The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival encourages a love of writing and literature, celebrates diversity and creativity and promotes life-long learning. Festival events include panel discussions and author talks, interviews, workshops for kids, teens and adults, readings, storytelling and more.

The winners of the Brimbank Writers Awards will be announced at the Brimbank Writers Awards Ceremony on Monday 15 September. All events are offered free of charge.

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For event bookings and more information please call 9249 4181 or email

An Evening with John Safran
Thursday 4 September, 6.30-8.30pm

6.30pm Live music, food and drinks
7-8pm John Safran In Conversation

Author of Murder in Mississippi, John Safran is a documentary maker and radio broadcaster, known for combining humour with explorations into religion and other issues. He has won four Australian Film Institute awards and been nominated for two international Rose d’Or awards. John speaks with Paul Bateman, a Melbourne writer and freelance journalist.


Visy Cares Hub Auditorium
80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
(Bennett Place closed - enter via Harvester Road)
Bookings essential.

This event is the official launch of the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival. Bookings essential. $500 Bolinda audioBook pack to be won on the night!

Oslo Davis in Conversation with Paul Bateman
Friday 5 September, 7-8pm

6.30pm for meals - Dinner bookings Tel: 9310 1008
7-8pm for the main event.

Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist who has drawn for magazines and newspapers worldwide. As a satirist, Oslo has a particular interest in drawing the foibles and ridiculousness of modern day life.

The Granary Cafe
2 Devonshire Road, Sunshine
Bookings essential.

A $400 James Bennett book prize to be won on the night!


Comic Club Exhibition
Friday 5 September, 5-6pm

Come along and celebrate the launch of the Sydenham Library Comic Club’s very first comic! Light refreshments served. Everyone welcome. Comic artwork will be on display throughout the Brimbank Writers & Readers
Festival.Bookings essential.

Sydenham Neighbourhood House
Level 1/1 Station Street, Watergardens Town Centre
Bookings essential.

The Business of Writing
with Justin Heazlewood/Torre DeRoche/Eugenia Flynn
Saturday 6 September, 2-3pm

Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning writer and performer. He is best known as folk-comedy sensation The Bedroom Philosopher and is a writer of hilarious and thought provoking songs.

Torre DeRoche is a writer, painter and designer. She writes for her blog, The Fearful Adventurer and has recently released the widely acclaimed book, Love with A Chance of Drowning.

Eugenia Flynn is a writer who works in Indigenous Arts and Culture. Her writing can be found in Crikey!, Overland Magazine and The Guardian Australia as well as on her blog, Black Thoughts Live Here.

Sunshine Library, McCracken Street, Sunshine
Light refreshments provided. Bookings essential.



Sunshine Art Spaces Writing Workshop
Saturday 6 September, 1-3pm

Join us in writing about the place you love the most. Share your memories and print your favourite place on a t-shirt or gallery window. Bring your own t-shirt.

Sunshine Art Spaces
2 City Place, Sunshine
Drop-in event, no bookings required.

Kids Workshop with Chrissie Perry
Monday 8 September, 4-5pm

Chrissie Perry has written 25 books for kids, including 13 in the popular Go Girl! series that explore ‘real life, for real girls’. Come along to this fun-filled workshop. For ages 8+.

Deer Park Library
Corner Station and Neale Roads, Deer Park
Bookings essential.

Spiri Tsintziras Author Talk
Tuesday 9 September, 2-3pm

Join author Spiri as she talks about Afternoons in Ithaka, a memoir of self-discovery, family, connection and the power of a tomato. Find her musings on food, family and connection at

Sydenham Library
1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
Bookings essential.

Click of the West! with Desmond Johnson
Gallery Opening Times: 4-13 September, 10am-3pm

This exhibition explores the photography and writing of Desmond Johnson, who has spent the last 26 years meticulously documenting the heritage of Melbourne’s West.

Look at Desmond’s Albums:
Old Ardeer, Sunshine and Deer Park
Saturday 6 September, 10am-12pm

Creeks of Forgotten Beauty
Sunday 7 September, 10am-12pm

Explosive! Munitions Factories of the West
Saturday 13 September, 10am-12pm

Sunshine Art Spaces
2 City Place, Sunshine
Drop-in event, no bookings required.

Blogging with Thuy
Wednesday 10 September, 11.30am-12.30pm

Thuy Dang will bring her love of and enthusiasm for writing to this session where she will share her experience and advice on writing and blogging. Session will be in Vietnamese.

St Albans Library
71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans

Pop-Up Library

Swap, share and discover! Catch the pop-up library appearing at West Sunshine Community Centre for the duration of the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival.

West Sunshine Community Centre
25 Kermeen Street, West Sunshine


Insider Stories FunShine Writing Workshop
Wednesday 10 September, 3.30-5pm

Tell your story! Come and learn the basics of what makes a good newspaper story and what structures to follow. Each student will produce a short story that could be published in a local newspaper. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

West Sunshine Community Centre
25 Kermeen Street, West Sunshine
Bookings essential.

Luke Ryan - Author Talk
Thursday 11 September, 6.30-7.30pm

Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based writer, comedian and two-time cancer survivor. Inspiring, engaging and with a unique comic edge, join Luke as he discusses his first book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo; a comic memoir about growing up and getting cancer.

Sunshine Library
McCracken Street, Sunshine
Bookings essential.

Literary Trivia & Morning Tea
Friday 12 September, 10.30-11.30am

Do you know J.R.R Tolkien from J.K. Rowling? Have fun and test your knowledge with lots of prizes to be won! Join a group on the day or gather up your book-loving friends to form a team. Morning tea provided.

Westvale Community Centre
45 Kings Road, St Albans
Bookings essential.

Teen Workshop with Melissa Keil
Friday 12 September, 4-5pm

Melissa Keil is an award winning writer of young adult fiction. How do you find the inspiration to make characters come to life? What are some of the methods writers use to create the people in their fictional worlds? Melissa will help you create and develop characters.

St Albans Library
71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
Bookings essential.

Storytime in the Park with Anne E Stewart
Sunday 14 September, 1-2pm

Anne the storyteller will captivate children of all ages. Get swept away on a storytelling adventure. Come rain, hail or shine! In case of wet weather, session will be held at the Keilor Village Library.

Lagoon Reserve, Keilor
Drop-in event, no bookings required.

Brimbank Writers Awards Ceremony

Monday 15 September, 7-9pm
Visy Cares Hub Auditorium
80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
(Bennett Place closed - Enter via Harvester Road)

Hosted by MC Bernard Caleo, performer, comic book creator and comic book communicator.
Shortlisted Awards entrants and their families invited to attend.




The 2014 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is proudly supported by:

Major Sponsor


Support Sponsors
Bolinda Digital, James Bennett, LN Vietnamese Books, Public Libraries Victoria Network, State Library of Victoria and Writers Victoria

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