Lighthouse Literary Fest

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


Special events

19 August 2018

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey

Melbourne-based writer Sarah Bailey has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces over the past five years. Her bestselling first novel, The Dark Lake, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2017. Into the Night is her second novel. She has two young children, and currently works as a director of creative projects company Mr Smith. Her background is in advertising and communications.

 

Into the Night

Into the Night, 2018

Jenny Ackland

Jenny Ackland

Melbourne writer and teacher Jenny Ackland has worked in offices, sold textbooks in a university bookshop, taught English overseas and worked as a proof-reader and freelance editor. Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines and listed in prizes and awards. Her debut novel – The Secret Son, a ‘Ned Kelly – Gallipoli mash-up’ about truth and history – was published in 2015. Little Gods is her second novel.

 

Little Gods

Little Gods , 2018

Hannie Rayson

3 June 2018

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson

Set around Moreton Island and Noosa in 1961, To Become a Whale is an extraordinarily vivid and haunting novel that reads like an instant classic of Australian literature. There are echoes of Craig Silvey, Favel Parrett, Tim Winton and Randolph Stow in this moving, transformative and very Australian novel.

 

To-Become-a-Whale

To Become a Whale, 2017

Mark Brandi

Mark Brandi

Literary crime fiction at its best. Even before publication, Wimmera had won the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award as well as other awards and short-listings. Compared to Jane Harper's The Dry and Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, this is the work of a master storyteller.

 

wimmera

Off the Record, 2017

29 April  2017

Robert Hillman

Robert Hillman

Popular with Festival audiences, award-winning novelist and memoirist Robert Hillman will discuss his own novel, a book ‘of great spirit and tenderness’.

 

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, 2014

Craig Sherborne

Craig Sherborne

Award-winning novelist, poet and memoirist Craig Sherborne lives outside Melbourne. Popular with Festival audiences, Craig will discuss his latest novel.

 

Off the Record

Off the Record, 2018

15 October 2017

Jock Serong

Jock Serong

Jock Serong's debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. On the Java Ridge is his third novel.

Jock teaches law and writes feature articles in the surfing media and for publications such as The Guardian and Slow Living. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy.

On the Java Ridge, 2017

Peter Mares

Peter Mares

For twenty-five years, Peter Mares was an ABC radio presenter and foreign correspondent in Hanoi. The author of the award-winning Borderline: Australia's Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa, Peter has written about migration for many media, including The Age, Australian Financial Review and Griffith Review. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and a senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent not-for-profit ethics organisation dedicated to cultivating wisdom in leadership.

Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.

Not Quite Australian, 2016

Special events

30 July 2017

Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby is a Sydney-based songwriter and musician. She has released five solo albums and a children’s album called See!

Holly has been nominated for four ARIA Awards – two for Best Female Artist, one for Best Children’s Album, and one as part of Seeker Lover Keeper, her band with Sally Seltmann and Sarah Blasko.

Holly has a distinctive lyric and a distinctive voice and has brought both to Goodwood, her first novel, to create something truly special.

For more details visit: www.hollythrosby.com

Goodwood, 2016

Lia Hills

Lia Hills

Lia Hills is a Melbourne-based novelist, poet, and translator of the French language. Her debut novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Living, was shortlisted for the Victorian, Queensland and West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, and the NZ Books Awards.

It has been translated into several languages. Other publications include her prize-winning poetry collection, the possibility of flight, and her translation of Marie Darrieussecq’s acclaimed novel, Tom is Dead.

Lia’s latest novel, The Crying Place, is set mostly in Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara country. Initially recorded rather than written, to get closer to traditional forms of storytelling, it is a haunting story about the landscapes that shape us and the ghosts that lay their claim.

Born in New Zealand, Lia lives with her family in the hills outside Melbourne.

For more details visit: www.liahills.com

 

The Crying Place, 2016


28 May 2017

Rosalie Ham

Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar is a writer, editor, and creative writing teacher. Born in Malaysia, she was educated in England, Sweden and Australia.

Salt Creek (Picador, 2015), her debut novel, won the Indie Award for Best Debut, the ABIA Matt Richell Award and the Dobbie Award. It was shortlisted for such prizes as the Miles Franklin and the UK’s Walter Scott Prize, and is longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. It will be published in the UK, the USA and in Europe in 2017.

Lucy’s short fiction has been published in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure and Best Australian Stories, and her non-fiction in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Womankind among others.

Lucy lives in Melbourne with her family.

Salt Creek, 2015

Jacinta Halloran

Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher who has taught in schools, at RMIT University, the State Library Victoria, and with Teachers Across Borders in Cambodia.

Skylarking (Black Inc., 2016), her debut novel, is based on the true story of Kate and Harriet, best friends growing up on a remote Australian cape in the 1880s, and the tragic event that befalls them.

Skylarking was named in Readings bookstore’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for the Indie Award for Best Debut in 2017.

Kate lives in Hurstbridge, Victoria, and is currently working on a new novel.

 

Skylarking, 2016


Special events

26 March 2017

Rosalie Ham

Rosalie Ham

Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne writer and literature teacher, and author of The Dressmaker, Summer at Mount Hope and There Should be More Dancing, which have been published in sixteen countries. The film of The Dressmaker was released in 2015 starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth. Rosalie has just completed her fourth novel, and will be discussing The Summer at Mount Hope.

Books l to r: The Dressmaker, 2000; film tie-in 2015
Summer at Mount Hope, 2005; reissued 2016
There Should be More Dancing, 2012

Jacinta Halloran

Jacinta Halloran

Jacinta Halloran is a medical practitioner and writer. Her third and latest novel, The Science of Appearances, is the intriguing tale of twins Dominic and Mary Quinn as they grow to adulthood in 1950s Kyneton and Melbourne. Jacinta will talk about the inspiration for her novel, and the ins, outs, ups and downs of the writing life.

Books l to r: Dissection, 2008
Pilgrimage, 2012
The Science of Appearances, 2016


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Hannie Rayson discussing Hello Beautiful


Special events

Magda Szubanski discussing Reckoning


Special events

Martin Flanagan discussing The Short Long Book


Special events

Peter Singer and Julian Savulescu discuss living ethically
with Senator Richard Di Natale


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