Chair of the judging panel Kerryn Goldsworthy said the shortlist ‘features a wide variety of subject matter and genre … The list contains a collection of short stories and a verse novel; it includes fantasy, speculative fiction, two historical novels and one that has been described as Australian Gothic,’ said Goldsworthy. ‘There are stories set in the past, the present and the future; there are stories set in both urban and rural Australia as well as in other countries and imagined places.’
The Lighthouse Literary Festival will be held in Victoria over the weekend of Friday 20th, Sat 21st, Sunday 22nd April, 2012 at the Aireys Inlet Pub. Writers workshops will be at the Lightkeepers Inn conference rooms. The festival will introduce a stellar line-up of award-winning authors, poets, playwrights, publishers, editors, essayists, broadcasters, cartoonists and actors to the community on the surf coast of Victoria. It will showcase authors who have published new books within the past twelve months. The wonderful and inspiring Julian Burnside QC will give the keynote address.
Congratulations to guest speakers Favel Parrett and Charlotte Wood for their nomination for the prestigious 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award! – Charlotte Wood for Animal People and Victorian novelist Favel Parrett for Past The Shallows.
The creator of The Age’s Naked Man comic strip will reveal all and panellists, including much loved authors Cate Kennedy, Carrie Tiffany, Charlotte Wood, Favel Parrett, Paddy O’Reilly and Chris Womersely will discuss a range of topics including what makes a great character, drawing inspiration from the wild and melancholy landscape of Australia, whether or not literature is ‘improving’, the role of the sin in modern consciousness, and the place of activism in contemporary Australia.
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2012 @ Aireys Inlet Pub 45 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231 Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5289 7052 Full weekend program $110 (Concession for Seniors/Students $95.00) Saturday Day and Keynote Address Pass $85.00 (No Concession) Sunday Day Pass $65 (No Concession) Festival Workshops $45 – $65.00
Bookings: Tickets are now available for the Lighthouse Literary Fest at Great Escape Books in Aireys Inlet. This is a ticketed, seated event and there are limited numbers.