Join us for our biennial celebration of reading at Kiama Readers Festival!
The Festival will involve a launch in the Library on Friday 11 May, with a full day of events at Kiama Pavilion on Saturday 12 May. A gala dinner at the Kiama Pavilion will follow in the evening.
We are excited to be able to welcome such speakers as Nikki Gemmell, Wendy Harmer, Barry Maitland, Jim Haynes, Julia Baird and others, for what promises to be a very entertaining weekend.
More details to follow so please keep these dates free!
Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. Her biography of Queen Victoria will be published in the US this fall by Random House, New York, in Australia by Harper Collins and in the UK by Little Brown.
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'.
Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and lived in London for many years, but has now returned to Australia. Four books by Gemmell, 'Shiver', 'Cleave', 'The Bride Stripped Bare' and 'The Book of Rapture', made the 2009 longlist of “Favourite Australian Novels” as chosen by readers of the Australian Book Review.
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.
Wendy Harmer is one of Australia's best-known comediennes. Wendy is also the author of a number of books for adults, including the best-selling Farewell My Ovaries (Allen & Unwin 2005) as well as two plays, a series of children's book about Pearlie, an urban park fairy, and the libretto for Lake Lost, a production by Baz Luhrmann for Opera Australia. Wendy has hosted, written and appeared in a wide variety of TV shows including ABC's Big Gig and In Harmer's Way. She has also hosted the Nine Network television Logies and has been a regular newspaper and magazine contributor, writing columns for Australian Women's Weekly and the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine.
Jim Haynes has travelled far and wide to meet and interview the people whose stories make up his books. Before becoming a professional entertainer, song writer and verse writer in 1988, Jim taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback NSW to Britain and back again. He is the author of many Great Australian titles, including books on railways, aviation and horse racing. His is one of the country's most prolific and successful Australian authors. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
More to come!
This event is proudly sponsored by The Friends of Kiama Library and Kiama Municipal Council.