The Latrobe Literary Festival was first held in 2016 as a morning workshop and an afternoon author panel. It has grown since to include more diverse events such as performances, poetry and children’s activities. It is held annually in late May, usually during Library and Information Week.
An important aspect of the festival programming is to include local authors, whether for talks or as tutors. Over the years, we’ve programmed Gippsland-based writers including Honey Brown, Scot Gardner, Margareta Osborn, Alice Robinson, Amy Espeseth and more.
A mix of creative writing workshops and author presentations, the festival has attracted some big names and award-winning writers including Sofie Laguna, Alice Pung, Demet Divororen, Les Twentyman, Cath Crowley, Mark Brandi, Vikki Petraitis and Victoria Purman.
Latrobe Literary Festival is billed as ‘your local festival for all things reading and writing’. We want to break down the perception that literary festivals are elite or only for city folk. Everyone is welcome to attend our festival and enjoy its relaxed vibe.
Aussie crime writers Stephen Johnson & Hugh McGinlay will swivel the spotlight as they interrogate each other about their latest books.
Stephen, author of Boxed, and Hugh, author of Bodysurfing, will spill the beans on everything that goes into writing their page-turning crime series.
Stephen is an Australian-born writer, TV producer, kayaker and traveller who now plots crime fiction from his garret overlooking the Tamaki River in Auckland. His debut novel Tugga’s Mob was inspired by three seasons working as a tour guide on double decker buses around Europe in the ‘80s. It was a finalist in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best First Novel. Boxed is the second book to feature the Melbourne Spotlight television crew.
Hugh is a writer, musician and optimist. These poor career choices means that he has also worked as a bus driver, a kitchenhand, singing teacher and a seller of dental consumables. Now three books into the Catherine Kint series, he continues to be amazed at the levels his imaginary friends have been accepted into other peoples’ heads and bookshelves. As a musician he has released four albums and occasionally gets played on the radio. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, two children, a cat and six chickens.
Vikki Petraitis' career as a true-crime writer has spanned an impressive 25 years.
As a child, her love of reading was inspired by the adventures of the Famous Five and Nancy Drew, and today, as an award-winning writer, teacher, podcaster, and presenter, Vikki's love of the written word is even more passionate.
As if publishing more than 20 true-crime titles wasn't enough, Vikki's first podcast series - The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron (based on her first book, The Phillip Island Murder) - has seen her create an ongoing collaboration with the internationally successful Casefile podcast and achieve more than three million global downloads by people who appreciate her justice-led, victim-focused take on the complex and intriguing world of true-crime.
Vikki has recently been announced as the inaugural winner of Allen & Unwin's Crime Fiction Prize and her novel 'The Unbelieved' will be published in August.
Join Vikki Petraitis in person - and in conversation - with writer/interviewer, Claire Halliday.
Gorrie's award-winning memoir is the powerful story of her life as an Aboriginal female police officer - and her fight for justice both within and beyond the Australian police force.
Veronica Gorrie is a proud Kurnai woman, who grew up full of cheek - and with a fierce sense of justice. Gorrie signed up for training to become one of a rare few Aboriginal police officers in Australia and, in her ten years in the force, despite witnessing appalling institutional racism and sexism, she provided courageous and compassionate service to civilians in need, including many Aboriginals themselves.
With a great gift for storytelling and a wicked sense of humour, Gorrie explores the impact of intergenerational trauma resulting from cultural dispossession, and the inevitable difficulties of making her way as an Aboriginal woman in the white-and-male-dominated workplace of the police force.
Black and Blue saw Veronica Gorrie win Australia's richest literary prize - the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature at the Victorian Premier’s literary awards.
Black and Blue is a witty, wise memoir of remarkable resilience and in the lead-up to Reconciliation Week, this online event is timely and important.
Every story, long or short, requires characters that catch a reader’s attention, propelling the plot through the choices that they make. It’s necessary to consider backstory, tics and habits, psychological layers and communication styles to build a strong character with a rich internal landscape and a nuanced relationship to the world through which they move. In this workshop, learn how to develop complex and believable figures who’ll linger in the mind.
Amy Espeseth immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. A writer, publisher and academic, she is widely-published and is the recipient many scholarships, prizes and awards. Her first novel, Sufficient Grace (2012), received critical and popular acclaim.