The Willy Lit Fest is almost upon us, with a strong line-up featuring Kerry O’Brien, George Megalogenis, Chrissie Forster, Clementine Ford, Andy Griffiths, Matthew Condon, Tjanara Goreng and more.

    Now celebrating its 16th year, it’s a chance to witness the coming together of some of Australia’s brightest authors and titles.

    New Program Director Stella Kinsella said “The 2019 Willy Lit Fest will be hosting robust discussions, asking how we are travelling as a nation, what is the heart of the matter, whom do we trust? From voices in politics, media, screen to page, real life drama, survivors and champions, the young and younger still – the festival will seek the truth and get to the nub.”

    The festival runs from the evening of Thursday 13 June until Sunday 16 June, and will kick off with an opening night event at Sebastian Beach Grill overlooking the Bay, with a special Festival Guest, the international bestselling author Caroline Overington.
    Full program and tickets are available at

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