Lighthouse Literary Fest

Illuminating books and ideas at beautiful
Aireys Inlet on Victoria’s Surf Coast


Lighthouse Literary Fest presents

The Sunday Literary Lunch
series for 2019

16 June
Monica Tan and Tony Birch
in conversation with Hannie Rayson

Join us for an intimate literary lunch and hear these stimulating Australian writers speak about their new books.
Gourmet lunch and a signed copy of one author’s book included in the ticket price of $95.
Other books by our authors, as well as wine and drinks, will be available for purchase.

Little Feast, upstairs function room
85 Great Ocean Rd Aireys Inlet

Tickets available at Great Escape Books, ph: 5289 7052 or e:

Monica Tan

Monica Tan

Stranger Country is a riveting account of Monica’s six months driving and camping in some of Australia's most beautiful and remote landscapes. She shared meals, beers and conversations with a host of people, some Aboriginal, some white, some Asian, and even a few who managed to be all three. The result is an enthralling and entertaining celebration of the spirit of adventure, a thoughtful quest for understanding, and a unique portrait of Australia and all it means to those who live here.


 Stranger Country

Stranger Country, 2019

Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Odette Brown lives on the fringes of a small country town, and is raising her granddaughter Sissy after her daughter disappeared. Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families, but when a new policeman arrives in town, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. Miles-Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch exposes the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.


The White Girl

The White Girl, 2019

Hannie Rayson

Playwright, screenwriter, author and journalist, Hannie’s play was the first to be nominated for the Miles Franklin. She has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.


Surf Coast Shire 

Lighthouse Literary Fest acknowledges the generous support of the Surf Coast Shire.

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