Almanackers at the Willy Lit Fest

Half-a-dozen Almanackers will be panellists at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June.

John Harms is part of the Men of Memoir session (alongside Greg Fleet, Rusty Bertha and Sam Bramham) on Saturday 31 May, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Vin Maskell and Kerrie Soraghan are part of the Stereo Stories session on Saturday  31 May, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Tony Birch will be speaking about his new book, The Promise  on Saturday 31 May from 4pm to 5pm

Gideon Haigh will be speaking about Instant Experts with Clare Wright and Jane Sullivan on Sunday 1 June, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Ian Syson is part of The Changing World of Publishing  session, also on Sunday 1 June, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Vin will also be chairing The Spoke ‘n’ Word pre-festival event on Tuesday evening 27 May, featuring cyclists/authors Kate Leeming, Greg Foyster and Tom Doig.

All up there are about 50 sessions over the weekend.

Early bird discount tickets are now available, up until midnight Sunday 11 May.

About Vin Maskell

Founder and editor of Stereo Stories, a partner site of The Footy Almanac. Likes a gentle kick of the footy on a Sunday morning, when his back's not playing up. Been known to take a more than keen interest in scoreboards - the older the better.


  1. Andrew Fithall says

    To add to your list Vin – Robert Pascoe, who was a guest speaker at an Almanac lunch a few years ago is on Sunday 1 June 10.30 talking with Clare Wright, Clare was named as winner of the Stella prize earlier this week, Her book, which will be the subject of this discussion, is The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.


  2. Don’t forget Clunes Book Fair this weekend.

    Clalire Wright has written some marvellous works. I read The Forgotten Rebels Of Eureka over the Xmas-New Year period, nad highly recommend it. Great work.


  3. Skip of Skipton says

    Get to Mussels in Nelson Place for some great fish ‘n’ chips!

  4. Again i’ll say, Claire Wright has written a marvellous book, with her ‘ Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’, looking at the pivotal role women played in the struggle for democracy, a struggle centred around the Ballarat goldfields. Buy it , read it, enjoy it.

  5. Richard Jones says

    JUST back from Sydney Writers’ Festival, Vinnie M.
    Last Friday our 1st session at Walsh Bay was with Swedish crime thriller writer, Camilla Lackberg.
    She has sold 12 million copies of her books worldwide. In thirty-three languages.

    Makes our sales of 3,000 [plus a few from the second run] 4 Footy Town 1 look pretty slender! eh Harmsy ??

    Ol’ Gideon Haigh not there this year. Saw him in full flite in 2012. But Leunig was there in a session hosted by Peter Fitzsimons.
    My least fave Flanagan also present. My vote in that family goes to Martin, of The Rage {even in its diabolical tabloid format}
    Eighty thousand turned out at this years SWF.

  6. John Butler says

    Everyone over to the Fithall residence for cocktails afterwards?

  7. I haven’t seen a Willy Lit Festival since Tonk Harris tried to combined the blue fart flamethrower with drinking a flaming Sambuca.

  8. Rick Kane says

    A lot of Almanacers at the Willy Fest. As a contributor to Stereo Stories, Vin’s gig, I trust it goes well. I would’ve loved to been there but kids’ sporting event took precedence.

    If you can get along to hear Clare Wright you are in for a treat (as others have mentioned). Her book is a substantial contribution to Australian history. A must read. Footnote: Clare is a good friend and I was fortunate enough to read the first draft (along with Barry Jones!) and provide some advice.


  9. Agree wholly with your comment on Clare Wright’s book Rick. I am not quite at the end but am impressed with the picture of life that she is creating so far. It is a vivd account and I particularily love the perspective she writes from.

  10. E.regnans says

    How did it go, Willy Lit Knackers…? Congratulations all.

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