Preview Events

Migrant Stories - Christopher Raja and Olympia Panagiotopoulos

Thursday 22 October 2020, 7:30-8:30pm

Join us for this special preview event ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival. This year’s festival theme is Life, Changing and in this event we’ll discuss multiculturalism in Australia, the heartbreaking choice to start a new life, the struggles in adapting to a new home and the ties that bind to a homeland. Author Christopher Raja has written an affecting portrait of one family’s search for home, Into the Suburbs. Olympia Panagiotopoulos has written an evocative exploration of the ties that bind in her memoir of food, family and Greece, Beneath the Fig Leaves. Chris and Olympia will be joined on the panel by Panel Moderator Harriet Gaffney, award winning writer, scholar and arts administrator. 

Register for this free virtual event  HERE

Presented in partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries

Rachael Brown & Vikki Petraitis - Lawyer X

Former gangland lawyer Nicola Gobbo is the person at the center of a royal commission that is not set to hand down its findings on the management of police informants until later this year.

This second special preview event ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival took place on Wednesday 23 September. On the panel were ABC investigative reporter and creator of new podcast Trace 2: The Informer Rachael Brown and author of Cops, Drugs, Lawyer X and Me, award-winning true crime writer Vikki Petraitis. They were joined by self-confessed true crime obsessive and podcaster, Meshel Laurie.

Watch the event HERE 

Presented in Partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries

Judith Brett: The Coal Curse

Our first preview event ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival took place on Wednesday 26th August and explored the consequences of Australia’s coal addiction with Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, author of the Quarterly Essay, The Coal Curse.

This year’s festival theme is Life, Changing and Judith appeared in conversation with journalist Eve Fisher to trace the unusual history of Australia’s economy while asking why we are doubling down on fossil fuels at a time when politicians are engaging in evidence-based, bipartisan policy-making in response to COVID-19.

Watch this event HERE

Presented in partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries