian National University in Canberra and author of the award-winning The Sex Lives…

Steve Bracks AC is the former Member for Williamstown and served as premier of Victoria from 1999 to 2007. In…

Anna Brasier is a Melbourne writer and editor. She has a Diploma in Professional Writing & Editing, and she is…

A well-published poet and fiction writer, Helen Cerne explores women’s creative experiences and artistic collaborative partnerships. Active in the arts…

Anna Ciddor has written and illustrated over fifty books for children on topics as diverse as Vikings, Irish druids, Australian…

Sherryl Clark has published 70 childrens’ and young adult books, some of which have won awards and been published in more…

Bayside P-12 College is a multi-campus government school providing excellence in teaching and learning for bayside communities in Melbourne’s west.

Sasha Cottman’s debut novel, Letter from a Rake, was a Romantic Book of the Year finalist in 2014 and won…

Stuart Coupe is a freelance journalist, one-time band manager and now runs his own independent record label, Laughing Outlaw Records.…

Konstandina Dounis was born in Melbourne, her parents having emigrated from the Greek island of Evia in 1955. She has…

Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications including the Age, Saturday Paper, Australian Book…

Beverley Eikli writes historicals laced with mystery and intrigue. Most of her 10 published novels are set in London ballrooms…

There’s a conversation for curious people every Friday morning from 10.00am to 12.15pm in the lounge at the Senior’s building…

Shayne Francis is an actor, mother, insatiable reader and Melbourne manager of the Footpath Library.

Nick Gadd is a novelist, essayist and blogger. His essays about Melbourne, history, and psychogeography have appeared in The Guardian,…

Enza Gandolfo is the author of the novel Swimming, set in Footscray, Williamstown and on the beaches along Great Ocean…

Professor Michael Gilding is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology. The Faculty…

Morris Gleitzman is one of Australia’s funniest and best-loved children’s authors. Morris grew up in England and came to Australia…

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s best loved children’s authors and the award-winning writer of the The Treehouse series and…

Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne teacher and writer. She has published three novels, There Should be More Dancing (2011), Summer…

Lesley Harding joined Heide Museum of Modern Art as curator in 2005. She has held curatorial positions at the Arts…

Nicole Haye’s debut young adult release, The Whole of My World (Random House 2013) was the first “footy novel” featuring a girl.…

Terry Healy is admitted to legal practice in Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT and before the High Court of…

Peter Hemphill is the current Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council. He was elected to the council in 1999 and…

Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, is best known for the children’s books that he writes and illustrates featuring his characters…

Michael Hyde lectures in Professional Writing and Children’s Literature at Victoria University, Melbourne. He is currently completing his PhD which…

Dr. Donna Jackson is a director, writer, producer and arts practitioner who focuses on the area of democratic art making.…

Rebecca Jobson is a writer, curator and textile designer. In addition to her textile practice, she has worked extensively in…

Gemma Jones works on public programming for Craft Victoria as well as being an artist and maker in her own…

Melanie Joosten works at the National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne. Her debut novel, Berlin Syndrome, saw her named a…

Dmetri Kakmi was born to Greek parents in Turkey. He is a writer and editor. The memoir Mother Land was…

Dean Kalimniou is an Australian lawyer and writer of Greek descent. He studied law and arts, majoring in Modern Greek…

Leah Kaminsky, a physician and award-winning writer, is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her debut…

Dr Stuart Kells is an antiquarian bookseller, author and bibliophile.  His latest book, Penguin and the Lane Brothers, uncovers the…

Paula Kelly is the Manager of Learning Communities, Hobsons Bay City Council. Paula has a professional background in education, community…

With a diverse range of scholarly interests that spans Beat scholarship, London punk, Romanticism, Roman Britain and Hadrian’s Wall, Walter…

Natalie Kon-yu  is a creative writer, editor and academic, with a particular focus on the creative writing by women and…

Robert La Nauze is a chemical engineer with a research and technology background. From 1989 to 1997 he was Chief…

Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne…

Kate Lawrence is a storyteller with a background in community development, law and disaster recovery. Kate Lawrence from Storytelling Australia…

Sue Lawson has long had a fascination with history and how it has shaped us. Her award winning books include…

Bruno Lettieri has been a teacher for most of his working life and, in the latter years at VU, interviewed…

Olga Lorenzo is the author of  The Light on the Water.  Her previous book, The Rooms in My Mother’s House,…

Vin Maskell is a widely-published professional writer based in Williamstown. In June 2012 he began his weekly /12 month swimming…

Sue Maslin is an award winning screen producer and Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University.…

Jeff Maynard is an author and documentary maker. His books include The Letterbox War of Kamarooka Street, Niagara’s Gold, Divers…

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades of experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the…

David Moloney is a public historian and town planner with thirty years experience in cultural heritage. His career has mostly…

Georgia Moodie is a reporter and producer on Books and Arts, ABC Radio National. She has also produced for several…

Tony Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University, where he was Director of the…

Kendrah Morgan has been a curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne since 2003. Her previous position was Assistant…

Helen Morse is one of the leading actresses of her generation. Since collaborating with Jim Sharman in  his groundbreaking productions…

Rhys Muldoon is an Australian actor, writer and director who has worked extensively in film, television, theatre and radio.

Rod Mullinar is a prominent British Australian actor, noted for his roles on Australian television.

Lucia Nardo writes fiction and non-fiction and she has published a range of both forms. Lucia teaches in the Professional…

Helen Nickas was born in Larissa, Greece and came to Australia having completed her high school education there. She studied…

Deborah Pike is a Senior Lecturer in English literature at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney campus, and has…

Richard Piper has had a long and impressive career on the stage, and trained at London’s celebrated Central School of…

Angela Pippos is a Melbourne based sports journalist, TV presenter and reporter. After completing an Honours degree in Politics at…

Alice Pung is the author of Laurinda. She is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She has…

Professor Ian Rae is a former President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. For over 30 years he has written a…

Chris Ringrose is a poet and writer of short fiction who moved from England to Williamstown in April 2012. He…

Sally Rippin has had more than fifty children’s books published, including the renowned Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series.

The LOOM ROOM in Williamstown is a friendly place where craftspeople of various ages and cultural backgrounds share skills and…

Jacqueline Savage is the Founder of MedCorp Technologies, a medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. As…

Claire Saxby’s schooling included boarding school and distance education. She has lived in 23 houses and shamelessly plunders and rearranges…

Mark Seymour is a musician, vocalist, composer and Aussie rock legend.  In the 80s he formed the hugely popular band…

Renata Singer is a writer, community activist and educator who divides her time between Melbourne and New York. She co-founded…

Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician. She was co-host of 3RRR’s Breakfasters in 2015. She was also…

Tom Spurling is Professor, Innovation Studies in the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. He was a…

Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist and a Fulbright scholar in the Australian public health system who writes on health-related matters. Her…

Alison Stuart is the award winning author of seven published historicals with romance (as she describes them), many of them…

Professor David Tacey is an independent scholar and writer who lives in Melbourne. He is the author of 14 books…

Seddon has been home to five generations of Carmel Taig’s family. Since retiring from teaching at Distance Education Centre Victoria,…

Tony Thompson is a Melbourne based writer and speaker.  He is the author of Summer of Monsters, a novel about…

Sarah began her writing life as a playwright, graduating from the VCA with an Associate Diploma Dramatic Arts (Scriptwriting). Her…

Donna Ward is the publisher at Inkerman & Blunt. She was founding editor of indigo, the journal of Western Australian…

Tim Watts is the Federal Labor Member for Gellibrand. Prior to being elected in September 2013, Tim was a Senior…

Stig Wemyss is an actor, writer and the wildly popular voice behind hundreds of children’s audiobooks. He is Australia’s most loved…

Alison Whyte is a Tasmanian-born Australian actress best known for her role on the Australian television series Frontline and Satisfaction.…

Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate. Formerly a lecturer in the Arts Faculty…