kiama readers festivalJoin us for our biennial celebration of reading at the Kiama Readers Festival!

The Festival will involve a launch in the Library at 7pm Friday 11 May with best-selling author Nikki Gemmell. Then, join us for a full day of events at Kiama Pavilion on Saturday 12 May. A gala dinner at the Kiama Pavilion will follow that evening.

See the list below for details of all the great authors who will be joining us. 

To purchase your tickets to the launch and Saturday events, go to 

Tickets for the gala dinner on Saturday evening will go on sale soon - so watch this space!



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Jim Eames has been involved in aviation since he began work as an aviation writer in the 1960s. He has been a ministerial press secretary and aviation adviser to governments and a senior executive with Qantas. He is the author of eight books including 'Taking to the Skies: Daredevils, heroes and hijackers', 'Australian flying stories from the Catalina to the Jumbo' and 'The Flying Kangaroo: Great untold stories of Qantas...the heroic, the hilarious and the sometimes plain strange'. 


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Gemmell, Nikki

Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, including the international bestseller, 'The Bride Stripped Bare', and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated in 22 languages. Her recent book, 'After', is published by HarperCollins and is a fiercely brave, poignant and powerful memoir which Nikki has written in an attempt to understand the ‘death of choice’ of her mother.


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Sulari Gentill went to university to study astrophysics, and came out a lawyer. She spent the next several years as corporate counsel for large government-owned water and energy utilities and served on a number of environmental and agricultural boards. Sulari’s debut novel, 'A Few Right Thinking Men' was released by Pantera Press in June 2010, and shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Best First Book category for the Pacific and South East Asian Region. Since then Sulari has released a further 11 novels, seven in the award-winning 'Rowland Sinclair Mysteries', the 'Hero Trilogy' based on the myths and legends of the ancient world and a standalone literary meta-fiction called 'Crossing the Lines'. She lives with her husband, Michael, and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, where she grows French Black Truffles and works in her pyjamas. She remains in love with the art of writing.


Jim Haynes

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Jim Haynes, OAM is an entertainer, broadcaster, songwriter, professional, entertainer and author of 25 books.. He will be discussing his latest book “Great Australian Scams, Rorts and Cons” which is the ultimate collection of Australia’s greatest cons and mad schemes from a master storyteller. Jim taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback NSW to Britain until 1988. He is one of the countries most prolific and successful authors. He was awarded an OAM in 2016 for ‘service to the performing arts as an entertainer, broadcaster and historian’.


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Hunt, David

David Hunt is a writer, historian and children’s book author. He is the best-selling author of 'Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia', which won the 2014 Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. The sequel, 'True Girt', was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing and David’s narration was shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards.



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Leal, Suzanne

Suzanne Leal is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law. A former legal commentator on ABC Radio, Suzanne is a regular interviewer at Sydney Writers’ Festival and other literary functions. She has been a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and for 'The Nib' Waverley Library Award for Literature. 'The Teacher’s Secret' is her second novel.


Catherine McKinnon

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Catherine McKinnon has a background in film and theatre, and has written, directed and helped develop many new Australian plays. Originally from Adelaide, where she worked for the Red Shed Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Cath moved to Sydney to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at UTS. While completing her first novel, she worked as a director and tutor at the University of Wollongong and at Flinders University, South Australia. In 2006 she won the Penguin/Australian Women's Weekly prize for short-story writing for 'Haley and the Sea'. She is currently working on her second novel and is completing a PhD at Flinders University.


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Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and brought up in London. After studying architecture at Cambridge, he practised and taught in the UK before moving to Australia where he was Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He has since retired from the university to pursue his writing. Barry is the author of the acclaimed 'Brock and Kolla' series of crime mystery novels. Maitland's first mystery 'The Marx Sisters' was a nominee for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and 'The Malcontenta' won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction.


This event is proudly sponsored by The Friends of Kiama Library and Kiama Municipal Council. 

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