Writer Under the Influence - November

Wednesday November 1st 7.30-9.30pm

Our writer for November is renowned Australian poet Alan Wearne. 

Alan has been part of the Australian poetry scene for 50 years, known principally for his verse novels and verse narratives, and his satiric and not-so-light light verse

After eighteen years teaching at the University of Wollongong, where he founded the Grand Parade Poets publishing outfit (12 volumes to date) he has now returned to Melbourne.

His three most recent volumes are with Giramondo: The Australian Popular Songbook (2008), Prepare The Cabin For Landing (2012), and These Things Are Real (2017).

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Buck's Whiskey Jam Session

Sunday 22nd October - 3-5pm

Part of the Darebin Music Feast

Come along and enjoy a traditional Irish jam session while you sample an array of new whiskey styles and flavours, with discounted tasting paddles.

If you play Irish (or Scottish!) music, bring your instrument and join in! 

Buck’s celebrates the best of the whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Tasmania and the USA. There will also be a selective menu of food to compliment the whiskies, as well as other beverages including non-alcoholic ones.



Teeling Tales

Thursday 16th November 6.30-8.30pm

Special guest storyteller Paul McVeigh is joined by Teeling Brand Ambassador Martin Lynch for a night of Irish whiskey tasting and tales.

Belfast-born, Paul is a world-renowned storyteller. His brilliant debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize, The McCrea Literary Award and is shortlisted for the Prix de Roman Cezam.

Paul has had works performed in London’s West End and on BBC radio. And is a founder of the London Short Story Festival.

Between Paul’s tales, Martin from Dublin’s Teeling Distillery will share colourful stories around the history and traditions of Irish whiskey, while you taste five award-winning Teeling whiskies.

Great stories, great whiskey and tasty canapés.

Tickets: $40

Places strictly limited

Drop in or call 9077 7915.


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.