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Books at the Brewery - Patrick Skene and Paul J Laverty

A double bill to kick off winter in Castlemaine. 


Patrick Skene chats about his book, Celestial Footy a unique, timely and important addition to Australia’s sporting history, as well as that of the broader Chinese-Australian narrative of assimilation, struggle, identity and community. It reveals a hidden chapter in Australia’s archives with significant contemporary relevance, and tells the powerful story of the Chinese-Australian men and women who overcame obstacles and adversity to play the game they loved.

Paul J Laverty - a local writer discusses his new book, Rippa!
It’s 1989 and a surf-loving Aussie teenager flukes a dream move to an English footballing giant. Problem is, it’s never been his dream, and in the brutal big leagues he has a fight on his hands to ensure his laidback life doesn’t turn into one giant nightmare.


Patrick Skene

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Paul J Laverty

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About the Authors:
Patrick Skene


Patrick Skene was born and raised in Sydney and writes stories on the intersection of sport, history and culture. His work has appeared in Guardian Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, DailyTelegraph, The Australian, Australian Financial Review and The Age. He previously hosted a radio program on Aboriginal sports history on the National Indigenous Radio Service and a boxing program on SEN Radio. Patrick is also the co-founder of Cultural Pulse, a multicultural marketing agency. Patrick’s first book, The Big O – The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina, Pacific Revolution Pioneer, was released in 2020.


Celestial Footy - the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules (2023) is his second book.

Paul J Laverty


P.J. Laverty is a Scottish-Australian writer specialising in historical football fiction

(with a comedic spin).

​Under the moniker Paul J Laverty, he is the host of 94.9 Main FM literary book show,

The Quiet Carriage, which also airs nationally on the Community Radio Network. He has written two novellas, Man Overbored and Cider Country (RoadHouse Media). He also wrote the first biography on Grammy award winners Arcade Fire and another on Beck (Artnik / Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag). He is currently completing a creative writing Ph.D. at Curtin University.

​He is a football tragic who will never tire of telling anyone within earshot all about his adventures in Germany during World Cup 2006. ​


He lives in Castlemaine, Victoria, with his wife and two children.

Date:     Tuesday July 2 2024 

Time:     5 30pm for a 6 00pm start and  8 00pm finish (including signing) 

Venue:   Shedshaker Brewery, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine 3450

Cost:      $20

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