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WordFest 2017 is here!

WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Libraries. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, 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. (Online bookings will become available shortly)

See Short Story Competition and Snap Story Competition Details and Entry

WordFest Launch - Maxine McKew and Lia Hills

Thursday 1 June, 6.30pm-9pm

Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill

Our 2017 keynote speaker, former politician and journalist Maxine McKew, will discuss her ‘journey of words’ and how her writing, storytelling and life in politics has shaped the worlds of others. Maxine is well known and respected for her views on education, the environment and women. She wrote herself into the history books by becoming only the second person to unseat a sitting Australian Prime Minister when she secured the seat of Bennelong in the 2007 election, toppling then Prime Minister John Howard.               

Author Lia Hills will open WordFest and talk about her novel The Crying Place which is set partly in Pitjantjatjara country. During her research Lia stayed in Aboriginal communities and began learning the Pitjantjatjara language.

Book on 9561 6211.


Dr Leah Kaminsky - Author Talk

Thursday 8 June, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Wheelers Hill Library

The inevitability of death is something that our society generally tries not to think about. In We’re All Going to Die, Dr Leah Kaminsky takes a more joyful look at death, sharing the stories of people she meets as a GP on a daily basis who embrace life in the face of imminent death. Kaminsky is an award-winning author and GP.

Book on 9561 6211.


Hazel Edwards - Writing Workshop

Saturday 10 June, 10am-1pm

Venue: Mount Waverley Library

Cost: $10.50

Hazel Edwards is well known for her children’s book series There’s a Hippopotamus on my Roof Eating Cake, her work as an Ambassador for reading and literacy, and more recently her memoir Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author. Hazel Edwards will share practical insights into memoir writing in her popular workshop ‘Writing a Non-Boring Family History’.

Book on 9807 5022.


Pozible - Crowdfunding Workshop

Saturday 17 June, 10am-11am

Venue: Wheelers Hill Library

Cost: $10.50 

Pozible is an Australian based crowdfunding organisation that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs attract funding for projects directly from the general public. This workshop is aimed specifically at writers who wish to learn more about crowdfunding their writing projects.

Book on 9561 6211.                                                              


Paul Kennedy - Author Talk

Wednesday 21 June, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Mount Waverley Library

Fifteen Young Men is the true story of a doomed adventure and Australia’s untold football tragedy. In 1892 the sinking of the Process meant the 15 young men of the Mornington Football Club never returned home. Paul Kennedy reveals the stories behind one of Australia’s greatest sporting disasters.

Book on 9807 5022. 


Gideon Haigh - Author Talk

Thursday 29 June, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Mount Waverley Library

Gideon Haigh is an independent journalist who writes primarily for The Australian and The Age. Prolific in his writing about cricket, he has been published extensively on the subject. His recent book, Stroke of Genius,  explores the life and legacy of the legendary Australian cricketer Victor Trumper.

Book on 9807 5022. 


James Phelan - Writing Workshop (youth only)

Saturday 8 July, 10am-12noon

Venue: Glen Waverley Library

Cost: $10.50

Author of The Last 13 series, the Lachlan Fox series and numerous other thrillers for young readers, James Phelan is undoubtedly one of the most exciting writers of our day. Young people aged 12-18 can join Phelan for a fiction writing workshop and learn how to bring their characters and stories to life.

Book on 9560 1655. 


Hannah Kent - In conversation

Thursday 13 July, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill

Hannah Kent debuted with her highly acclaimed novel Burial Rites and has followed it up with an equally well-received novel, The Good People.  Hannah Kent is a highly regarded writer well known for her lyrical storytelling style and thoroughly engrossing stories. Hannah will travel from interstate for this very special and not to be missed event.

Book on 9561 6211. 


Leigh Hobbs - Writing Workshop (youth and adults)

Saturday 15 July, 10am-12noon

Venue: Wheelers Hill Library

Cost: $10.50

Leigh Hobbs is the creator of some of Australia’s favourite children’s picture books including Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet. Join the author for this unique workshop about creating strong characters in children’s picture books. 

Book on 9561 6211. 


Ocean in a Drop - Film Screening

Wednesday 19 July, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Clayton Library (Theatrette)

This superbly produced and visually rich documentary explores the impact of broadband internet on remote communities in India. Against the challenges of geography, economics and infrastructure, broadband internet is slowly reaching communities, changing social structures, empowering women and children, and showcasing the unique heritage and culture of isolated Indian communities to the world.

Book on 9541 3120. 


Sir John Monash Lecture - George Megalogenis

Thursday 27 July, 6.30pm

Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 

George Megalogenis is one of Australia’s leading journalists and authors. He will be speaking on the rapidly changing story of Australia’s cultural, political and economic landscape. George is best known for his articles in The Australian, his work on ABC ‘Insiders’ and documentary series Making Australia Great. His books, Balancing Act, The Australian Moment and Australia’s Second Chance, cement him as Australia’s foremost political commentator.

Book on 9561 6211.


Catherine Deveny and Clementine Ford - Panel Discussion

Monday 31 July, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill

Everyone has opinions but how well do we think them through? Catherine Deveny and Clementine Ford have built careers around thinking through some of society’s most important and at times controversial issues. Both have received strong support and loyalty from the community but also experienced some hostility from those who don’t agree with their opinions. The panel will discuss what it takes to develop a sound argument that holds up under immense public scrutiny, the fight to be heard and other favourite and often controversial topics. 

Book on 9561 6211. 

Short Story Writing Competition

The 21st 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.

Prizes of up to $500 will be given to the winning entries. From 10am on Friday 2 June 2017, entry forms and terms and conditions will be available at your local library or at online.

Key Dates:

Friday 2 June from 10am, all library branches: SHORT STORY COMPETITION OPENS

Conditions and entry form 2017 available online.  Hard copies available by special request.


Saturday 5 August 4pm

SHORT STORY COMPETITION CLOSES. Entry forms and short stories must be received by library.


Thursday 21 September 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 three categories of entry: 12-13 years, 14-16 years and 17-18 years.

Prizes of up to $500 will be given to the winning entries.

Key Dates:                                                         

Friday 2 June from 10am, all library branches: PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION OPENS

Conditions of entry  for the SnapStory Competition 2017 (PDF, 641KB)  


 Thursday 21 September AWARDS CEREMONY (evening event)

In conjunction with Short Story Competition (by invitation)



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Last updated: 02 June 2017