Sadly, we have finally conceded and called off our plans to reschedule the Weekend Three events originally planned for our May Festival. 

We were fortunate to successfully stage Weekends One and Two back in the carefree days of May. Ticket sales broke our previous records and the audience showed up in COVIDSafe droves. Thank you to all those who have held onto their tickets in the hope of seeing the Weekend 3 events eventually staged — your support gave us the impetus to keep trying.

We look forward to sharing ideas, wisdom and laughs with you all in 2022.

Please email to advise Viv ( vivfog.qlf@gmail.com ) if you have queries regarding refunds or donations to the Festival.

Week one

Friday 14 May

12.00pm – 2.30pm

In Praise of Veg – Luncheon

Basil’s Farm
$65.00

Enjoy a fabulous meal cooked from recipes in Alice Zaslavsky’s superb new book and hear from Alice herself in conversation with Matt Preston.

Alice Zaslavsky, in conversation with Matt Preston.

Saturday 15 May

11.00am – 12.00pm

Breathless Prose

Queenscliff Town Hall
$25.00

Emma Viskic (Darkness for Light) and JP Pomare (Tell Me Lies) discuss why edgy, scary fiction is so enjoyable and why a Melbourne setting suits the genre so perfectly.

Emma Viskic, JP Pomare Chair: Jock Serong

2.00pm – 3.00pm

What’s News?

Queenscliff Town Hall
$25.00

Misha Ketchell, Editor of The Conversation (ANZ), Nikki Gemmell, author and columnist for The Australian Magazine, and Rick Morton, author and journalist, discuss the rapid changes in the media landscape.

Nikki Gemmell, Rick Morton Chair: Misha Ketchell

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Animals Make us Human

Queenscliff Town Hall
$25.00

Strong bonds with nature bring humanity, love and compassion to the fore.

Proceeds from book sales go to the Australian Marine Conservation Society and Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Panel: Meg Keneally (co-editor) and Emma Viskic (contributor). Chair: Jill Swanson.

6.00pm – 7.00pm

The Kindness Revolution

Queenscliff Town Hall
$30.00

Revolutions never start at the top. If we dare to dream of a more loving country, we must each live as if we already inhabit that country. In his wise and inspiring new book, Australia’s most respected social psychologist, Hugh Mackay, dares to think of a more loving country.

Hugh Mackay in conversation with Hilary Harper.

Sunday 16 May

11.00am–12.00pm

Shipwrecked Women

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25.00

Nikki Gemmell (The Ripping Tree) and Meg Keneally (The Wreck) embark on very different fictional paths to tell tales of immense courage and survival in colonial Australia.

Panel: Meg Keneally and Nikki Gemmell. Chair: Jock Serong.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

My Year of Living Vulnerably

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25.00

Rick Morton in conversation with Misha Ketchell.

Rick Morton, author of the acclaimed memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt, discusses his recent journey to rediscover love and show how we can’t live without it – even if, as Rick did for many years, we think we can.

Rick Morton in conversation with Misha Ketchell

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Hope is at the Heart of Love

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25.00

Kate O’Donnell and Nina Kenwood in conversation with Marion Lennox.

Kate O’Donnell (This One is Ours) and Nina Kenwood (It Sounded Better in My Head) discuss why today’s YA readers respond to age-old romance despite the complexity of their lives. In conversation with internationally renowned local romance writer Marion Lennox

Kate O’Donnell, Nina Kenwood In conversation with Marion Lennox

6.00pm – 7.00pm

Remembering Clive James

Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall
$25.00

ABC Radio presenter Michael Cathcart and playwright Hannie Rayson delve into the extraordinary treasure-house mind of the ‘Kid from Kogarah’ with readings, stories and more.

Hannie Rayson and Michael Cathcart