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The Ada Cambridge Prizes and Official Festival Opening

Join us for the announcement of the prestigious Ada Cambridge Prizes for Biographical Prose and Poetry and The Young Adas Short Story Prize, and the official opening of the Festival....
Read More

Beyond the Bestseller – Markus Zusak and Andy Griffiths

In 2005 Markus Zusak released The Book Thief and Andy Griffiths released Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict. One of these novels went on to become one of the world’s best loved...
Read More
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

The Wayward Witch and The Feelings Monster

Come along and hear about Polly, the witch, and Buster, the feelings monster, and learn all about their secret friendship. Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters, but Polly...
Read More
Sally Rippin

Living Footy

Fans live footy. They fall into its clutches and are happy to be tossed about in a state of battered uncertainty. It’s all about hope and joy and other important...
Read More
John Harms
Kerrie Soraghan
Yvette Wroby

Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Book Sale

Pick up a pre-loved treasure at the Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Book Sale.  Book sales are held on a regular basis, and all funds contribute towards library equipment,...
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Story Time

Join Hobsons Bay Libraries for songs, stories and activities. Story time encourages imagination and a life long love of books and libraries. Suitable for pre-school children over two years of age.

Noisy Nonna in the Kitchen

Join Noisy Nonna (Georgina Adamson) in this very interactive show with story telling, music and children playing in a kitchen band, with Noisy Nonna on her ukulele! Best for ages...
Read More
Georgina Adamson

Australian Noir – Dark Story Meets Morality Tale?

Meet three authors who take undeniably Australian characters on a moral journey where not everyone ends up the better for it. Join Janice Simpson, Fiona Capp and Jock Serong as...
Read More
Jock Serong
Fiona Capp
Janice Simpson

Pathways to Writing – SOLD OUT

Please note this session has sold out. Stephen King says of writing, “What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Writing courses make...
Read More
Enza Gandolfo
Sherryl Clark

The Original Food for Thought

How does an impassioned, determined health professional, who is not a professional writer, pen an engaging and informative self-help book for the wider community? Hear Rowena Gray and her co-author...
Read More
Brad Collis
Anne Hillis
Rowena Gray

The Modern Memoir -Truth and Dare?

Memoirs these days are often shockingly revealing – but at what cost to the author? In her new memoir, Death By Dim Sim, author Sarah Vincent bares all about the...
Read More
Sarah Vincent
Sian Prior

Pana Chocolate, The Recipes.

Pana Barbounis founded Pana Chocolate in Melbourne three years ago. A child of Greek migrant parents who did not have a lot of money, he always believed if he was...
Read More
Stella Kinsella
Pana Barbounis

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Story Reading

Be enchanted as Catherine Anicic reads from her book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour. This delightful story of two witches who are weary of always wearing black...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Writing Your Children’s Stories

A workshop for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who would like to learn about writing stories based on their interactions with their children. A fun, very rewarding and easy process...
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Georgina Adamson

Untold Stories – The Lives of Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark

Poet and activist Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark, wife of Manning Clark, were friends and correspondents but they led very different lives. Authors Georgina Arnott (The Unknown Judith Wright) and...
Read More
Georgina Arnott
Dr Stuart Kells
Judith Armstrong

Inspiring Courage: The Power of Young Adult Literature

Young adult literature is daring, courageous and emotionally charged. Its honesty and fearless scrutiny of the world and the human condition inspires, informs and connects its readers. Demet Divaroren will...
Read More
Mark Smith
Demet Divaroren
Cath Crowley

Poetic Medicine: Writing and the Body

“Shaping the Fractured Self takes trauma and experience head on, showing how poetry expands our sense of community and beauty.” Andy Jackson. What power does the act of writing have...
Read More
Leah Kaminsky
Rachael Guy
Andy Jackson

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Colour Workshop

A hands-on, fun workshop discovering the magic of colour mixing. The children’s picture book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour, created by the kids are raw talent team,...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Jane Harper: The Dry

Jane Harper’s novel first came to notice when it won the Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished manuscript. Published by Pan Macmillan, The Dry has now sold to more than 20...
Read More
Jane Harper
Sherryl Clark

The Writer’s Journal

A journal is a great way to gather your thoughts and keep a collection of inspirations for your writing. From the blank page to inspiration, Anna Brasier will give you...
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Anna Brasier

Finding Sanity – John Cade

AUSTRALIAN doctor John Cade changed the course of medicine with his discovery of lithium, yet most people have never heard of him. In 1946 John was a man in a...
Read More
Lucia Nardo
Greg de Moore
Ann Westmore

The Age of Experience

It’s never too late to debut. While many people think ‘young writer’ when they hear ’emerging writer’, Jenny Ackland, Christy Collins and Paul Dalgarno each had their first book published...
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Christy Collins
Jane Rawson
Paul Dalgarno
Jenny Ackland

So You Have an Idea for a Book…Now What?

You have an idea for a book. So how do you get started putting words to paper? How do you keep going? How many drafts should you write? Maybe you’ve...
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From Local Boy to Laureate with Leigh Hobbs

As a boy growing up in Williamstown, internationally renowned children’s author and illustrator, Leigh Hobbs had two dreams – to be an artist and to travel to London.  Join Sally Rippin...
Read More
Sally Rippin
Leigh Hobbs

Living on Hope Street – Book Launch with Demet Divaroren

Living on Hope Street is a big-hearted, compassionate work. Divaroren is a ferociously good storyteller and every character breathes life, every character convinces. This book is an absolute joy to...
Read More
Demet Divaroren

NAMEfluence – Book Launch with Louise Karch

Join Louise Karch for the funny and entertaining book launch of NAMEfluence: How to Name Your Brand for Success. Raise a glass and celebrate words with Victorian luminaries including Chris...
Read More
Louise Karch

Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall

Stereo Stories returns to its home ground with ten new stories. Backed by the ever-versatile Stereo Stories Band, writers will narrate short memoirs inspired by OzRock, Chicago blues, Neil Young,...
Read More
Vin Maskell
Lucia Nardo
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

The Willy Lit Fest Debate

There may be such a thing as junk food but there’s no such thing as junk reading.  Does all reading have value? Join students from Bayside College and Mount St....
Read More

Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History

Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right questions. In this workshop Anna Brasier will show you how to plan, prepare and conduct an interview;...
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Anna Brasier

Andy Griffiths

Come on a tour of the treehouse with children’s author, Andy Griffiths. All questions will be answered, (even the silly ones). Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected...
Read More
Andy Griffiths

My Year Without Meat

Ever thought of going vegetarian? How about vegan? What’s it like? Will you survive? Join author Dmetri Kakmi in this stimulating discussion as he chats to food writer and Epicure...
Read More
Dmetri Kakmi
Richard Cornish

The Romance of Recipes

Recipes are instructions: they list what you need in the order you need it, tell you how to combine it all and what temperature the oven should be to cook...
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Michelle Fincke

Insider Tips for the Children’s Writer

Kids are all the same, right? Sue Lawson and Claire Saxby are award-winning authors of books for young people. Although they both write books for young people, they are not...
Read More
Claire Saxby
Sue Lawson

The Mouth That Roared

He has a big mouth and a huge heart and Les Twentyman uses them both in his lifelong quest to help disadvantaged youth.  Les talks to Robert Hillman about their...
Read More
Les Twentyman
Robert Hillman

A S Patrić – Black Rock White City

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016 Three years ago, Melbourne’s A.S. Patrić couldn’t even get a response, let alone a rejection slip, for his book, Black Rock White City....
Read More
Sherryl Clark
Alec Patrić
Barry Scott

The Editing Hat – Why Editing Is So Important for Good Writing

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction – short or long – all writing can be improved by editing. In this workshop you will learn helpful and practical editing tips that...
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Jenny Ackland

Dark Emu: A Discussion with Bruce Pascoe

In Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? author Bruce Pascoe challenges the long held belief that Australia’s first people were hunter-gatherers at the time of colonisation. Join Bruce as...
Read More
Jason Gibson
Bruce Pascoe

The Game of Their Lives

“…But to those wise enough to recognise it, the message of the war’s impact on sport was clear: the simple joy of kicking a football was about to be challenged...
Read More
Nick Richardson
Michael Gleeson

Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Celebrated for her vibrant and distinctive pictures of indigenous flowers, artist Margaret Preston was an equally colourful and outspoken personality. Less well known is her legacy as a generous and...
Read More
Georgia Moodie
Lesley Harding

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Story Reading

Be enchanted as Catherine Anicic reads from her book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour. This delightful story of two witches who are weary of always wearing black...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Before There Were Books There Were Storytellers

The Gentle Art of Storytelling – join six of Victoria’s most talented storytellers as they recount fabulous tales. Storytelling Australia Victoria has been nurturing the art of oral storytelling in...
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Matt McArthur
Durgah Devi Palanisamy
Jackie Kerin
Mary O’Meara
Sarah Depasquale
Dave Davies

We’re All Going to Die – SOLD OUT!

Please note this session is SOLD OUT! Everybody is going to die. Yet as a society we’ve come to deny this fact – we ignore it, hoping it will go...
Read More
Leah Kaminsky
Bruno Lettieri

Are You Ready to Be Strong? – Exploring Buffy as a Feminist Icon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was deliberately conceived as a feminist subversion of the horror genre in which ‘bubbleheaded blondes wandered into dark alleys and got murdered by some creature’. Joss...
Read More
Patricia Pender
Clementine Ford
Dr Jenny Lee

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Colour Workshop

A hands-on, fun workshop discovering the magic of colour mixing. The children’s picture book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour, created by the kids are raw talent team,...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

The Dust of Uruzgan

Fred Smith has been described as ‘Australia’s secret weapon’ in international diplomacy. As a career diplomat, he served for two years in southern Afghanistan. Working alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan...
Read More
Fred Smith

Come to the Table

Shayne Francis Sidhu talks with Maria Haughey about the joys and tribulations of producing and publishing a fund raising community cookbook. A moment of temporary insanity in a parent meeting...
Read More
Maria Haughey
Shayne Francis Sidhu

The Attachment: Letters From a Most Unlikely Friendship

When priest and Sydneysider Tony Doherty emailed Melbourne-based writer and performer Ailsa Piper to say how much he had enjoyed her latest book, he was met with a swift reply...
Read More
Bruno Lettieri
Ailsa Piper
Tony Doherty

Great Libraries – Food for Heart, Mind and Soul

The world’s great libraries reflect the visions and foibles of the men and women who made them. Stuart Kells takes a fascinating look at the little-known stories of two privately...
Read More
Dr Stuart Kells

Grow a Poem with Sherryl Clark

Grow a poem (or ten) in your classroom.  Studies show that poetry stimulates language use in the classroom like no other activity. Reading and writing poems gives students the gift...
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Sherryl Clark

Let’s Talk Books

Meet with like minded readers to talk about the books and authors of this year’s Willy Lit Fest.  Get together with new friends, share ideas, literary memories and reading recommendations. ...
Read More

People’s Choice Awards

A much loved festival favourite where local writers from the western suburbs read a piece of poetry or prose which they have written.  At the end of the event the...
Read More
Dr Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

Poison Ivy – Book Launch with Stella Kinsella

Ivy Mason.  Forty.  Female flâneur.   A representative of an unofficial emerging class of post modern women- indelibly single, highly educated and unlikely to breed.A solo life has never been a...
Read More
Stella Kinsella

The Footpath Library

Join us as we close the 2017 Festival in fine style.  The Footpath Library readings have become a much-loved Festival favourite as Shayne Francis Sidhu brings us some of Australia’s...
Read More
Shayne Francis Sidhu

Beyond the Bestseller – Markus Zusak and Andy Griffiths

In 2005 Markus Zusak released The Book Thief and Andy Griffiths released Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict. One of these novels went on to become one of the world’s best loved...
Read More
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

The Wayward Witch and The Feelings Monster

Come along and hear about Polly, the witch, and Buster, the feelings monster, and learn all about their secret friendship. Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters, but Polly...
Read More
Sally Rippin

The Modern Memoir -Truth and Dare?

Memoirs these days are often shockingly revealing – but at what cost to the author? In her new memoir, Death By Dim Sim, author Sarah Vincent bares all about the...
Read More
Sarah Vincent
Sian Prior

Pana Chocolate, The Recipes.

Pana Barbounis founded Pana Chocolate in Melbourne three years ago. A child of Greek migrant parents who did not have a lot of money, he always believed if he was...
Read More
Stella Kinsella
Pana Barbounis

Living on Hope Street – Book Launch with Demet Divaroren

Living on Hope Street is a big-hearted, compassionate work. Divaroren is a ferociously good storyteller and every character breathes life, every character convinces. This book is an absolute joy to...
Read More
Demet Divaroren

NAMEfluence – Book Launch with Louise Karch

Join Louise Karch for the funny and entertaining book launch of NAMEfluence: How to Name Your Brand for Success. Raise a glass and celebrate words with Victorian luminaries including Chris...
Read More
Louise Karch

Insider Tips for the Children’s Writer

Kids are all the same, right? Sue Lawson and Claire Saxby are award-winning authors of books for young people. Although they both write books for young people, they are not...
Read More
Claire Saxby
Sue Lawson

Dark Emu: A Discussion with Bruce Pascoe

In Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? author Bruce Pascoe challenges the long held belief that Australia’s first people were hunter-gatherers at the time of colonisation. Join Bruce as...
Read More
Jason Gibson
Bruce Pascoe

The Dust of Uruzgan

Fred Smith has been described as ‘Australia’s secret weapon’ in international diplomacy. As a career diplomat, he served for two years in southern Afghanistan. Working alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan...
Read More
Fred Smith

We’re All Going to Die – SOLD OUT!

Please note this session is SOLD OUT! Everybody is going to die. Yet as a society we’ve come to deny this fact – we ignore it, hoping it will go...
Read More
Leah Kaminsky
Bruno Lettieri

Come to the Table

Shayne Francis Sidhu talks with Maria Haughey about the joys and tribulations of producing and publishing a fund raising community cookbook. A moment of temporary insanity in a parent meeting...
Read More
Maria Haughey
Shayne Francis Sidhu

Great Libraries – Food for Heart, Mind and Soul

The world’s great libraries reflect the visions and foibles of the men and women who made them. Stuart Kells takes a fascinating look at the little-known stories of two privately...
Read More
Dr Stuart Kells

Poison Ivy – Book Launch with Stella Kinsella

Ivy Mason.  Forty.  Female flâneur.   A representative of an unofficial emerging class of post modern women- indelibly single, highly educated and unlikely to breed.A solo life has never been a...
Read More
Stella Kinsella

Living on Hope Street – Book Launch with Demet Divaroren

Living on Hope Street is a big-hearted, compassionate work. Divaroren is a ferociously good storyteller and every character breathes life, every character convinces. This book is an absolute joy to...
Read More
Demet Divaroren

NAMEfluence – Book Launch with Louise Karch

Join Louise Karch for the funny and entertaining book launch of NAMEfluence: How to Name Your Brand for Success. Raise a glass and celebrate words with Victorian luminaries including Chris...
Read More
Louise Karch

Poison Ivy – Book Launch with Stella Kinsella

Ivy Mason.  Forty.  Female flâneur.   A representative of an unofficial emerging class of post modern women- indelibly single, highly educated and unlikely to breed.A solo life has never been a...
Read More
Stella Kinsella

Beyond the Bestseller – Markus Zusak and Andy Griffiths

In 2005 Markus Zusak released The Book Thief and Andy Griffiths released Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict. One of these novels went on to become one of the world’s best loved...
Read More
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

Jane Harper: The Dry

Jane Harper’s novel first came to notice when it won the Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished manuscript. Published by Pan Macmillan, The Dry has now sold to more than 20...
Read More
Jane Harper
Sherryl Clark

From Local Boy to Laureate with Leigh Hobbs

As a boy growing up in Williamstown, internationally renowned children’s author and illustrator, Leigh Hobbs had two dreams – to be an artist and to travel to London.  Join Sally Rippin...
Read More
Sally Rippin
Leigh Hobbs

Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall

Stereo Stories returns to its home ground with ten new stories. Backed by the ever-versatile Stereo Stories Band, writers will narrate short memoirs inspired by OzRock, Chicago blues, Neil Young,...
Read More
Vin Maskell
Lucia Nardo
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

The Mouth That Roared

He has a big mouth and a huge heart and Les Twentyman uses them both in his lifelong quest to help disadvantaged youth.  Les talks to Robert Hillman about their...
Read More
Les Twentyman
Robert Hillman

A S Patrić – Black Rock White City

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016 Three years ago, Melbourne’s A.S. Patrić couldn’t even get a response, let alone a rejection slip, for his book, Black Rock White City....
Read More
Sherryl Clark
Alec Patrić
Barry Scott

Are You Ready to Be Strong? – Exploring Buffy as a Feminist Icon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was deliberately conceived as a feminist subversion of the horror genre in which ‘bubbleheaded blondes wandered into dark alleys and got murdered by some creature’. Joss...
Read More
Patricia Pender
Clementine Ford
Dr Jenny Lee

The Footpath Library

Join us as we close the 2017 Festival in fine style.  The Footpath Library readings have become a much-loved Festival favourite as Shayne Francis Sidhu brings us some of Australia’s...
Read More
Shayne Francis Sidhu

The Wayward Witch and The Feelings Monster

Come along and hear about Polly, the witch, and Buster, the feelings monster, and learn all about their secret friendship. Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters, but Polly...
Read More
Sally Rippin

Noisy Nonna in the Kitchen

Join Noisy Nonna (Georgina Adamson) in this very interactive show with story telling, music and children playing in a kitchen band, with Noisy Nonna on her ukulele! Best for ages...
Read More
Georgina Adamson

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Story Reading

Be enchanted as Catherine Anicic reads from her book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour. This delightful story of two witches who are weary of always wearing black...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Colour Workshop

A hands-on, fun workshop discovering the magic of colour mixing. The children’s picture book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour, created by the kids are raw talent team,...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Andy Griffiths

Come on a tour of the treehouse with children’s author, Andy Griffiths. All questions will be answered, (even the silly ones). Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected...
Read More
Andy Griffiths

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Story Reading

Be enchanted as Catherine Anicic reads from her book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour. This delightful story of two witches who are weary of always wearing black...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Colour Workshop

A hands-on, fun workshop discovering the magic of colour mixing. The children’s picture book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour, created by the kids are raw talent team,...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

The Ada Cambridge Prizes and Official Festival Opening

Join us for the announcement of the prestigious Ada Cambridge Prizes for Biographical Prose and Poetry and The Young Adas Short Story Prize, and the official opening of the Festival....
Read More

Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Book Sale

Pick up a pre-loved treasure at the Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Book Sale.  Book sales are held on a regular basis, and all funds contribute towards library equipment,...
Read More

Pathways to Writing – SOLD OUT

Please note this session has sold out. Stephen King says of writing, “What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Writing courses make...
Read More
Enza Gandolfo
Sherryl Clark

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Story Reading

Be enchanted as Catherine Anicic reads from her book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour. This delightful story of two witches who are weary of always wearing black...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

The Willy Lit Fest Debate

There may be such a thing as junk food but there’s no such thing as junk reading.  Does all reading have value? Join students from Bayside College and Mount St....
Read More

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Story Reading

Be enchanted as Catherine Anicic reads from her book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour. This delightful story of two witches who are weary of always wearing black...
Read More
Catherine Anicic

Let’s Talk Books

Meet with like minded readers to talk about the books and authors of this year’s Willy Lit Fest.  Get together with new friends, share ideas, literary memories and reading recommendations. ...
Read More

People’s Choice Awards

A much loved festival favourite where local writers from the western suburbs read a piece of poetry or prose which they have written.  At the end of the event the...
Read More
Dr Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

Untold Stories – The Lives of Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark

Poet and activist Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark, wife of Manning Clark, were friends and correspondents but they led very different lives. Authors Georgina Arnott (The Unknown Judith Wright) and...
Read More
Georgina Arnott
Dr Stuart Kells
Judith Armstrong

Finding Sanity – John Cade

AUSTRALIAN doctor John Cade changed the course of medicine with his discovery of lithium, yet most people have never heard of him. In 1946 John was a man in a...
Read More
Lucia Nardo
Greg de Moore
Ann Westmore

Dark Emu: A Discussion with Bruce Pascoe

In Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? author Bruce Pascoe challenges the long held belief that Australia’s first people were hunter-gatherers at the time of colonisation. Join Bruce as...
Read More
Jason Gibson
Bruce Pascoe

The Game of Their Lives

“…But to those wise enough to recognise it, the message of the war’s impact on sport was clear: the simple joy of kicking a football was about to be challenged...
Read More
Nick Richardson
Michael Gleeson

Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Celebrated for her vibrant and distinctive pictures of indigenous flowers, artist Margaret Preston was an equally colourful and outspoken personality. Less well known is her legacy as a generous and...
Read More
Georgia Moodie
Lesley Harding

Beyond the Bestseller – Markus Zusak and Andy Griffiths

In 2005 Markus Zusak released The Book Thief and Andy Griffiths released Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict. One of these novels went on to become one of the world’s best loved...
Read More
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

Living Footy

Fans live footy. They fall into its clutches and are happy to be tossed about in a state of battered uncertainty. It’s all about hope and joy and other important...
Read More
John Harms
Kerrie Soraghan
Yvette Wroby

Australian Noir – Dark Story Meets Morality Tale?

Meet three authors who take undeniably Australian characters on a moral journey where not everyone ends up the better for it. Join Janice Simpson, Fiona Capp and Jock Serong as...
Read More
Jock Serong
Fiona Capp
Janice Simpson

The Original Food for Thought

How does an impassioned, determined health professional, who is not a professional writer, pen an engaging and informative self-help book for the wider community? Hear Rowena Gray and her co-author...
Read More
Brad Collis
Anne Hillis
Rowena Gray

The Modern Memoir -Truth and Dare?

Memoirs these days are often shockingly revealing – but at what cost to the author? In her new memoir, Death By Dim Sim, author Sarah Vincent bares all about the...
Read More
Sarah Vincent
Sian Prior

Pana Chocolate, The Recipes.

Pana Barbounis founded Pana Chocolate in Melbourne three years ago. A child of Greek migrant parents who did not have a lot of money, he always believed if he was...
Read More
Stella Kinsella
Pana Barbounis

Untold Stories – The Lives of Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark

Poet and activist Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark, wife of Manning Clark, were friends and correspondents but they led very different lives. Authors Georgina Arnott (The Unknown Judith Wright) and...
Read More
Georgina Arnott
Dr Stuart Kells
Judith Armstrong

Inspiring Courage: The Power of Young Adult Literature

Young adult literature is daring, courageous and emotionally charged. Its honesty and fearless scrutiny of the world and the human condition inspires, informs and connects its readers. Demet Divaroren will...
Read More
Mark Smith
Demet Divaroren
Cath Crowley

Poetic Medicine: Writing and the Body

“Shaping the Fractured Self takes trauma and experience head on, showing how poetry expands our sense of community and beauty.” Andy Jackson. What power does the act of writing have...
Read More
Leah Kaminsky
Rachael Guy
Andy Jackson

Jane Harper: The Dry

Jane Harper’s novel first came to notice when it won the Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished manuscript. Published by Pan Macmillan, The Dry has now sold to more than 20...
Read More
Jane Harper
Sherryl Clark

Finding Sanity – John Cade

AUSTRALIAN doctor John Cade changed the course of medicine with his discovery of lithium, yet most people have never heard of him. In 1946 John was a man in a...
Read More
Lucia Nardo
Greg de Moore
Ann Westmore

From Local Boy to Laureate with Leigh Hobbs

As a boy growing up in Williamstown, internationally renowned children’s author and illustrator, Leigh Hobbs had two dreams – to be an artist and to travel to London.  Join Sally Rippin...
Read More
Sally Rippin
Leigh Hobbs

My Year Without Meat

Ever thought of going vegetarian? How about vegan? What’s it like? Will you survive? Join author Dmetri Kakmi in this stimulating discussion as he chats to food writer and Epicure...
Read More
Dmetri Kakmi
Richard Cornish

The Mouth That Roared

He has a big mouth and a huge heart and Les Twentyman uses them both in his lifelong quest to help disadvantaged youth.  Les talks to Robert Hillman about their...
Read More
Les Twentyman
Robert Hillman

A S Patrić – Black Rock White City

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016 Three years ago, Melbourne’s A.S. Patrić couldn’t even get a response, let alone a rejection slip, for his book, Black Rock White City....
Read More
Sherryl Clark
Alec Patrić
Barry Scott

The Game of Their Lives

“…But to those wise enough to recognise it, the message of the war’s impact on sport was clear: the simple joy of kicking a football was about to be challenged...
Read More
Nick Richardson
Michael Gleeson

Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Celebrated for her vibrant and distinctive pictures of indigenous flowers, artist Margaret Preston was an equally colourful and outspoken personality. Less well known is her legacy as a generous and...
Read More
Georgia Moodie
Lesley Harding

Are You Ready to Be Strong? – Exploring Buffy as a Feminist Icon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was deliberately conceived as a feminist subversion of the horror genre in which ‘bubbleheaded blondes wandered into dark alleys and got murdered by some creature’. Joss...
Read More
Patricia Pender
Clementine Ford
Dr Jenny Lee

We’re All Going to Die – SOLD OUT!

Please note this session is SOLD OUT! Everybody is going to die. Yet as a society we’ve come to deny this fact – we ignore it, hoping it will go...
Read More
Leah Kaminsky
Bruno Lettieri

Come to the Table

Shayne Francis Sidhu talks with Maria Haughey about the joys and tribulations of producing and publishing a fund raising community cookbook. A moment of temporary insanity in a parent meeting...
Read More
Maria Haughey
Shayne Francis Sidhu

The Attachment: Letters From a Most Unlikely Friendship

When priest and Sydneysider Tony Doherty emailed Melbourne-based writer and performer Ailsa Piper to say how much he had enjoyed her latest book, he was met with a swift reply...
Read More
Bruno Lettieri
Ailsa Piper
Tony Doherty

Let’s Talk Books

Meet with like minded readers to talk about the books and authors of this year’s Willy Lit Fest.  Get together with new friends, share ideas, literary memories and reading recommendations. ...
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Australian Noir – Dark Story Meets Morality Tale?

Meet three authors who take undeniably Australian characters on a moral journey where not everyone ends up the better for it. Join Janice Simpson, Fiona Capp and Jock Serong as...
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Jock Serong
Fiona Capp
Janice Simpson

Inspiring Courage: The Power of Young Adult Literature

Young adult literature is daring, courageous and emotionally charged. Its honesty and fearless scrutiny of the world and the human condition inspires, informs and connects its readers. Demet Divaroren will...
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Mark Smith
Demet Divaroren
Cath Crowley

The Age of Experience

It’s never too late to debut. While many people think ‘young writer’ when they hear ’emerging writer’, Jenny Ackland, Christy Collins and Paul Dalgarno each had their first book published...
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Christy Collins
Jane Rawson
Paul Dalgarno
Jenny Ackland

The Willy Lit Fest Debate

There may be such a thing as junk food but there’s no such thing as junk reading.  Does all reading have value? Join students from Bayside College and Mount St....
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Poetic Medicine: Writing and the Body

“Shaping the Fractured Self takes trauma and experience head on, showing how poetry expands our sense of community and beauty.” Andy Jackson. What power does the act of writing have...
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Leah Kaminsky
Rachael Guy
Andy Jackson

Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall

Stereo Stories returns to its home ground with ten new stories. Backed by the ever-versatile Stereo Stories Band, writers will narrate short memoirs inspired by OzRock, Chicago blues, Neil Young,...
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Vin Maskell
Lucia Nardo
Andy Griffiths
Markus Zusak

The Willy Lit Fest Debate

There may be such a thing as junk food but there’s no such thing as junk reading.  Does all reading have value? Join students from Bayside College and Mount St....
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Before There Were Books There Were Storytellers

The Gentle Art of Storytelling – join six of Victoria’s most talented storytellers as they recount fabulous tales. Storytelling Australia Victoria has been nurturing the art of oral storytelling in...
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Matt McArthur
Durgah Devi Palanisamy
Jackie Kerin
Mary O’Meara
Sarah Depasquale
Dave Davies

The Dust of Uruzgan

Fred Smith has been described as ‘Australia’s secret weapon’ in international diplomacy. As a career diplomat, he served for two years in southern Afghanistan. Working alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan...
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Fred Smith

People’s Choice Awards

A much loved festival favourite where local writers from the western suburbs read a piece of poetry or prose which they have written.  At the end of the event the...
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Dr Chris Ringrose
Anna Brasier

Poetic Medicine: Writing and the Body

“Shaping the Fractured Self takes trauma and experience head on, showing how poetry expands our sense of community and beauty.” Andy Jackson. What power does the act of writing have...
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Leah Kaminsky
Rachael Guy
Andy Jackson

Pathways to Writing – SOLD OUT

Please note this session has sold out. Stephen King says of writing, “What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Writing courses make...
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Enza Gandolfo
Sherryl Clark

The Original Food for Thought

How does an impassioned, determined health professional, who is not a professional writer, pen an engaging and informative self-help book for the wider community? Hear Rowena Gray and her co-author...
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Brad Collis
Anne Hillis
Rowena Gray

Writing Your Children’s Stories

A workshop for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who would like to learn about writing stories based on their interactions with their children. A fun, very rewarding and easy process...
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Georgina Adamson

The Writer’s Journal

A journal is a great way to gather your thoughts and keep a collection of inspirations for your writing. From the blank page to inspiration, Anna Brasier will give you...
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Anna Brasier

So You Have an Idea for a Book…Now What?

You have an idea for a book. So how do you get started putting words to paper? How do you keep going? How many drafts should you write? Maybe you’ve...
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Insider Tips for the Children’s Writer

Kids are all the same, right? Sue Lawson and Claire Saxby are award-winning authors of books for young people. Although they both write books for young people, they are not...
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Claire Saxby
Sue Lawson

Pathways to Writing – SOLD OUT

Please note this session has sold out. Stephen King says of writing, “What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Writing courses make...
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Enza Gandolfo
Sherryl Clark

Writing Your Children’s Stories

A workshop for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who would like to learn about writing stories based on their interactions with their children. A fun, very rewarding and easy process...
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Georgina Adamson

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Colour Workshop

A hands-on, fun workshop discovering the magic of colour mixing. The children’s picture book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour, created by the kids are raw talent team,...
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Catherine Anicic

The Writer’s Journal

A journal is a great way to gather your thoughts and keep a collection of inspirations for your writing. From the blank page to inspiration, Anna Brasier will give you...
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Anna Brasier

So You Have an Idea for a Book…Now What?

You have an idea for a book. So how do you get started putting words to paper? How do you keep going? How many drafts should you write? Maybe you’ve...
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Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History

Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right questions. In this workshop Anna Brasier will show you how to plan, prepare and conduct an interview;...
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Anna Brasier

The Editing Hat – Why Editing Is So Important for Good Writing

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction – short or long – all writing can be improved by editing. In this workshop you will learn helpful and practical editing tips that...
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Jenny Ackland

Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour – Colour Workshop

A hands-on, fun workshop discovering the magic of colour mixing. The children’s picture book Helga and May Discover the Magic of Colour, created by the kids are raw talent team,...
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Catherine Anicic

Grow a Poem with Sherryl Clark

Grow a poem (or ten) in your classroom.  Studies show that poetry stimulates language use in the classroom like no other activity. Reading and writing poems gives students the gift...
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Sherryl Clark
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