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CELEBRATION OF BOOKS MALENY is a boutique community event designed to embrace and inspire all who love books. Our coordinating team include booksellers, librarians, authors, artists, editors, arts administrators and teachers, brought together by a shared passion for the written word. Set in the gorgeous Sunshine Coast hinterland, the scenic book town of Maleny plays host each year to a weekend dedicated to celebrating all things books, reading and writing. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 festival.
This year’s guests and books…

Festival Guests

Find out more about this year’s festival guests

Kate Evans

Kate Evans

Literary Commentator and MC

Kate Evans has worked in radio, TV, book publishing and universities. She has spent time both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone, on a range of programs including Rear Vision, Hindsight, Life Matters, The Comfort Zone, The Book Show, Australia Talks and MovieTime. Kate currently presents The Bookshelf on ABC RN (with Cassie McCullagh) – a weekly discussion of the latest in fiction. She has a PhD in history and is surrounded by teetering piles of books.
Sally Piper

Sally Piper

Author

Sally Piper’s debut novel, Grace’s Table was shortlisted in the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards – Emerging Queensland Author category and she was awarded a Varuna Publishing Fellowship for her manuscript. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in Australia and the UK. She presents workshops and seminars for the Queensland Writers Centre and mentors on their ‘Writer’s Surgery’ program. Her second novel The Geography of Friendship will be published in July 2018.
Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton

Author

Trent Dalton writes for the The Weekend Australian Magazine. He has won a Walkley, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award. His debut literary fiction novel, Boy Swallows Universe, will be published in June, 2018.
Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe

Author

Mirandi Riwoe is a Brisbane-based writer. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella prize and was shortlisted for the 2018 Stellar Prize. Her debut novel, She be Damned, was released in 2017. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian FictionRexPeril and Shibboleth and Other Stories, and she has received fellowships from the Queensland Literary Awards and Griffith Review. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

Program Overview

DAY 1: FRIDAY
13 July

POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS
Tickets $25. 1.00pm – 5.00pm
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM CHILDREN’S BOOKS DISPLAY
Free Event. 9.00am – 5.30pm
THE DREAM BIRD BOOK LAUNCH PYJAMA PARTY
Free Event. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
ROSETTA BOOKS PRESENTS
BRI LEE WITH KATE EVANS
A conversation with ABC Radio National’s Kate Evans and
Bri Lee, powerful new literary voice
Tickets $18. 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Doors open at 5.30pm. Refreshments on the MCC Deck
Event commences at 6.30pm.

DAY 2: SATURDAY
14 July

BUMPER BOOK SALE
9.00am – 11.30am
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM CHILDREN’S BOOKS DISPLAY
Free Event. 9.00am – 12.00pm
SUNSHINE STORYTIME PARTY
Free Event. 10.00am – 11.30am
BOOK FOLDING – ANITA GRAY
Free Event. 10.00am – 11.00am
POETRY ON THE PRECINCT
Free Event. 10.30am – 11.30am
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: FAIRIES, UNICORNS & DRAGONS for children
$20. 12.30pm – 1.30pm
MAGIC MOUNTAIN: ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP for children
$20. 2.00pm – 3.00pm
MALENY BIG BOOK CLUB
$18. 1.30pm – 4.15pm
DINNER & MOVIE
Dinner: 6.00pm | Movie: 7.15pm.
$13. (Temp. member)

DAY 3: SUNDAY
15 July

SUNDAY MORNING TALKING WRITING
A panel discussion with leading Australian authors and literary commentators.
Literary Commentator: Kate Evans
Authors: Trent Dalton, Mirandi Riwoe and Sally Piper
$18. 10.30am – 11.45am
Doors open at 10.00am for morning tea.
Event commences 10.30am

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