Program at a glance

Location: Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul & Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre


5-7pm – for the children

“PJ and Pizza Party”

Target age: 8-12 years, siblings welcome

Children move between a series of stations around the library – directed by library staff.

At each station, one of 6 different guests is situated, offering book signings and a simple relevant activity/craft/mini writing activity. Book signings with authors


7:30 pm to 10 pm for the adults

Welcome to The Festival

A smorgasbord of music and words to start the 2017 Thirroul Readers and Writers Festival!

Proposed evening:

  • Welcome from Committee:
  • Welcome to Country given by Richard Davies

A guest speaker from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation talking about what the Foundation  does in remote indigenous communities and our festivals partnership with them.

  • Sally Forth – a local 5 part acapella group with a selection of eclectic (mostly) unaccompanied songs


  • Jeff Apter – will launch his new book High Voltage; the life of Angus Young ACDC’s Last Man Standing, and give the Keynote Address



in Thirroul library

10.30am to 12:30pm

Book Tastingwords AND food, what more could you want! (An event organized by the Thirroul Librarians)

10:15am to 11:15am (IN THE EXCELSIOR HALL

Salt Blood

  • Michael Adams talks about and reads from his essay,  the winner of the  Australian Book Review’s Calibre Essay

11:30am to 1pm

Sporting Conversations with…

  • Gideon Haigh A Stroke of Genius – Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket) and Jeremy Wilshire Test of Character; Confessions of Cricket Legends

LUNCH – 1pm to 1:45pm

1:45pm to 2:45pm

In conversation with…

Catherine McKinnon author of Storyland in conversation with Caroline Baum, author of OnlyA Singular Memoir

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Who Are You? Part 1 

  • Jeff Apter author of High Voltage; the life of Angus Young ACDC’s Last Man Standing,  in conversation with Tim Douglas


Who Are You? Part 2

  • Ashleigh Wilson, author of Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing, in conversation with Tim Douglas

5:00pm to 5:45pm

Who Are You? Part 3

  • Kerrie Davies, author of The Wife’s Heart; The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson, in conversation with Tim Douglas, with Tom Wilkie-Black reading the poems of Henry Lawson

6:00pm to 6:30pm

Canapes with the Authors


Judy Stubbs, (The Director of Eklektika) will give a short talk about Madness and how it informs her music (and other things!



  • Cabaret Gothique

cabaret–gothixThe Mad Scientist. The Mad Wife in the Attic. The Hunchback Driven Mad by Love. Join Eklektika & Friends as they explore madness in all its guises through their favourite Gothic characters and their unique take on the music of Prince, Sia, Nine Inch Nails, Florence & The Machine, Leonard Cohen, Muse, Neil Finn and more.



11:00am to 12:00pm

‘A Writing Life’

  • Libby Gleeson talking about the difficulty of making a living from writing

12:15pm to 1:00pm

In conversation with…

  • Simon Luckhurst, author of Charlie’s Wives In conversation with Tim Allen


2:00pm to 3:30pm

Writing as activism

A panel discussion chaired by Josie Castle, with:

  • Simon Luckhurst, author of Eddie’s Country – Why Did Eddie Murray Die the story of an Aboriginal death in custody and the repercussions of that death “One of the most important books in my lifetime…” John Pilger)

  • Denise Russell, author of Women, Madness and Medicine and Who Rules the Waves? Piracy, Overfishing and Mining the Oceans 
  • Jane Lymer author of The Phenomenology of Gravidity: Reframing Pregnancy and the Maternal through Merleau-Ponty, Levinas and Derrida


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