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Wednesday April 24
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Portsea RSL

Gallipoli
How one campaign defined a nation

Judith Brett and Patrick Carlyon with Michael Cathcart

History, War, Australia

Wednesday April 24
4.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Portsea RSL

War Stories
Our writer friends read words from the battlefields

Patrick Carlyon, Inala Cooper, Hannie Rayson and Michael Veitch with Corrie Perkin

History, War, Literature, Poetry

Wednesday April 24
5.30pm

120 mins

Sorrento Portsea RSL

Don't Shoot the Messenger
Live Recording of Podcast

Corrie Perkin and Caroline Wilson with Guest Marg Downey

Podcast, Popular Culture

Wednesday April 24
5.30pm

90 mins

Sorrento Museum

The Soldier's Letter
A personal view of The Great War

with Clive Smith and Michael Veitch

Followed by Museum Drinks

History, War, Memoir

Thursday April 25
1.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

War and Words
Why documenting conflict and terrorism matters

Nick McKenzie, Andrew Quilty, and Michael Veitch with Sally Warhaft

History, War, Journalism

Thursday April 25
2.30pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

In Conversation
Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan with Jaclyn Crupi

Crime Fiction, Writing

Thursday April 25
4.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Other People’s Lives (i)
Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Judith Brett, Sarah Krasnostein and Walter Marsh with Michael Cathcart

Literature, Writing, Fiction

Thursday April 25
5.15pm

120 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

The Barry Jones Oration by Don Watson

Plus the presentation of the Sorrento Creative Writing Prize by Helen Sykes of Future Leaders, and Acknowledgement of Country with Lionel and Skyla Lauch of Living Culture

Society, Democracy, Politics, Commentary

Thursday April 25
1.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

In Conversation
Anna Funder

Anna Funder via Zoom with Celia Hirsh

Literature, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Biography

Thursday April 25
4.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Nice Place For a Murder
The role of small towns and close-knit communities in crime fiction

Shelley Burr, Aoife Clifford and Adrian Hyland with Tim Byrne

Crime Fiction, Writing

Thursday April 25
5.15pm

75 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Dear Mum, You’re In My Book
The challenges of writing memoir

Robyn Davidson, Helen Elliott, Alex Miller and Rachelle Unreich with Ramona Koval

Memoir, Autobiography

Thursday April 25
1.00pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Chapter One
How novels begin and where my ideas come from

Mark Brandi, Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion with Laura Macdonald

Literature, Writing, Fiction

Thursday April 25
2.30pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

The Migration Story in Contemporary Fiction

Kgshak Akec, Leah Kaminsky, Ian Roberts and Saman Shad with Inala Cooper

Literature, Fiction, Society, Migration, Racism

Thursday April 25
2.30pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

The EM Forster Project
Investigating why one of the world’s great authors stopped writing novels

University of Melbourne students Lottie Dalton and Miranda Guy and Barry Jones with Corrie Perkin

History, Literature, Biography

Thursday April 25
5.00pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Poetry Soiree
Free your mind, the rest will follow

Omar Sakr and Richard King with Jock Serong

Poetry

Thursday April 25
1.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Museum

Please Read Me A Story
The importance of bringing children and books together

Michael Carr-Gregg, Michael Earp, Jane Godwin and Anna Walker with Nicole Hayes

Education, Literacy, Children, Parenting

Thursday April 25
2.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Museum

Dynamic Workplaces and Good Leaders
How do we find them? How do we create them?

Mim Bartlett and Bernard Salt discuss with Julia Banks

Society, Work, Leadership

Thursday April 25
4.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Museum

After Lizzie and Darcy
Great lovers and sizzling romance in contemporary fiction

Michael Earp, Madeleine Gray, Saman Shad and Graeme Simsion with Jaclyn Crupi

Literature, Fiction, Romance Fiction

Thursday April 25
5.15pm

75 mins

Sorrento Museum

The George Coppin Story

Simon Plant, Clive Smith and Fiona Gruber discuss the American years of Sorrento’s most famous founding father

History, Australia

Thursday April 25
1.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Can Faith Heal An Angry World?

Michael Gawenda and Greg Sheridan with Amanda Smith

Society, Faith, Religion And Spirituality

Thursday April 25
2.30pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

In Conversation
Alex Miller

Alex Miller with Michael Shmith

Literature, Memoir

Thursday April 25
4.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

How To Grow Old
It ain’t for the faint-hearted

Michael Carr-Gregg, Karen Inge and Bernard Salt with Hannie Rayson

Society, Mind And Body, Health

Thursday April 25
7.00pm

120 mins

Antipodes Book Shop and Gallery

Story Slam
with Jane Hone

This is a special event. A community, open-mic event where storytellers gather to share five-minute stories on the night's theme which is "Journeys" - without notes. This is a separate ticketed event.

Storytelling

Friday April 26
8.15am

45 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

The Morning Feed
Join our chat about the news of the day

Inala Cooper and Michael Gawenda with Tom Wright

Current Affairs

Friday April 26
9.00am

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Truth
War’s first casualty?

John Lyons, Nick McKenzie, Andrew Quilty and Sally Young with Ian Henderson

History, War, Journalism

Friday April 26
10.30am

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

In Conversation
Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander with Celia Hirsh

Food, Gardening, Friendship

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

The 200th Anniversary of Australia’s First Free Press
Are we still free?

Eric Beecher, Catharine Lumby and Sally Young with Ranald Macdonald

History, Australia, Journalism

Friday April 26
1.30pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Unlocking Australia’s Potential
How First Nations learnings can help us thrive, understand and connect

Jack Manning Bancroft, Thomas Mayo and Margo Neale with Inala Cooper

History, Australia, Society, First Nations, Culture

Friday April 26
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

Australia’s Role on the World Stage
Key role or bit player?

Sam Roggeveen and Greg Sheridan with Jon Faine

Australia, Politics, Current Affairs, Geopolitics

Friday April 26
8.15am

45 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Modernism (i)
The Art Breakfast: The Heide crowd, its impact and influence on modern Australian art

Jane Eckett, Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan with Corrie Perkin

History, Australia, Art

Friday April 26
9.00am

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Modernism (ii)
How mid-century architecture changed domestic life

Fiona Austin, Patricia Callan and Greer Honeywill with Fiona Gruber

History, Australia, Architecture

Friday April 26
10.30am

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Modernism (iii) Mid-Century Australian Art
The heroes, the promoters and the exiles

Lesley Harding, Rodney James and Kendrah Morgan with Charlotte Guest

History, Australia, Art

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

The Legacy of Holocaust Stories
In fiction and non-fiction, 20th Century European Jewish history still resonates

Michael Gawenda, Leah Kaminsky and Rachelle Unreich with Liz Porter

History, War, Literature, Religion And Spirituality

Friday April 26
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

The Art of the Cookbook
(and why do I have so many on my shelf?)

Stephanie Alexander, Julia Busuttil-Nishimura and Belinda Jeffery with Jaclyn Crupi

Food, Publishing

Friday April 26
3.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Understanding Rupert
The influence and legacy of media proprietor Rupert Murdoch

Ranald Macdonald, Paddy Manning, Walter Marsh and Sally Young with Corrie Perkin

Journalism, Biography, Business

Friday April 26
4.30pm

90 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Talking Footy Event

with Samantha Lane, Mike Sheahan and Caroline Wilson with Steve Perkin. This is a special event

Australia, Sport

Friday April 26
9.00am

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Come In, The Water’s Fine
Three of Australia’s hottest new novelists discuss their debut fiction

Kgshak Akec, Abby Corson and Steph Vizard with Nicole Hayes

Australia, Literature, Writing, Fiction

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Writers on Writing
Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Melissa Ashley, Karen Viggers and Chris Womersley with Laura Macdonald

Literature, Writing

Friday April 26
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

Between Us
Two friends discuss the ties that bind: Deborah Conway and Caroline Wilson

Deborah Conway and Caroline Wilson

Journalism, Friendship, Music

Friday April 26
3.00pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Writers on Writing
Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Adrian Hyland, Richard King and Saman Shad with Sam Lane

Literature, Writing

Friday April 26
4.30pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Cripes, You Can’t Say That!
What is free speech and what are we afraid of?

Dennis Glover and Lucinda Holdforth with Hannie Rayson

Society, Democracy, Free Speech

Friday April 26
6.15pm

75 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

The Story Lab
Over Friday night drinks, watch a story come to life in real time as our writers pitch their synopsis

Ben Ball, Chris Hammer, Dervla McTiernan, Hannie Rayson and Jock Serong with Jane Hone

Storytelling, Publishing

Friday April 26
9.00am

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Page-turner novels and why we love them

Shelley Burr, Aoife Clifford, Garry Disher and Adrian Hyland with Liz Porter

Literature, Crime Fiction, Fiction

Friday April 26
10.30am

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

Telling Australia’s History

Judith Brett, Inala Cooper, Kate Fullagar and Don Watson with Michael Cathcart

History, Australia, Society, First Nations

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Writers on Children’s Writing
Four children’s authors and illustrators discuss the process of creating books for kids

Jane Godwin, Andrea Rowe and Anna Walker with Nicole Hayes

Writing, Children, Reading

Friday April 26
1.30pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Australia 2024
Who are we, what do we like, what are we thinking and what are we buying?

Ross Honeywill and Bernard Salt with Stephen Lunn

Australia, Society, Business, Retail, Trends

Friday April 26
3.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Climate, Crisis and Cop28
Have we lost the war?

Peter Christoff and John Hewson with Kate Mildenhall

Politics, Environment, Climate Change

Friday April 26
4.30pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

In Conversation
Chris Hammer and Dervla McTiernan

Chris Hammer and Dervla McTiernan with Tim Byrne

Literature, Crime Fiction, Publishing

Friday April 26
9.00am

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

Digging Deep
Finding the courage to tell my story

Jan Cochrane-Harry, Robyn Davidson, Lech Blaine and Grace Tame with Sally Warhaft

Memoir, Autobiography

Friday April 26
10.30am

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

The Plot Thickens
Three fiction writers reveal their storytelling process

Melissa Ashley, Mark Brandi and Dervla McTiernan with Hannie Rayson

Literature, Writing

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

Books as Game Changers
Three authors reflect upon their own books, and the work of others

Sarah Krasnostein and Christos Tsiolkas discuss with Chloe Hooper

Writing, Society, Publishing

Friday April 26
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

In Conversation
Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood with Ramona Koval

Literature, Writing, Fiction

Friday April 26
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Other People’s Lives (ii)
Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Troy Bramston, Kate Fullagar and David Marr with Michael Veitch

History, Biography

Friday April 26
4.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Pinot and Poetry

Susie Anderson, Richard King and Omar Sakr discuss their art with Jaclyn Crupi

Poetry

Saturday April 27
8.15am

45 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

The Morning Feed
Join our chat about the news of the day

John Lyons and Niki Savva with Tom Wright

Current Affairs

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Toward 2030
Who will be the world’s superpowers and major players?

John Lyons, Sam Roggeveen and Ilaria Walker with Natasha Mitchell

Politics, Geopolitics

Saturday April 27
10.30am

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

Journalism or Fake News
How did we find ourselves in an era of mistruths and misinformation

Nick McKenzie, Louise Milligan and Niki Savva with Sally Warhaft

Journalism, Democracy

Saturday April 27
1.30pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Creating Real Change Through Truth-telling, Songlines and Shared Knowledge

David Marr, Thomas Mayo and Margo Neale with Natasha Mitchell

Australia, Society, First Nations

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Between Us
Two friends discuss the ties that bind: Marg Downey and Magda Szubanski

Marg Downey and Magda Szubanski with Corrie Perkin

Friendship, Theatre, Film, Comedy, Acting

Saturday April 27
6.00pm

150 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Words & Music

This is a special event: Monique DiMattina performs 'Stella: The Miles Franklin Story' - Unplugged
Followed by
Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier

Music

Saturday April 27
8.15am

45 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

In Praise of Hilary Mantel

Bill Hamilton and Nicholas Pearson via Zoom from the UK with Jonathan Green

Literature, Writing, Publishing

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

In Praise of Roses
The allure of the world’s favourite flower

Fiona Brockhoff, Jac Semmler and Pip Steele Wareham with Corrie Perkin

History, Gardening

Saturday April 27
10.30am

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Thank you, Bacchus
The joy of cooking and sharing a meal with others

Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Jaclyn Crupi, Karen Inge and Belinda Jeffery with Celia Hirsh

Food, Publishing

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

The Life and Legacy of Stella Maria Miles Franklin

Kgshak Akec, Amy Brown, Monique DiMattina and Clare Wright with Fiona Sweet

History, Australia, Literature, Feminism

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Rewilding, Renewing and Rethinking
How we are applying new ideas to save our environment

Fiona Brockhoff, Peter Christoff, Jac Semmler and Kylie Soanes with Jonathan Green

Society, Architecture, Environment, Climate Change

Saturday April 27
1.30pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

My Creative Journey

Dancer David McAllister, artist Lisa Roet and poet Omar Skar discuss their art, their inspirations, their creative highs and lows with Michael Shmith

Writing, The Arts

Saturday April 27
4.30pm

75 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

A Reading of Hannie’s Work-In-Progress Play

Marg Downey, Libbi Gorr and Jane Montgomery Griffiths with Hannie Rayson

Writing, The Arts, Playwriting

Saturday April 27
6.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

In Conversation
Ann Cleeves

A glass of wine with Ann Cleeves via Zoom from the UK and Jason Steger

Literature, Crime Fiction

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Writers on Writing
Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Melanie Joosten, Amy Brown and Liam Pieper with Tim Byrne

Literature, Writing

Saturday April 27
1.30pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

From Front Page to Bestseller
How easy is it to flick the switch from journalism to fiction?

Chris Hammer, Wendy Harmer, Louise Milligan and Chris Womersley with Steve Perkin

Journalism, Writing, Fiction

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Writers on Writing
Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Kgshak Akec, Sarah Bailey and Tony Birch with Nicole Hayes

Literature, Writing

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Characters, I’ve Killed A Few
Why we write crime fiction

Sarah Bailey, Chris Hammer and Amanda Hampson with Steve Perkin

Crime Fiction, Writing, Fiction

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Once Upon a Time…
How historical fiction helps us understand the past, the present – and ourselves

Melanie Joosten, Leah Kaminsky and Jock Serong with Peter Wilmoth

Literature, Writing, Fiction

Saturday April 27
10.30am

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Call My Agent
How to get in the door, noticed, read, remembered and published

Ben Ball, Kate Mildenhall and Liam Pieper with Irma Gold

Writing, Publishing

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Living in the Future
AI, Chat GPT and the changing face of learning

Jon Faine, Richard King and Zoe McKenzie with Peter Wilmoth

Education, AI, Science And Technology

Saturday April 27
4.30pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

From The Top
Setting standards in Parliament House

Julia Banks, Troy Bramston, Kate Jenkins and Amy Remeikis with Madeleine Grummet

Society, Politics, Feminism, Sexism

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Lunch with The Good Ones
Story Matters in The Big Sell: A dive into what makes successful advertising in 2024

Good One Creative with Russel Howcroft

Storytelling, Advertising, Marketing

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

In Conversation
Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville with Ramona Koval

Australia, Writing, Fiction

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

The Accountability Roundtable
Why truth, facts and accountability are more important than ever

Lucinda Holdforth, Barry Jones, John Hewson and Peter Singer with Sally Warhaft

Society, Politics, Behavior, Governance

Saturday April 27
4.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Tall Tales of True Crime
Why we can’t get enough

Gideon Haigh and John Silvester with Jon Faine

Non-Fiction, True Crime

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Unpacking Australian Literature
Why telling our own stories matters

Tony Birch, Jock Serong and Charlotte Wood discuss with Sarah L’Estrange

Australia, Literature, Storytelling

Saturday April 27
10.30am

60 mins

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

In Conversation
Gail Jones

Gail Jones with Fiona Gruber

Literature, Writing

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

After Attenborough, Who or What Will Save Our Planet?

Peter Christoff and Kylie Soanes with Amanda Smith

Environment, Climate Change, Science And Technology, Global Warming

Saturday April 27
1.30pm

60 mins

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Inspired by Real Events
How novelists weave fact into their fiction

Melissa Ashley, Dennis Glover and Kate Grenville with Irma Gold

Fiction

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

The Leap From Page to Screen
Exploring the nuanced process in-between

Shaun Grant, Michael Lucas and Christos Tsiolkas with Laura Macdonald

Writing, Fiction, Film

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Golf Club

Between Us
Two friends discuss the ties that bind: Lindsay Fox and Bill Kelty

Lindsay Fox and Bill Kelty with Barrie Cassidy

Politics, Friendship, Business

Saturday April 27
9.00am

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

Other People’s Lives (iii)
Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Catharine Lumby, Paddy Manning and Clare Wright with Laura Macdonald

Literature, Writing

Saturday April 27
10.30am

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Between Us
Two friends discuss the ties that bind: Julia Banks and Grace Tame

Julia Banks and Grace Tame with Sam Lane

Society, Politics, Feminism, Equality, The Law, Justice

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

The Good, The Bad and The Underwhelming
What does good political leadership look like

Lech Blaine, Troy Bramston and Niki Savva with Brendan Donohoe

Politics, Leadership

Saturday April 27
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

Crooks I Have Known

Betty King, Nick McKenzie and John Silvester with Libbi Gorr

True Crime, The Law

Saturday April 27
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

USA Today
Looking ahead to the November election

Sam Roggeveen, Don Watson and Bruce Wolpe with Heather Ewart

Politics, Current Affairs, Geopolitics, USA

Saturday April 27
4.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

The Art of the Essay

Sarah Krasnostein, David Marr and Laura Tingle with Ramona Koval

Journalism, Writing, Non-Fiction, Essay

Sunday April 28
8.15am

45 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

The Morning Feed
Join our chat about the news of the day

Erik Jensen and Amy Remeikis with Tom Wright

Current Affairs

Sunday April 28
9.00am

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

After the Referendum
What happens next?

Troy Bramston, Wesley Enoch, Thomas Mayo and Laura Tingle with Jon Faine

Australia, Politics, First Nations, Social, Reform

Sunday April 28
10.30am

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

In Conversation
David Marr

David Marr with Barrie Cassidy

Australia, Journalism, Writing, Non-Fiction, First Nations

Sunday April 28
12.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

When Good People Happen to Great Causes
How to help important issues grow wings

Nick Reece, Lyn Swinburne, Grace Tame and Clare Wright with Heather Ewart

Society, Leadership, Justice, Reform

Sunday April 28
1.30pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Boards Behaving Badly
How elitism, sexism, cover-ups and stuff-ups can ruin a company’s reputation

Kate Jenkins, Stephen Mayne, Nick McKenzie and Nick Reece with Peter Inge

Business, Governance, The Law

Sunday April 28
3.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Democracy Is Fragile
How did this happen and what must we do?

John Hewson, Niki Savva, Don Watson and Bruce Wolpe with Barrie Cassidy

History, Democracy, Politics, The Law, Social Reform

Sunday April 28
8.15am

45 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Breakfast With The Bots
Does AI rob us of our creativity and humanity?

Dave King, Richard King and Zoe McKenzie with Libbi Gorr

Society, The Arts, AI, Science And Technology

Sunday April 28
8.15am

45 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Breakfast with The Bard
A celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's first folio

Wesley Enoch, Barry Jones and Jane Montgomery Griffiths with Michael Cathcart

History, Literature, Publishing, The Arts, Stage

Sunday April 28
9.00am

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Love, Lust and Literature
Exploring matters of the heart in books and other art forms

Barry Jones and Christos Tsiolkas with Michael Shmith

Literature, The Arts, Romance, Love

Sunday April 28
12.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

We are Sick of Feeling Unsafe
Feminism’s next challenge

Rosie Batty, Kate Jenkins and Catharine Lumby with Madeleine Grummet

Feminism, Equality, Justice, Social Reform, Violence

Sunday April 28
1.30pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

The Trump Phenomenon
Can 2016 really happen again?

Ilaria Walker and Bruce Wolpe with Cameron Stewart

Politics, USA

Sunday April 28
3.00pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

Words Matter
How writing can create understanding, build bridges and changes lives

Kate Grenville, Nam Le and Thomas Mayo with Michael Shmith

Literature, Writing

Sunday April 28
9.00am

45 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

The Back Page
Sportswriting, cracking stories and how to capture legendary moments

Gideon Haigh, Sam Lane and Caroline Wilson with Steve Perkin

Journalism, Sport

Sunday April 28
10.30am

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Writers on Writing
Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Dennis Glover, Gail Jones and Myfanwy Jones with Laura Macdonald

Literature, Writing

Sunday April 28
12.00pm

60 mins

Ellen Grant Hall

Burning Issues Dressed Up As Fiction
How novels help us understand our world

Liam Pieper, Jessie Stephens, Karen Viggers and Chris Womersley with Jason Steger

Literature, Fiction, Current Affairs

Sunday April 28
3.00pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

The Healing Power of Writing
The magic of catharsis and the power of facing past trauma

Alexandra Collier, Dassi Erlich, Mimi Kwa and Nova Weetman with Amanda Smith

Memoir, Writing

Sunday April 28
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

In Conversation
Nam Le

Nam Le with Sarah L’Estrange

Australia, Poetry, Writing

Sunday April 28
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

The Power of Editorials
Do people still listen? Should they listen?

Eric Beecher, Erik Jensen and Laura Tingle with Jon Faine

Journalism, Democracy

Sunday April 28
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

In Conversation
Peter Singer

Peter Singer with Michael Cathcart

Education, Social Reform, Philosophy, Ethics

Sunday April 28
9.00am

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

The Power of the Podcast
How they impact storytelling, record history and generate vital discussion

John Silvester, Jessie Stephens and Hedley Thomas with Jonathan Green

Podcast, Journalism

Sunday April 28
10.30am

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Australian Politics
Toward the 2025 election

Lech Blaine, Erik Jensen, Amy Remeikis and Niki Savva with Brendan Donohoe

Australia, Politics, Leadership, Media

Sunday April 28
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

How My Life and My Story Became a Bestseller
What happens when your story takes on a new life

Dassi Erlich, Mimi Kwa and Magda Szubanski with Hannie Rayson

Writing, Fiction

Sunday April 28
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

The Newsreader Unpacked
Why this ABC series made brilliant TV

Marg Downey, Michael Lucas, William McInnes and Lisa Millar with Tom Wright

Journalism, Film, The Arts

Sunday April 28
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Community Centre

In Conversation
Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty with Sam Lane

Memoir, True Crime, The Law, Social Reform

Sunday April 28
1.30pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

In Conversation
Hedley Thomas

Hedley Thomas with Stephen Lunn

Podcast, Journalism, True Crime

Sunday April 28
10.30am

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

In Conversation
William McInnes

William McInnes with Amanda Smith

Sunday April 28
10.30am

The Ballroom, The Continental

Your ABC
An Endangered Species?

Jon Faine, Wendy Harmer and Ranald Macdonald with Libbi Gorr

Saturday April 27
10.30am

Sorrento Bowls Club

Storytelling on Stage

Wesley Enoch, David McAllister and Hannie Rayson with Michael Shmith

Friday April 26
10.30am

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Books As Objects and Art Forms
In this Chat GPT, generative AI world, is there still a place for the book?

Chong Weng-Ho, Kate Mildenhall and Margo Neale with Tom Wright

Friday April 26
1.30pm

60 mins

The Ballroom, The Continental

My Home Turf
How my location inspires my writing

Tony Birch, Mark Brandi and Helen Elliot with Jock Serong

Friday April 26
10.30am

60 mins

Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

Romance Novels
From Jane to Georgette and beyond, they remain the publishing world's great sellers

Madeleine Gray, Jennifer Kloester, Saman Shad and Christos Tsiolkas with Michael Shmith

Friday April 26
3.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

The Golden Age of Detective Stories
How a generation of 20th century British and American writers transformed the genre

Anne Buist, Amanda Hampson and Jennifer Kloester with Fiona Gruber

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

The Baths, Sorrento

Talking Politics 2024
Our annual Political Lunch at The Baths

Paddy Manning, Amy Remeikis and Laura Tingle with Barrie Cassidy

Friday April 26
9.00am

60 mins

Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

In Conversation
Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda with Ramona Koval

Friday April 26
12.00pm

60 mins

Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

The Power of Us v. It's All About Me
How to build cohesive and connected communities

Lucinda Holdforth, Jack Manning Bancroft and Bernard Salt with Stephen Lunn

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

In Conversation
Wendy Harmer

Wendy Harmer with Tom Wright

Saturday April 27
1.30pm

60 mins

Sorrento Bowls Club

The Art of Office Politics
How do you stop toxic workplace behaviour? How do you promote good leadership?

Julia Banks, Mim Bartlett and Bernard Salt with Corrie Perkin

Saturday April 27
5.00pm

120 mins

& Gallery

When Words Fail Art Succeeds
Artists their books and literary inspiration

Lisa Roet, Noel Fermanis and Katherine Hattam in conversation

Sunday April 28
9.00am

60 mins

The Barlow Room, The Continental

Genre Switch
Look what happens when writers try new tricks

A discussion between Louise Milligan, Jock Serong and Chris Womersley 

Saturday April 27
12.00pm

60 mins

Halcyon Hall, The Continental

How To Talk About War and Conflict
A conversation between John Lyons and Magda Szubanski

Friday April 26
2.00pm

60 mins

& Gallery

In Conversation
Artist Katherine Hattam with Chloe Hooper

Art