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The Festival Story

The Sorrento Writers Festival is a not-for-profit cultural and community organisation festival that brings year-round literary events, discussions and talks to Sorrento and the wider Mornington Peninsula community.

We have a long-term commitment to improve literacy, enhance learning and provide a safe, stimulating and mutually-respectful environment in which to discuss ideas. We want more children reading books. We want them to experience the joys of storytelling and the potential of their imaginations. We want older folk to be excited and engaged.

The Festival celebrates its deep First Nations history, its European settler influence, and its contemporary role as one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastal villages.

The second Sorrento Writers Festival starts Thursday April 25 at 1pm and runs across four days until Sunday April 28, 2024. We hope you will join us.

Our Goals

The Sorrento Writers Festival is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a Committee of Management. The Sorrento Writers Festival has DGR status ands quickly become one of the jewels in Victoria’s cultural crown.

Our ambition is to raise money to support a variety of local literacy and reading initiatives such as the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, the Portsea Camp, the Sorrento Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School libraries, and via our own Sorrento Library which, one day, we hope to create.


Kate Baillieu

Diane Balnaves

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Professor Marcia Langton AO

Marigold, Lady Southey AC

David Williamson AO

Committee of Management:

President: Peter Inge OAM

Festival DirectorCorrie Perkin

Treasurer: Narelle Cormack

Communications Committee Chair: Rose Donohoe
Fundraising Committee Chair: Nicholas Martin
Operations Committee Chair: Mandy Rethus
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