This year’s program for the Latrobe Literary Festival is a diverse mix of writing workshops, performances and author talks, offering learning attendees the opportunity to listen, learn, create and participate. With events around Latrobe City during the week of 20 to 26 May, the festival culminates with a poetry jam at Moe and a star-studded crime writing panel at Traralgon, convened by Writers Victoria in celebration of its 30 year anniversary.
Author talks include two Gippsland writers. Author Alice Robinson will discuss her latest climate-change novel ‘The Glad Shout’ at the Latrobe Regional Gallery and communications specialist Leah Mether will talk about her book ‘Soft is the New Hard’ at Moe Library.
The Traralgon Library will host two exciting programs with Narrelle Harris hosting ‘Improbable Cause’ a presentation to celebrate famous literary Sherlock Holmes in all his literary and visual iterations, while actor Lise Rodgers will deliver her new costumed-performance celebrating Jane Austen ‘A Most Perfect Persuasion’. There is also a powerful Irish drama ‘Swansong’ being presented at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre.
For writers, there a number of workshops including creative writing and poetry, short fiction and storytelling using social media platforms.
And crime-writing buffs will be delighted with the line-up of writers convened for the Writers Victoria ’30 Years of Crime’ panel. Mark Brandi, Kelly Gardner, Vikki Petraitis and Anna Snoekstra will discuss their own works and the crime genre in general. The panel will be facilitated by Writers Victoria chair, Nic Brasch.
Latrobe City is also hosting two writers-in-residence as part of Creative Gippsland’s Come and Play All of May. Michelle Roger will be visiting Moe Library to deliver her ‘What is Writing?’ workshop at Moe Library on 25 May. Sofie Dieu will be based at Moe Library during the week of the festival and will create an artwork in response to the poetry workshop she delivers on 20 May. A community celebration and poetry jam will be hosted at Moe Library on 26 May.
The week-long festival is a great opportunity for our community to engage with Latrobe City Libraries and explore the world of literature.
The full program of the Latrobe Literacy Festival can be found at www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/literaryfestival