Books at the Brewery 

A series of literary events held in partnership with the Shedshaker Brewing Company.

Join us for a beer, wine or cider (or two) and pizza while listening to some of Australia's finest writers for both adults and children.

Top Tips for Developing Young Readers



“Reading and storytelling with your child promotes brain development and imagination, teaches your child about language and emotions, and strengthens your relationship.”


Join us for an evening of top tips on how you can nurture a love of books, reading and storytelling in pre-school and primary school-aged children.


Literacy and literature expert, Sarah Mayor Cox will chat about


Finding the right books for your reader

Tips for reading aloud

Tips for transitioning readers from picture books to early chapter books and chapter books to novels

How to use books as an opportunity to discuss important and relevant themes

- friendship, imaginative play, diversity, kindness, grief etc


Bestselling authors Felice Arena and Jen Storer will talk to you about writing stories to engage children and to keep them reading.









We will give you a list of recommended books for readers aged 3-12


We will be on hand to answer your queries on individual readers


The Kids’ Bookshop will be selling books on the night at 15% discount


This event is suitable for teachers, librarians s and parents of pre-school and primary school-aged readers


Date     Tuesday February 18 2020

Venue   Shedshaker Brewery

Time    6.30pm for a 7pm start 8.30 close

Cost     $12


Teachers, please note we will supply you with a certificate of Professional Development

Enjoy a glass of wine and gourmet pizza while you listen to the guest speakers.


The Kids’ Bookshop is the children’s book division of Northern Books

Books at the Brewery – Meet Sean O’Beirne


A Couple of Things Before the End: Stories

This brilliant collection of short stories mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all its own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of an old and a new Australia. 

Outstandingly original, bitingly satirical and written in a remarkable range of voices, A Couple of Things Before the End is a powerful vision of where we are – and where we may be headed.

Sean O’Beirne is a bookseller and critic. He grew up in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and studied arts, law and acting. A Couple of Things Before the End is his first book and we are delighted to have him at The Taproom to launch our 2020 Books at the Brewery series.


Date                Tuesday 25 February 2020

Venue              Shedshaker Brewery

Time                6 30pm for a 7 00pm start

Cost                 $5


Books at the Brewery - Meet Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird has lived in Castlemaine since 2007. She grew up in Tasmania, and published her first collection of stories in 1976. Since then she has published many novels and collections as well as books on writing. In 2016 she received the Patrick White Literary award. We are delighted to have Carmel at The Taproom to chat about her new novel, Field of Poppies - a tale of two tree-changers in a fictional goldfields town, coping and yet, not coping with the worries of the world in 2020.

Bird’s new novel presents us as a nation of fantasists, lost in dreams of real estate and the good life, even as the climate crisis is ending the world as we know it. The Saturday Paper – November 16-22 2019

"There is a state of mind that is necessary for powerful writing. I am always wanting my writing to touch people, to move people, to be powerful enough to cause people to think." – SMH November 8 2019

Date:     Thursday March 12 2020

Time:     6:30pm for a 7pm start

Venue:  The Taproom
The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450

Cost       $5


Pizzas and drinks available for purchase

Northern Books will have Carmel’s books for sale as well as a range of books to celebrate, belatedly, International Women’s Day

Books at the Brewery - A book launch with a difference

Join KIRSTEN KRAUTH and MICHAEL SIMIC (aka Mikelangelo) to celebrate the launch of ALMOST A MIRROR, a novel that dives deep into the 80s music scene and takes you to a place where the shimmering pop world of Countdown collides with the wild post-punk scene of St Kilda’s notorious Crystal Ballroom. Weaving a soundtrack of songs and readings, Kirsten and Michael will perform a live mixtape of music from The Birthday Party to Kim Wilde, which will then morph into a gig with Michael performing his new original material. Michael Simic is well known as Mikelangelo, releasing 12 albums and touring nationally and internationally to great acclaim. Almost A Mirror is Kirsten Krauth’s second novel and was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize.

Date:     Friday April 17 2020

Time:     6:30pm for a 7pm start

Venue:  The Taproom
The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450

Cost       $10


Northern Books will have Kirsten's books for sale on the night

Penny Ryan photography

Aska Kidd photography

People we've worked with in the past ...