Writer Under the Influence - October

October 4th 7.30-9.30pm

This month's writer is the multitalented, always-entertaining Anson Cameron

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Anson has written six critically acclaimed novels: Silences Long GoneTin ToysConfessin’ the Blues, Lies I Told About a Girl, Stealing Picasso, and The Last Pulse, as well as two brilliant collections of short stories, Nice Shootin’ Cowboy and Pepsi Bears and Other Stories.

Last year, he published a memoir, Boyhoodlum, the hilarious confession of an ingeniously devious boy, who, in the 1960s and '70s, waged guerrilla war on his hometown of Shepparton.

Anson now lives in Melbourne and writes a regular column for The Age.

“His writing manages to immerse you in a sharp potion of nostalgia, laughter, and eventually, melancholy, mixed entirely free of mawkishness.” – Tony Wright – The Sydney Morning Herald (on Boyhoodlum).

 “A comic masterpiece that uses the erratic flow of the Murray-Darling river system and state tensions over water rights, it’s one of the funniest, blackly exuberant explorations of Australian national identity in memory.” – Ed Wright – The Australian (on The Last Pulse)

“…one of the most interesting writers of his generation … has an imaginative largesse and sentence-by-sentence articulation that soars above the pack” – Peter Craven, The Australian  


Glendalough Whiskey Masterclass

Wednesday 27th September

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Glendalough Brand Ambassador, Vincent Magrath, for a guided tasting of Glendalough whiskeys and Poitín, alongside tasty canapés.

The Glendalough Distillery was set up in County Wicklow by five friends with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland.

Inspired by the monks that nurtured the craft, Glendalough makes innovative spirits while staying true to the traditions of their ancestors.

Learn the history of Irish whiskey and Poitín, along with the techniques and traditions that make Glendalough so special. 

Tickets: $40

Places strictly limited

Drop in, or call 9077 7915, to book.

Glendalough (The Glen of Two Lakes) is a glacial valley nestled in the Wicklow Mountains, just south of Dublin.

Glendalough (The Glen of Two Lakes) is a glacial valley nestled in the Wicklow Mountains, just south of Dublin.

Writers Under the Influence for September

This month, we have another great double bill with the darkly brilliant Cath Ferla and Tania Chandler. 

Wednesday 6th September - 7:30pm sharp

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Cath is cross-platform writer with a background in journalism, educational publishing, television screenwriting and script editing. Her debut crime novel, Ghost Girls has been shortlisted for the 2017 Davitt Awards in the categories of best debut and best fiction.

UPDATE: Ghost Girls just won Best Debut Novel at the Davitt Awards.

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Tania is a Melbourne-based writer, published in Australia, the UK and Germany. Both her books were shortlisted for Davitt awards, and her debut novel, Please Dont Leave Me Here, was also shortlisted for a Ned Kelly award and selected for State Library Victoria’s Summer Read program. Tania is currently working on a third book. 

Come and join these fabulous local authors as they talk about their writing influences, publishing experiences, building complex female protagonists and what attracts them to the dark side. 


Two Writers Under the Influence

August 2nd 2017 - 7.30pm sharp

This month's double bill has brilliant crime/thriller writers Aoife Clifford and Anna George.

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“A sparkling debut...This debut novel from an award-winning short-story crime writer paints a picture of death and betrayal across the sexually charged canvas of a first year on a university campus...Tense, sparse and unmistakably Australian, the gripping plot challenges and subverts the notion of innocence until the very last page.” - Monocle Magazine

Anna’s critically acclaimed debut novel, What Came Before (2014), is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love. It was shortlisted for the 2015 Ned Kelly and Sisters in Crime Best Debut Fiction awards, and was longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award.

Anna has worked in the legal world as well as in film and television. Her second novel, The Lone Child (2017), has just been published and explores pain, judgement, love and loss. The Lone Child is a chillingly honest depiction of the bewildering and often isolating exhaustion of motherhood, and the fraught bonds between mother and child.

On The Lone Child

“Absolutely arresting. A story shaped by contemporary social inequalities, their chilling consequences and, above all, the powerful, life-affirming love of women for their own and other people's children.” - Zoë Morrison, author of Music and Freedom

“A sensitive evocation of the sometimes dark and disorienting nature of motherhood, George’s haunting tale reminds us of the redemptive power of human connection.” - Wendy James, author of The Golden Child

Aoifes bestselling debut novel, All These Perfect Strangers (2016), was published in Australia, the UK, and the USA.

She is the only person to have won both premier short story prizes for crime fiction in Australia – the Scarlet Stiletto, and the S.D. Harvey Ned Kelly Award. Among other prizes, she has been shortlisted for the UK Crime Association’s Debut Dagger, was awarded an Australian Society of Authors mentorship, and is an Amazon Rising Star. 

Her short stories have been internationally published, and her next novel will hit the shelves in 2018.


“Suspenseful and taut…dual storylines of past and present are revealed skilfully and with the assurance of a seasoned crime writer...In the hands of a less talented writer this complex and multilayered tale might not have engaged so thoroughly but in this case the author delivers -- and how.” - Good Reading



On What Came Before

“This took my breath away. Brilliantly structured and captivating.” - Geelong Advertiser

“A chilling, unsettling portrait of an abusive relationship. Pick this one up if you enjoyed The Lovely Bones and Gone Girl.” - Who Weekly