Latrobe Literary Festival

Our 2019 festival is over! Thank you to our authors, presenters, supporting organisations and audiences for making the week so successful. The Latrobe Literary Festival will take place again in 2020 during the third week of May.



2019 Program


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Monday 20 May 10.30am to 12pm: Moe Library


  • This workshop will challenge your perception of what writing and poetry can be by using three different creative writing methods, introduced gradually:
    • Breath mapping , as used in art therapy to demarcate stress and anxiety
    • Free writing , where a continuous flow of writing insures that writers reach their subconscious and creative potential
    • Exquisite corpse, as developed by French Surrealists, in this collective writing game

Monday 20 May 6pm: Latrobe Regional Gallery

Free AUTHOR TALK: Alice Robinson 'The Glad Shout'
  • Alice will read from, and discuss, her latest novel The Glad Shout as well as her writing process.

Tuesday 21 May 2pm: Morwell Library

Free FIND YOUR TRIBE/AUTHOR TALK Afternoon Tea with Author Megan Blandford
  • Megan will talk about her book I'm Fine (and Other Lies) Postnatal Depression, Motherhood, and Trying to Actually Be Fine. 

Tuesday 21 May 7.30pm: Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon

SWANSONG: Special Rate for Literary Festival attendees
  • An award winning Irish monodrama written by acclaimed writer/director Connor McDermottroe. For your festival rate tickets, visit the Latrobe Performing Arts Box Office or book online at

Wednesday 22 May 6pm: Traralgon Library

Free PRESENTATION: Sherlock Holmes 'However Improbable'
  • Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day with writer Narrelle Harris' entertaining and insightful talk on all things elementary.

Thursday 23 May: 6pm Traralgon Library

Free PERFORMANCE: Jane Austen: 'A Most Perfect Persuasion'
  • Actor Lise Rodgers delivers a stunning and fully costumed spoken word performance of Jane Austen's last novel 'Persuasion'.

Friday 24 May 6pm: Moe Library

Free AUTHOR TALK:  Leah Mether presents her book 'Soft is the New Hard'
  • Local communications specialist Leah Mether talks about her approach to life and work and the self-publishing process.

Saturday 25 May 10am: Moe Library 

Free WRITERS WORKSHOP: Writing Short Fiction

  • Local author Alanah Andrews will take you through first drafts, beta reading, the difference between long and short fiction and more in this two-hour interactive workshop. Places limited.

Saturday 25 May 1pm: Moe Library 

Free WRITERS WORKSHOP: What is Writing?

  • Writer in Residence Michelle Roger will talk about her current digital media project, disability and the arts and break down some of the barriers you might face when thinking about what writing means to you. This workshop is open to writers of all abilities. Places limited.

Sunday 26 May 12.30pm to 2pm: Moe Library

Free POETRY JAM with Sofie Dieu

  • Celebrate Latrobe City Artist in Community Sofie Dieu and the artwork that she will create during her residency. The community can bring and share their own poetry (environmental anxiety focus) in the form of poetry jam.

Sunday 26 May 3pm to 4.30pm: Traralgon Library

Free PANEL DISCUSSION: Writers Victoria ‘30 Years of Victorian Crime Writing’
  • Featuring Vikki Petraitis, Mark Brandi, Anna Snoekstra, Kelly Gardiner and facilitated by Nic Brasch, chair Writers Victoria.


The Latrobe Literary Festival is supported by Reader's Emporium, Franklin St, Traralgon.