Attend the Williamstown Literary Festival 2019 to hear from some of Melbourne's most colourful commentators, and talented authors.
The Willy Lit Fest is a big-hearted festival that brings the local and wider Melbourne community together. The theme for the 2019 is ‘Choose your own adventure’ - moving beyond comfort zones and taking bold new steps into unknown territory.
VU staff & students take part
VU has been supporting the event since inception and is once again delighted to be part of this year’s Festival. As well as a major sponsor to the event, VU academics and students are once again part of the festival program.
VU’s Honorary Professor in Creative Writing and Stella Prize nominee Enza Gandolfo is in conversation with author and journalist Helen Pitt. The House: Edifice as Icon discusses arguably the best-loved building in Australia, the Sydney Opera House, and how it nearly didn’t get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly changed.
Enza Gandolfo joins VU Polytechnic’s Professional Writing and Editing teacher Lucia Nardo in a free session titled Pathways to Publishing (bookings essential).
VU Poly students are supporting the judging of the Ada Cambridge Awards. This year will be the first time submission to the prose and poetry sections were open to all Victorian writers. VU sponsorship has provides more opportunity for recognition to inspiring writers and the VU judging panel certainly had their work cut out for them.
New Program Director Stella Kinsella said this year’s program has a line-up of some of the brightest titles publishing has in Australia for many years from across the country alongside the best of the west.
The festival will kick off with an opening night event at the luscious Sabastian Beach Grill overlooking the Bay, with a special Festival guest, the international bestselling author Caroline Overington.
It will welcome multi-Walkley-award–winning journalist and ABC Stalwart Kerry O’Brien to share some of the private life lived in the public eye, wrapped in nearly three quarters of a century of social and political theory.
Adults wanting to unpack what the banking royal commission exposed will be enthralled by the man behind The People vs The Banks – journalist, Michael Roddan, in conversation with George Megalogenis.
Clementine Ford, author, social commentator and feminist will chat with author of Into the Fire, Sonia Orchard on the fires of female friendship, exploring why we betray our friends, our ideals, ourselves and what we have learnt from the #metoomovement.
WLF will proudly welcome back Stereo Stories in Concert at Williamstown Town Hall. The concert promises a feast of music and memoir, that will feature stories by Arnold Zable, Andy Griffiths, Melanie Cheng, Brian Nankervis and more. With music by Marlon Williams, The Indigo Girls, Eurythmics and Australian Crawl, Stereo Stories is an evening like no other.
For families, the festival presents Imagination. Tumble down the rabbit hole with George Ivanoff speaking with Claire Saxby and Judy Horacek to fathom the role imagination plays in the development of young minds. Budding authors can take a workshop into story building with in The Hero Went Thataway; Write Your Own Adventure session.