Fitzroy Football Club – All-star line up for literary lunch: (NOW SOLD OUT)

The Fitzroy Football Club is an old friend of the Almanac. We receive their regular update, RedRoy Mail. In today’s edition is advance notice of  an upcoming literary lunch to be held at the Brunswick Street Oval Community Rooms on July 27th. Sounds like a beauty and features Almanac favourite George Megaloganis. You’d better get in fast! We provide this information courtesy of the Fitzroy Football Club.




You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger guest speaker line up than what we’ve got planned on Saturday 27 July.


There are still a few seats left so get in quickly. Bookings close Monday 22 July.


FFC footy mum, historian and award-winning author, Dr Clare Wright, will host “The Football Solution” and she has put together a panel of three of Melbourne’s most distinguished thinkers and writers to discuss the sex, politics and religion of Aussie Rules.


This is also the Jellis Craig Game, which has a tradition of being a sell-out and coincides with the grand final replay against Old Geelong. The Fitzroy teams will have a point to prove on the field and off the field many points will already have been shared before the siren sounds, with this top-class panel of minds.  Bookings are now open to get your seat and share a few stories over lunch with:


George Megalogenis – journalist, author and one of Australia’s most respected political commentators. His book The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His most recent book is The Football Solution: How Richmond’s Premiership Can Save Australia.


Christos Tsiolkas is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist and poet. Two of his best-selling books, The Slap and Barracuda, have been adapted into ABC television drama series. Christos has a longstanding interest in the convergence of sport and literature.  He barracks for Richmond.


Dr Chris McConville is an historian, Victoria University academic and former member of the Coodabeen Champions.  His fields of expertise include urban history, sports history and the history of gambling in Australia.  Chris is a Fitzroy local and an often be found lurking in the BSO Grandstand of a Saturday arvo. He also barracks for Richmond.


Dr Clare Wright is an historian, author and broadcaster.  Her books include The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and You Daughters of Freedom, the first two instalments of her Democracy Trilogy. She is the host of ABC Radio National’s history series/podcast, Shooting the Past.  Clare is an Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University and the mother of Bernie, Noah and Esther Wright.  She barracks for whoever her kids are playing for.


Go Roys!


You will also be able to purchase the books of our panel from Neighbourhood Books. Cnr Westgarth and High St, Westgarth:


Get in early and book your tickets for lunch.


Saturday 27 July
Brunswick Street Oval community rooms


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  1. This sounds great. Will be heading over from Perth earlier that week and was considering going to the Roys V Old Geelong match. Just finished George’s book just yesterday. Reckon this is well worth going to!

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