24 live events over

3 weekends

14 – 30 May 2021

24 live events over

3 weekends

COVID lockdown update:

Following the news that Victoria is going into lockdown following the recent Covid19 outbreak, we advise the final weekend of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival will be postponed. Read more about refund and ticketing info here.

14-30 May 2021

rethink

The Queenscliffe Literary Festival is a celebration of Australian writers, books and ideas featuring some of our finest authors and thinkers in a program of events designed to stimulate thought and discussion.

Our theme for 2021 is Rethink. With every aspect of our lives affected by the tumultuous events of 2020, let’s take time to dwell on what we have learned and how we can do better.

Begun in 2015 the festival is run by a voluntary committee of management as a not-for-profit incorporated association. All participants in the program are paid fees based on the Australian Society of Authors recommended rates.

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Featured Events

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Saturday 29 May

A Journey of Love, Snow, Fire and an Enchanted Beer Can

Award-winning science reporter Jonica Newby (Beyond Climate Grief) explores the emotional turmoil brought on by climate change in her often funny and deeply moving personal story. 

Jonica Newby in conversation with Josie Horne

POSTPONED

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Saturday 29 May

Alex Miller’s Max: A Conversation with History 

Max is Alex Miller’s widely acclaimed tribute to friend and Jewish Nazi-Resistance figure Max Blatt.

Alex Miller in conversation with Tom Griffiths

POSTPONED

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Sunday 30 May

Love, Trust and Control 

Celebrated author of Unpolished Gem Alice Pung (One Hundred Days) and Gina Wilkinson (When Apricots Bloom – inspired by her own experiences in Iraq) confront the complexities of friendship and love in their outstanding new novels. 

Alice Pung, Gina Wilkinson Chair: Maria Takolander

POSTPONED

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Venues

  1. Basil’s Farm
    43-53 Nye Road
    Swan Bay
  2. The Breeze
    55 Saltbush Circuit
    Point Lonsdale
  3. Point Lonsdale 
    Primary School Hall

    22 Bowen Road
    Point Lonsdale
  4. Queenscliff Town Hall
    50 Learmonth Street
    Queenscliff
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COVID Safe

For the safety of our audience, presenters and volunteers, the QLF adheres to Victorian Government COVIDSafe guidelines. Please check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for related updates. We will refund the ticket price for any COVID-19 related cancellation by QLF or if you must cancel for COVID-19 related reasons.

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