WordFest 2018

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WordFest 2018

 WordFest is here!

WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, The Sir John Monash Lecture,  writing workshops and two competitions: the Monash Short Story Competition and SnapStory.

WordFest offers high calibre speakers and has built a strong reputation for rewarding, inspiring and memorable events.

To book an event, call the phone number listed against the event or book online.

This years exciting program includes:

WordFest 2018 Launch with Nick Riewoldt:

Monday 18 June 2018. 6.30pm - 8.45pm. Monash Gallery of Art

No. 1 pick in the 2000 AFL draft, to six-time winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award, to five-time All Australian, to captaining his club for a record 220 games, to more than 330 games as a star of the AFL, Nick Riewoldt has had a stellar career. Nick's autobiography The Things that Make Us, is a revealing book that gives a fascinating perspective on his life and career, the good and bad of the spotlight and the devastating loss of his sister Madeleine to a rare bone marrow disease.

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Vikki Petraitis Author Talk:   Fully Booked

Tuesday 3 July 2018. 7pm - 8.30pm. Mount Waverley Library

Vikki Petraitis is well established as a writer of true-crime and has explored in fascinating detail numerous Victorian and Australian crimes throughout her award winning writing career. She has now published Once a Copper, the true story of a Brian “The Skull” Murphy, a fearless South Melbourne Police Officer who fought both crime on the streets as well as corruption within the police force in the 1950s.

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Julian Burnside Lecture:

Tuesday 10 July 2018. 7pm - 8.30pm. Monash Gallery of Art.

Queen’s Counsel Julian Burnside has represented numerous high profile clients. Since the 'children overboard' affair in 2001, he has become increasingly well-known for his passionate, articulate and constructive advocacy for both refugees and asylum seekers. Drawing on his professional experience, vast legal knowledge and deep empathy for human beings, Julian Burnside will deliver a unique lecture on the future of democracy in Australia.

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Jane Gilmore Lecture:

Thursday 12 July. 7pm - 8.30pm. Monash Gallery of Art.

Journalist Jane Gilmore writes on feminism, politics and media. These interests lead her to the #FixedIt project where she 'fixes' the gendered language in news headlines that normalises men's violence against women and children. Gilmore combines her experience in journalism with her aspirations to pursue and motivate change within Australian society.

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Ross McMullin Author Talk:

Thursday 19 July 2018. 7pm - 8.30pm. Mount Waverley Library.

Major General Harold Edward “Pompey” Elliott was a senior officer in the Australian Army who later served as a Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament. He is known as Australia’s most famous fighting General. During World War I he shared his thoughts and experiences with his wife through frank and illuminating correspondence. Award winning author Ross McMullin has produced a superb first-person narrative in Pompey Elliott at War and will bring Pompey Elliott’s story to life at this special event.

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In Conversation: Heather Morris (with Claire Halliday):

Thursday 26 July 2018.  7pm - 8.30pm. Monash Civic Centre.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the debut novel by Heather Morris that is captivating readers everywhere. It is based on the true story of two Slovakian Jews who met and fell in love while surviving the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. After the war ended the couple eventually made their way to Melbourne where they lived out their remaining years. The story remained a secret, untold until widower Lale Sokolov, the real tattooist of Auschwitz, revealed his story in his 80s to writer Heather Morris. Morris crafted this incredible true story into an equally incredible work of fiction.

Heather Morris will be interviewed by writer and journalist Claire Halliday.

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Writing Workshops

Writing Workshop (Adult): Rosalie Ham: Wheelers Hill Library

Saturday 30 June 2018. 10am - 1pm. $10.50

Rosalie Ham returns to WordFest to deliver a writing workshop to adult writers who wish to develop their creative writing skills. Rosalie Ham is well known for her enormously successful book The Dressmaker which gained further momentum after being released as a film in 2015.

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Writing Workshop (Youth) : Cath Crowley: Glen Waverley Library

Saturday 14 July 2018. 10.30am - 12.30pm. $10.50

Cath Crowley is an award winning author of young adult fiction published both in Australia and internationally. She is well known for her strong protagonists and engaging storylines. Cath Crowley also has a strong reputation for helping young writers to develop their own stories. We invite writers aged 12-17 to attend her workshop and learn more about the art of crafting stories.

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The Sir John Monash Lecture: Peter Greste

Thursday 5 July 2018, 6.30pm - 8pm at South 1 Lecture Theatre and South 1 Foyer, 43 Rainforest Walk, Monash University Clayton Campus.

Award winning journalist and war correspondent Peter Greste will speak on the legacy, achievement and contribution to Australian society of General Sir John Monash and his personal connection with Australia’s foremost military leader.

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Short Story Writing Competition 2018

The 22nd Annual Short Story Competition is a celebration of local emerging writers and is open to all members of the Monash community over the age of 12.

There are three categories of entry:

12-14 years, 15-17 years and Adult.

Cash prizes of up to $500 will be given to the winning entries. From 19 June onwards, entry forms and terms and conditions will be available at your local library or at: www.monlib.vic.gov.au/wordfest 

Key Dates: Tuesday 19 June 2018 from 10am, all library branches


Conditions of entry and how to enter: www.monlib.vic.gov.au/wordfest

Saturday 28 July 2018 at 4pm


Entry forms and short stories must be received by library.

Thursday 23 August 2018: 

AWARDS CEREMONY (evening event). In conjunction with SnapStory Competition

By invitation


The SnapStory Competition is a celebration of visual storytelling in the medium of photography. It is open to all members of the Monash community between the ages of 12-18 years.

There are two categories of entry: 12-15 years and 16-18 years. Cash prizes and vouchers up to the value of $500 will be given to the winning entries.

From 19 June onwards, entry terms and conditions will be available at your local library or at: www.monlib.vic.gov.au/wordfest

Key Dates: Tuesday 19 June from 10am, all library branches


Conditions of entry and how to enter: www.monlib.vic.gov.au/wordfest


Develop your photography skills and conceptualise your competition entry. Bookings: 9807 5022

Saturday 7 July 2018 at 11am at Mount Waverley Library.

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Thursday 23 August 2018

AWARDS CEREMONY (evening event). In conjunction with Short Story Competition.

By invitation.

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Last updated: 21 May 2018