Week one

The QLF Weekend Pass gives you great value for your Festival dollar with entry into every author event over the Saturday and Sunday.  It’s a great way to discover new authors and hear from someone you might never have before.

Friday 13 May

12.00pm – 2.30pm

Matt Preston’s World of Flavour

Basil’s Farm
$75.00

Join everyone’s favourite cravat-wearing cook as he takes us on a food journey around the world.

Matt Preston in conversation with Alice Zaslavsky

SOLD OUT

Saturday 14 May

11.00am

The Anatomy of a Thriller

Queenscliff Town Hall
$25 / $18 conc.

Novelist and screenwriter Christian White (Wild Place) and actor turned writer Anna Downes (The Shadow House) explore suspense writing for page and screen.

Christian White, Anna Downes
Chair: Mark Smith

2.00pm

Clear and Present Danger

Queenscliff Town Hall
$25 / $18 conc.

Journalist Van Badham (QAnon and On) delves into the short and shocking history of internet cults and how they threaten democracy itself.

Van Badham in conversation with Paul Barclay

4.00pm

The Uncaged Sky

Queenscliff Town Hall
$30 / $22 conc.

Hear the extraordinary true story of Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s fight to survive 804 days imprisoned in Iran.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert in conversation with Paul Barclay

SOLD OUT

6.00pm

The Good Fight

Queenscliff Town Hall
$30 / $22 conc.

Trailblazing feminist Wendy McCarthy (Don’t Be Too Polite, Girls) on how she learned to navigate bias, barriers, and boys’ clubs.

Wendy McCarthy in conversation with Grace Jennings-Edquist

Sunday 15 May

11.00am

Reckoning With Risk

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25 / $18 conc.

When the New York Times’ Damien Cave (Into the Rip) saw his kids leap into the surf at Nippers, he realised Australians have a unique approach to risk and wondered if that’s a good thing. 

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, all bookings will be refunded. 

Damien Cave in conversation with Mark Smith

2.00pm

Saving the ABC

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25 / $18 conc.

The ABC is besieged by budget cuts, board-stacking, relentless criticism, and crises. Media expert Matthew Ricketson (Who Needs the ABC, with Patrick Mullins) explains why taking it for granted is no longer an option.

Matthew Ricketson in conversation with Van Badham

4.00pm

Poetry Alive to its Time

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25 / $18 conc.

When nothing else makes sense, listen to the poets. 

Maria Takolander (Trigger Warning) and Lisa Gorton (Empirical) in conversation with Sarah L’Estrange

In partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries 

6.00pm – 7.00pm

The Unauthorised History of Australia

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25.00

David Hunt’s three volumes (Girt) trample the familiar tall poppies of schoolroom history to tell hilarious true tales of the criminals, snobs, wowsers and feminists who weren’t going to take it anymore. 

David Hunt in conversation with Sarah L’Estrange