This winter, Boroondara Library Service hosts its second annual Boroondara Literary Festival.

All events are free and everyone is welcome. 

Here's what's in store for literature fans over the next three months.

Boroondara Literary Festival Events 2019

Author talks

Join us for thought-provoking author talks, kicking off  with Melbourne crime writer J.P. Pomare on 29 May and heart surgery survivor Jeremy Scott on 6 June.

On 7 June, enjoy an evening with Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker. Come on an adventure as author Ann Blainey discusses the life of remarkable pilot, Charles Kingsford Smith on 27 June.

We will then explore life changing books with bestselling author and literary critic, Michael McGirr on 29 July.

Poetry readings and workshops

Hawthorn Library will host an Australian Poetry Slam heat on 9 July so bring your best words for a chance to go through to the finals at the Sydney Opera House! Or come to Painting in tongues, our regular night of spoken word poetry and open mic.

There is also a Chinese poetry evening with Ouyang Yu on 20 June at Greythorn Library Lounge.

Learn about literature

Journey through history with sessions on the origins of language, writing and timeline of history through books, or find the best historical collections and podcasts online.

We will also delve into the history of some famous fairy tales and their modern retellings. 

On 27 August, come and hear about the important role of the PEN International writers association.

We have an event for every book lover in our regular program of book talks, chats and groups. You can also hear stories read aloud at adult storytimes

Children’s workshops

Kids can get creative with writing, zines, comics, poetry, fan fiction and choose-your-own-adventure workshops. We will also be dressing up for storytimes and crafts for Children’s Book Week in August.

Boroondara Literary Festival 2019 full program

Date Time Event Library

Tue 28 May

7pm to 8pm

Painting in tongues poetry slam

Hawthorn Library

Wed 29 May

7pm to 8pm

Call me Evie: A conversation with author J. P. Pomare

Balwyn Library

Mon 3 June

11am to 12pm

Book talk

Balwyn Library

Thu 6 June

4pm to 5.30pm

Choose your own adventure workshop for kids 
Ages: 10-12

Camberwell Library

Thu 6 June 7pm to 8pm The Long Road from a Broken Heart: Author talk with Jeremy Scott Hawthorn Library

Fri 7 June

7pm to 8pm

The Dressmaker and The Year of the Farmer: Author talk with Rosalie Ham

Camberwell Library
 

Thu 13 June

4pm to 5.30pm

Perilous quest comic workshop for kids 
Ages: 7-9

Greythorn Library Lounge

Thu 13 June 7pm to 8pm A timeline of the medieval world in books Hawthorn Library

Mon 17 June

7pm to 8.30pm

Fairy tales: from ancient to modern 
Ages: 16+

Ashburton Library

Wed 19 June

4pm to 5:30pm

Space craft writing workshop for kids 
Ages: 7-9

Kew library

Thu 20 June

11am to 12noon

Book chats

Camberwell Library

Thu 20 June 7pm to 8pm Chinese poetry reading evening Greythorn Library Lounge

Tue 25 June

2pm to 3pm

Book chats

Hawthorn Library

Tue 25 June 7pm to 8.30pm Podscapade: podcasting workshop for kids 
Ages: 10-12 
Hawthorn Library

Wed 26 June

11am to 12noon

Book group

Kew Library

Thu 27 June

7pm to 8pm

Charles Kingsford Smith: King of the air: Author talk with Ann Blainey

Kew Library

Mon 1 July

11am to 12noon

Book cafe

Balwyn Library

Thu 4 July

7pm to 8pm

History of the English language

Kew Library

Tue 9 July

7pm to 8.30pm

Australian Poetry Slam heat

Hawthorn Library

Wed 10 July

11am to 12noon

Book talk

Ashburton Library

Tue 16 July

4pm to 5:30pm

Young writers, readers and publishers workshop 
Ages: 10 to 18

Ashburton Library

Thu 18 July

11am to 12noon

Adult storytimes

Camberwell Library

Thu 18 July 4pm to 5:30pm Young writers, readers and publishers workshop
Ages: 10 to 18
Balwyn Library

Tue 20 July

2pm to 3pm

Book chats

Hawthorn Library

Mon 22 July

4pm to 5:30pm

Young writers, readers and publishers workshop 
Ages: 10 to 18

Hawthorn Library

Tue 23 July

7pm to 8pm

Painting in tongues poetry slam

Hawthorn Library

Wed 24 July

11am to 12noon

Book group

Kew Library

Thu 25 July

1pm to 2pm

Maps, manuscripts, podcasts and more

Balwyn library

Thu 25 July 4pm to 5:30pm Young writers, readers and publishers workshop 
Ages: 10 to 18
Camberwell Library

Mon 29 July

7pm to 8pm

Books that saved my life: Author talk with Michael McGirr

Ashburton Library

Wed 31 July

4pm to 5.30pm

Young writers, readers and publishers workshop 
Ages: 10 to 18

Kew Library

Mon 5 Aug

11am to 12noon

Book talk

Balwyn Library

Mon 12 Aug 2pm to 3pm

Meet best-selling crime author Michael Robotham

Camberwell Library

Wed 14 Aug

1pm to 2pm

Words: from speaking to writing to printing

Camberwell Library

Thu 15 Aug

11am to 12noon

Book chat

Camberwell Library

Mon 19 Aug

11am to 11.45am

Children's Book Week: Preschool storytime

Camberwell Library

Mon 19 Aug 4pm to 5pm Children's Book Week: Make it! Hawthorn Library
Mon 19 Aug 6.30pm to 7.15pm Children's Book Week: Bedtime storytime Ashburton Library

Tue 20 Aug

11am to 11.45am

Children's Book Week: Preschool storytime

Balwyn Library

Tue 20 Aug 4pm to 5.30pm Children's Book Week: Make it! Greythorn Library Lounge

Wed 21 Aug

11am to 11.45am

Children's Book Week: Preschool storytime

Kew Library

Wed 21 Aug 4pm to 5.30pm Children's Book Week: Make it! Ashburton Library

Thu 22 Aug

11am to 11.45am

Children's Book Week: Preschool storytime


Ashburton Library

Fri 23 Aug

11am to 11.45am

Children's Book Week: Preschool storytime


Hawthorn Library

Sat 24 Aug

11am to 12.30pm

Fairy tales: from ancient to modern

Greythorn Library Lounge

Tue 27 Aug

2pm to 3pm

Book chat

Hawthorn Library

Tue 27 Aug 7pm to 8pm Writers and freedom of speech: PEN Melbourne Kew Library

Wed 28 Aug

11am to 12noon

Book group

Kew Library

Boroondara Literary Awards 2019

Applications for the 21st Boroondara Literary Awards are open from 6 May 2019.

The awards were established in 1999, in partnership with Rotary Club of Balwyn, to celebrate creativity by writers in Boroondara and across Australia.

It is free to enter your work into either the Open Short Story or The Young Writers’ Competition for great prizes and a place in our Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology.  

Find out more about the Boroondara Literary Awards.

More information

To find out more about the Boroondara Literary Festival, call Boroondara Library Service at 9278 4666 or submit an enquiry through the Ask a Librarian eform.

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