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High Road to Reading

High Road to Reading brings authors to public libraries across Victoria for readings, talks and workshops. Whatever your reading passion, you'll find an event to entertain and inspire you.

The program runs for three years, from 2012 to 2014, and features a series of author tours in April, May and June. This year, you have the opportunity to hear from fantastic writers such as Kerry Greenwood, Andy Griffiths, John Safran, Sally Rippin, John Marsden and Shane Maloney.

High Road to Reading is funded by the State Library of Victoria and delivered in partnership with Public Libraries Victoria Network. The program is supported by a grant from Copyright Agency Limited.

In 2014, 18 library services across Victoria will take part in the program. Contact your local participating library service for more information or to make a booking.

Participating library services

Metropolitan

Darebin Libraries
Glen Eira Libraries
Hume Libraries
Melton Library and Information Service
Moonee Valley Libraries
Mornington Peninsula Libraries
Port Phillip Libraries
Vision Australia
Yarra Libraries

Regional

Campaspe Regional Library
Glenelg Libraries
Goldfields Library Corporation
Indigo Shire Libraries
Murrindindi Libraries
Swan Hill Library
Towong Shire Libraries
Wodonga Library

Campaspe Regional Library

Shane Maloney: Crime does pay
Shane Maloney, creator of the popular Murray Whelan crime novels, discusses his books and his experiences as a writer.
Wednesday 2 April 2014, 2–3pm
Kyabram Community Hub and Library, 19 Lake Rd, Kyabram

Bronwyn Parry: Writing in the dark
Hear Bronwyn Parry, author of four gritty, romantic suspense novels set on the edge of the NSW outback.
Thursday 22 May 2014, 2–3pm
Rochester Community Hub and Library, Mackay St, Rochester

James Phelan: The thrill of the write
Join James Phelan, the author of 21 novels, including thrillers, young adult and middle-grade fiction.
Thursday 5 June 2014, 2–3pm
Campaspe Regional Library, 310 Hare St, Echuca

Contact Campaspe Regional Library for more information and bookings.

Darebin Libraries

John Marsden: When the stories began
Join award-winning author John Marsden, who has sold more than 2.5 million books in Australia alone, including the Tomorrow series and Ellie chronicles.
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 7–8.30pm
Northcote Library, 32–38 Separation St, Northcote

Alice Pung: Polished gem
Alice Pung’s work has appeared in The Monthly, The best Australian stories and Meanjin. Her books include Unpolished gem and Her father’s daughter, and she was the editor of the anthology Growing up Asian in Australia.
Tuesday 6 May 2014, 7–8.30pm
Preston Library, 266 Gower St, Preston

Andrew Rule: Behind the crime
Andrew Rule is best known as the co-author of the Australian true-crime book series Underbelly. A journalist since 1975, he has worked in newspapers, television and radio, and wrote the book Cuckoo, the true story of the notorious ‘Mr Stinky’ case.
Tuesday 17 June 2014, 7–8.30pm
Preston Library, 266 Gower St, Preston

Contact Darebin Libraries for more information and bookings.

Glen Eira Libraries

Jane Edmanson: In the garden
Jane Edmanson OAM has been a long-time presenter on ABC Television’s Gardening Australia program and has written several gardening books. Come and hear about her experiences as an author and keen gardener.
Wednesday 9 April 2014, 2–3pm
Glen Eira Town Hall – Auditorium, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Rds, Caulfield

Toni Jordan: Falling for the girl
Meet Toni Jordan, whose debut novel Addition was short-listed for the Barbara Jefferis Award and long-listed for the Miles Franklin in 2009, and has been published in 16 countries. Her second novel, Fall girl, was published in 2010 and her latest, Nine days, in 2012.
Wednesday 18 June 2014, 2–3.30pm
Carnegie Library, 7 Shepparson Ave, Carnegie

Andy Griffiths: Up the treehouse!
Join in the fun with Andy Griffiths, one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers, with more than 20 bestselling books, including the JUST! and BAD series.
Saturday 21 June 2014, 2–3pm
Glen Eira Town Hall – Auditorium, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Rds, Caulfield

Contact Glen Eira Libraries for more information and bookings.

Glenelg Libraries

Judy Nunn: Literary lunch
Join Judy Nunn, who has written over 10 books with combined sales of millions worldwide. She’ll speak about her successful careers as an actor, scriptwriter for television and radio, and book author.
Thursday 8 May 2014, 12–2pm
Portland Library, Bentinck St, Portland
Bookings essential: Tel (03) 5522 2265

Fiona McCallum: A rural encounter
Meet Fiona McCallum, best-selling Australian author of Paycheque, Nowhere else, Wattle Creek, Saving grace and the newly released Time will tell. Listen to her speak about her books and writing experiences.
Friday 13 June 2014, 11am–12.30pm
Casterton Town Hall, Council Offices and Library, 67 Henty St, Casterton
Bookings essential: Tel (03) 5554 2444.

Contact Glenelg Libraries for more information

Goldfields Library Corporation

Stig Wemyss: Meet Australia’s most loved narrator of audio books for children and young adults, and author of The Tripp Diaries series.

National Simultaneous Storytime
Hear Stig read Too many elephants in this house, written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner.
Wednesday 21 May 2014, 11–11.30am
Bendigo Library performance space, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo

Live at the library
Come and hear Stig read from his own collection of books.
Wednesday 21 May 2014, 4–5pm
Gisborne Library, Hamilton St, Gisborne

Andy Griffiths: Up the treehouse!
Join in the fun with one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, whose books include the JUST! and BAD series. (For children aged 7+)
Friday 13 June 2014, 6–7pm
Bendigo Town Hall, Hargreaves St, Bendigo

Andrew Rule: Behind the crime
Andrew Rule, one of Australia’s most successful crime writers, has written and co-written many books, including the Underbelly and Chopper series. (Book signings included.)
Friday 20 June 2014, 5.30–7pm
Bendigo Library (Activity Room 1 and 2), 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo

Contact Goldfields Library Corporation for more information and bookings.

Hume Libraries

James Phelan: The thrill of the write
Meet James Phelan, the author of 21 novels, including thrillers, young adult and middle-grade fiction.
Friday 9 May 2014, 10–11am or 11.30am–12.30pm
The Age Library, 1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows
Bookings essential: Tel (03) 9356 6900

Andy Griffiths: Up the treehouse!
Join in the fun with Andy Griffiths, one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers, with more than 20 bestselling books, including the JUST! and BAD series. (For children aged 7+)
Saturday 7 June 2014, 2–3pm
Craigieburn Library, 75–95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn
Bookings essential: Tel (03) 9356 6980

Contact Hume Libraries for more information

Indigo Shire Libraries

Penny Woodward: A well-known gardener, radio presenter and author of seven books, including Australia’s bestselling herb ‘bible’, A practical guide to growing and using organic herbs, Penny will be appearing at selected venues across the shire.

An evening of gardening delights
Join Penny to hear her talk about her gardening experience and stay for a light supper.
Tuesday 24 June 2014, 7–9pm
Rutherglen Library, High St, Rutherglen

Edible herbs
Hear Penny speak about her gardening and writing experiences.
Wednesday 25 June 2014, 10am–12pm
Beechworth Senior Citizens Hall, Harper Ave, Beechworth

In the garden
Join Penny for a community garden tour including and a light lunch.
Thursday 26 June 2014, 10am–12.30pm
The Old Courthouse, Railway Ave, Yackandandah

Contact Indigo Shire Libraries for more information and bookings.

Melton Library and Information Service

Andrew Rule: Behind the crime
Andrew Rule is one of Australia’s most successful crime writers and has written and co-written many books, including the Underbelly true-crime series and the Chopper series, which inspired the successful feature film. (Book signings included.)
Thursday 15 May 2014, 7–8pm
Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie St, Melton

Contact Melton Library and Information Service for more information and bookings.

Moonee Valley Libraries

Sally Rippin: Little rippers
Come along and listen to Sally Rippin, an award-winning author and illustrator of over 50 children’s books, including the ever-popular series Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! Her books will be available for purchase and signing on the day. (For children aged 5–8)
Wednesday 14 May 2014, 4–4.45pm
Niddrie Library, 483 Keilor Rd, Niddrie

John Marsden: So much to tell you
Join award-winning author John Marsden, who has sold more than 2.5 million books in Australia alone, including the Tomorrow series and Ellie chronicles.
Saturday 14 June 2014, 2–3pm
Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre,
69–79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights

Contact Moonee Valley Libraries for more information and bookings.

Mornington Peninsula Libraries

Andrew Rule: Behind the crime
Andrew Rule is one of Australia’s most successful crime writers and has written and co-written many books, including the Underbelly true-crime series and the Chopper series, which inspired the successful feature film.
Thursday 1 May 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
Rosebud Library, McDowell St, Rosebud
Bookings essential: Tel 5950 1230

John Safran: In conversation
John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. John’s first book, Murder in Mississippi, is a true-crime story and a revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer and the place they lived. John’s journey to find the truth makes it a compelling and witty read.
Tuesday 6 May 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
Mornington Library, Vancouver St, Mornington
Bookings essential: Tel 5950 1820

Contact Mornington Peninsula Libraries for more information

Murrindindi Libraries

Chris Womersley: From crime to Cairo
Meet award-winning crime fiction writer Chris Womersley, whose works include Bereft, The low road and his most recent book, Cairo.
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 6.30–8pm
Yea Library, Civic Centre, Semi Circle, Yea

Judy Nunn: Second to Nunn
An acclaimed actor and scriptwriter, Nunn is best known for her roles in leading Australian dramas such as Home and Away and Prisoner. She has also written several children’s books and eight bestselling adult fiction books including The glitter game, Beneath the Southern Cross and Heritage.
Tuesday 6 May 2014, 7–8.30pm
Kinglake Library, 19 Kinglake Whittlesea Rd, Kinglake

Toni Jordan: Australia’s fall girl
Come and hear Toni Jordan speak about her experiences as an author and writer. Best known for her romantic comedies Addition and Fall girl, her third novel ventures into Australian family drama. She also writes for newspapers and magazines, and teaches creative writing.
Wednesday 28 May 2014, 7.30–9pm
Taggerty Hall, Thornton Rd, Taggerty

Contact Murrindindi Libraries for more information and bookings.

Port Phillip Libraries

John Safran: In conversation
John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. John’s first book, Murder in Mississippi, is a true-crime story and a revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer and the place they lived. John’s journey to find out the truth makes it a compelling and witty read.
Thursday 24 April 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Leigh Redhead: Thrilling the city
Leigh is best known as the creator of the intelligent, vivacious and sexy Simone Kirsch, a stripper who leaves the sex industry to become a private investigator. Hear how Leigh drew on her own experiences as a stripper, waitress and check-out chick (you name it, the dodgier the better!) in writing her books.
Tuesday 6 May 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Contact Port Phillip Libraries for more information and bookings.

Swan Hill Library

Andrew Plant: The big draw
A trained zoologist, Andrew is also a successful illustrator, author, science educator, theatre designer, director and choreographer. He has illustrated over 130 books, and written and illustrated a number of his own titles, including Finding dinosaurs and Could a tyrannosaurus play table tennis? Join Andrew for a drawing workshop. (For children aged 6+)
Monday 30 June 2014, 10–11am or 2–3pm
Swan Hill Library, 53 Campbell St, Swan Hill
Bookings essential. Tel: 03 5036 2480

Contact Swan Hill Library for more information

Towong Shire Libraries

Shane Maloney: Crime does pay
Join Shane Maloney, creator of the popular Murray Whelan crime novels.
Friday 16 May 2014, 10am–12pm
Tallangatta Council Chambers, 32 Towong St, Tallangatta

Friday 16 May 2014, 2–4pm
Elyne Mitchell Library, 76 Hanson St, Corryong

Lauren Burns: Table talk
Meet Lauren Burns, Sydney 2000 Olympic medallist, Taekwondo. Now a qualified naturopath, Lauren will talk about her vegetarian cookbook, Food from a loving home.
Tuesday 3 June 2014, 10am–12pm
Tallangatta Multi-Sporting Precinct, Akuna Ave, Tallangatta

Tuesday 3 June 2014, 2–4pm
Elyne Mitchell Library, 76 Hanson St, Corryong

Katherine Howell: Setting a killer pace
Join former paramedic Katherine Howell, an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Australian crime fiction novels.
Tuesday 24 June, 10am–12pm
Tallangatta Multi-Sporting Precinct, Akuna Ave, Tallangatta

Tuesday 24 June, 2–4pm
Elyne Mitchell Library, 76 Hanson St, Corryong

Contact Towong Shire Libraries or phone (02) 6071 5100 for more information and bookings.

Vision Australia radio 1179 AM Melbourne

Kerry Greenwood: Miss Greenwood’s mysteries
Listen to Kerry Greenwood, author of bestselling novels including the Phryne Fisher and Corinna series, several books for young adults and the Delphic Women WC series. Kerry will speak about her books and experiences as a writer.
Friday 11 April 2014, 3pm

Judy Nunn: Second to Nunn
Listen to Judy Nunn, who has written over 10 books with combined sales of millions worldwide. She’ll speak about her successful careers as an actor, scriptwriter for television and radio, and book author.
Friday 16 May 2014, 3pm

Bronwyn Parry: Dark words
Bronwyn Parry is the author of four gritty romantic suspense novels, set on the edge of the NSW outback. Listen to her speak about her books and experiences as a writer.
Friday 30 May 2014, 3pm

Contact Vision Australia for more information

Wodonga Library

Jack Heath: The thrill of the write
Join Jack Heath, an award-winning author of six action-packed thrillers for young adults, as he speaks about his books and his experiences as a writer.
Friday 4 April 2014, 4.30–5.30pm
Wodonga Library, 126 Hovell St, Wodonga

Shane Maloney: Crime does pay
Shane Maloney, creator of the popular Murray Whelan crime novels, will host a discussion group about writing and getting your work published. Bookings essential.
Thursday 15 May 2014, 11am–12pm
Wodonga Library, 126 Hovell St, Wodonga

Shane Maloney: An evening of crime
Join Shane Maloney, creator of the popular Murray Whelan crime novels, as he speaks about his books and his experiences as a writer.
Thursday 15 May 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
Wodonga Library, 126 Hovell St, Wodonga

Contact Wodonga Library for more information and bookings.

Yarra Libraries

Leanne Hall: Author of This is shyness and Queen of the night, Leanne will run two workshops for teens (12–18 years) at Collingwood Library, 11 Stanton St, Abbotsford. Bookings essential.

Weird accounts and strange tales
Create your own strange tale in this creative writing workshop with Leanne.
Wednesday 16 April 2014, 1.30–2.30pm

Creating characters
Join Leanne and learn how to place the right character in the right story.
Wednesday 16 April 2014, 3.30–4.30pm

Leigh Redhead: Thrilling the city
Leigh talks about her experiences in writing the Simone Kirsch crime fiction series that draws on her own colourful background. Books available for purchase. Bookings essential.
Wednesday 7 May 2014, 7–8pm
The Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, corner Napier and Condell Sts, Fitzroy

Bernard Caleo: The big draw
Love cartoons, comics, animated movies or manga? Find out how to create your own with professional artist and storyteller, Bernard Caleo. Bookings essential.
Saturday 14 June 2014, 1–3pm
Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy

Contact Yarra Libraries for more information and bookings.