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

17 November
Gary Linnell & Michael Veitch
in conversation with Michael Cathcart

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
85 Great Ocean Rd Aireys Inlet

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

Garry Linnell

Gary Linnell

A very early white resident of Mangowak (Aireys Inlet), William Buckley had fought Napoleon’s army and survived, been sent to the gallows and escaped the noose. Transported to Australia, he absconded and embarked on one of the most remarkable survival stories in history. Thirty years later, he spoke only Wadawurrung, carried a spear and wore a possum-skin cloak. What were the chances?

One of Australia’s most experienced journalists, Garry Linnell was born and raised in Geelong and has won several awards for his writing, including a Walkley for best feature writing. He has been editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, editor of The Daily Telegraph, director of news and current affairs for the Nine Network and editorial director of Fairfax. He also spent four years as co-host of the Breakfast Show on 2UE. Gary has written three other books – Football Ltd: The inside story of the AFL, Raelene: sometimes beaten, never conquered, and Playing God: The rise and fall of Gary Ablett.

 Buckleys Chance

Buckley's Chance, 2019

michael veitch

Michael Veitch

Perhaps the most calamitous voyage in Australian history was that of the plague-stricken sailing ship Ticonderoga, which left England for Victoria with 800 doomed emigrants on board. This grim but riveting story has been passed down through Michael Veitch's family for more than a century and a half, because the surgeon on that ill-fated voyage was James Veitch, Michael’s great-great grandfather.

Michael Veitch is an Australian author, broadcaster and comedian. His books include Flak, Fly, The Forgotten Islands, and 44 Days.





Hell Ship

Hell Ship, 2018

Michael Cathcart

Historian, author and ABC presenter of documentaries and programs such as Books and Arts and The Hub on Stage.


Surf Coast Shire 

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

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