Lighthouse Literary Fest

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


16 June 2019

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

28 April 2019

Maryrose Cuskelly

Maryrose Cuskelly

The story of a grisly triple murder in Central Victoria in October 2014 – contemporary Australian true crime at its best, a true story told with the excitement and vividness of fiction. A freelance writer and editor, Maryrose has won the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing (Non-fiction) for her essay ‘Well Before Dark’, and the Iremonger Award. She is the author of two other books, and her essays and articles have been published in a range of magazines, journals, and newspapers.

 

 

 

 Wedderburn, 2018

The Whole Bright Year, 2018

Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer

Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia. Chris is the author of two successful non-fiction books, one of which was shortlisted for the 2010 Walkley Book Award and won the ACT Book of the Year in 2011. Chris has worked as journalist for more than thirty years, covering federal politics and international affairs. He was Senior Writer for The Age, Chief Political Correspondent for The Bulletin and Online Political Editor for Fairfax. As a roving international correspondent for SBS TV's Dateline program, he reported from more than thirty countries across six continents.

 

scrublands

Scrublands, 2019

3 February 2019

Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald

Two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, playwright, novelist and creator/head writer of the TV series Offspring, Debra Oswald has written Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas for TV, as well as children’s and adult novels and stage plays.


 

 The Whole Bright Year, 2018

The Whole Bright Year, 2018

Richard Glover

Richard Glover

Richard Glover’s bestselling books include Flesh Wounds and The Mud House, praised as ‘warm, wise, hilarious, optimistic, and a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy. Richard’s weekly humour column has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald for over twenty years. He writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, as well as presenting the comedy program Thank God It's Friday on ABC Local Radio.

 

The Land Before Avocado, 2018

The Land Before Avocado, 2018

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 logo 2019 

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


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