EVENTS

Bringing literary events to readers and writers across Victoria

Forthcoming events

BOOKS @ 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.

Books @ The Brewery  - Meet Val Case

When:   Wednesday July 21

Time:     6 00 - 8 00pm

Venue:  The Taproom, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine

Cost:      $5  ...bookings are essential.

Bookings HERE 

*POSTPONED*

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The Undertaker's Daughter 

In The Undertaker's Wife, the reader is introduced to the Shaw family of Beaufort in rural Victoria. In this sequel, daughter Miranda comes into the world prematurely but with energy and feistiness that, through her childhood, exasperate her father but delight her mother. 

 

Uncertainty about her career choice characterises her teenage years. A simple accident sets her on a certain path, and romance enters her life.

 

But it is the late 60s. The conservative traditions of the 40s and 50s give way to more freedom of opportunity for young people.  

 

Miranda eagerly takes up a short-term opportunity in the UK and, as a result, more painful decisions have to be made.  

 

Two tragic losses bring her to a clarity of vision about her destiny. 

 

We look forward to welcoming Val to The Taproom to launch her new book, The Undertaker's Daughter. 

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BOOKS @ 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.

Books @ The Brewery  - Paul Laverty

When:   27 July

Time:     6 00 - 6 30pm start

Venue:  The Taproom, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine

Cost:      $5  ...bookings are essential.

Bookings HERE 

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We're delighted that Jenny Valentish has agreed to be in conversation with Paul and look forward to seeing you at this celebratory event. 

 

It's time we thought about where our fruit comes from. 

But once you've read this book, you'll wish you’d never found out.

 

Welcome to Cider Country - home to the apple orchards of Australia's Central Victorian region. Not only do they produce the nation’s favourite fruit, it’s also the main ingredient in one of our favourite summer drinks. 

But behind the apples is a myriad of twisted tales and an infinite number of colourful characters including racist supervisors, fugitive journalists, sexually promiscuous Muslims, concert promoters, Thai Princes, rabid dogs, aspiring models, failed writers, French musos, ex-cons, former triads, self-harmers, Jazz man Ryuichi Sakamoto and 'fucking Angus and Julie Stone (sic)’. 

There's also a mole who's about to blow the whole industry apart, along with a new blend of cider which might just save the world. 

This collection of comedically dark and interlinked tales will have you thinking about apples, cider and life itself in a whole different light.

 

Paul J. Laverty is a Scottish-Australian writer and journalist based in Castlemaine. He is the host of 94.9 Main FM book show, The Quiet Carriage, which also airs across the nation on the Community Radio Network.

He wrote the first biography of Grammy award-winners Arcade Fire and another on Beck (Artnik / Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag). He has produced plays and screenplays, one of which, Over the Sea to Skye, was optioned by White Hot Productions (makers of The Dressmaker). He is currently completing a creative writing PhD at Curtin University. 

His novella, Man Overbored, was published in 2019 October, and his latest novella, Cider Country, is out July 2021 (both via RoadHouse Media).

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BOOKS @ 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.

Books @ The Brewery  - Katherine Kovacic

When:   17 August 2021

Time:     6 00 - 6 30pm start

Venue:  The Taproom, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine

Cost:      $5  ...bookings are essential.

Bookings HERE

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Introducing the fabulous Ms Peregrine Fisher, niece of the famous Phryne Fisher, as seen on 7plus and Acorn tv

'A splendid read, with an authentic 60s flavour. I recommend it unreservedly.' - Kerry Greenwood

Peregrine Fisher is unexpectedly summoned to a meeting of the Adventuresses' Club of the Antipodes, where she learns some incredible news.

When Adventuress Florence Astor is accused of murder, Peregrine jumps at the chance to help on the case. Detective James Steed, initially dismissive, quickly finds Peregrine's flair for investigating and headstrong nature leave him little choice.

A second shocking death occurs and Detective Steed's boss, Inspector Sparrow, demands the case be brought to a close with suspicious speed.

With Sparrow issuing threats, time is running out for Peregrine. It seems she's set herself an impossible task, but then, as Detective Steed says, 'never underestimate a woman named Fisher'.

 

​Katherine Kovacic:

Katherine Kovacic has written short stories, true crime and crime fiction. Her debut novel, The Portrait of Molly Dean, was shortlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Fiction, and is the first of three books in the Alex Clayton art mystery series.

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DATE:        18 SEPT 2021

VENUE:     St Lawrence Room, The Convent, Daylesford

                    7 Daly St, Daylesford 3460

TIME:        11 00am for an 11 30am start and 1 00pm finish.

COST:       $99

(includes a gift bag to which you will add a copy of a Monica Mcinerney book of your choice* and a ticket to go into the draw for our door prize/give-away.)

BOOK HERE:    https://www.trybooking.com/BSYXF

 

*Valued at $20.00. Please note that all of Monica's books will be available to purchase on the day.

HIGH TEA AT DAYLESFORD CONVENT
With Monica McInerney


Can you think of a better way of spending a Saturday morning than with a glass of sparkling white wine, a selection of canapes, sweet treats and scones, endless cups of tea and all in the company of bestselling author, Monica McInerney?

Well we can't and we are delighted to make this a reality for you.
Join us for all of the above, PLUS receive a copy of a Monica McInerney book of your choice to get signed on the morning.

A Spring Literacy Feast

Guest Authors
New Books
Reading-based PD Session
Pop-up Shop with books at 15% discount

Join us for an evening of stories, beautiful books, wonderful authors and a whole lot of reading tips and ideas.

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MORRIS GLEITZMAN   SOFIE LAGUNA  JESS McGEACHIN      
KRISTIN GILL   SUSAN LA MARCA – Executive Director FROM SLAV


Date:   
7 September 2021
Time:    5 00pm – 8 00pm

Venue    The Taproom
                9 Walker St
               Castlemaine 3450


5 00  Guests arrive/Bookshop Browse/order food and drinks
5 30  Sofie Laguna talking about her new novel, The Song of Lewis Carmichael
5 50  Jess McGeachin talking about his new picture book, Frankie Fossil
6 10  Ten Books in Ten Minutes with Kristin Gill from Northern Books
6 20  Break/Bookshop/Browse/Book signing/order food and drinks
6 30  Dr Susan La Marca (SLAV Executive Director) – Developing Readers – tips and ideas for bringing reading to   life for students.

6 45  Morris Gleitzman talking about the final instalment in the ‘FELIX’ series – Always
7 15  Bookshop Browse/book signings
8 00 Close


 

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