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Feed Your Curiosity at This Year’s Booklovers Festival

With a full program of events and activities, there’s something to feed every imagination at the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival for Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Across three weeks, from Friday 6 September to Saturday 21 September, there will be opportunities to meet famous writers, hear about their books and how they were born; attend workshops to fan the flames of your own creative writing; join book clubs and meet other lovers of stories and storytelling.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) is a library service comprising nine branch libraries located across the three member Councils of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. The closest branches to Riverhills are in Lalor, Mill Park, Thomastown and Whittlesea, and there are some fantastic events close by!

Local highlights

Waterways and journeys – Join Wotjobaluk woman, writer, artist and curator Kathrine Clarke and a panel of Aboriginal storytellers and writers from diverse backgrounds for this very special event as they discuss and share the different ways stories tell us who we are, where we’ve come from and why we tell them. Each writer and storyteller will share a reading and detail the ways they acknowledge and interpret the shape of their work based on personal experience, culture, and family history.

Lalor Library

2A May Road, Lalor.

Saturday 7 September, 1:00-2:30pm


Creative Resilience – As a novelist, writing teacher and podcaster, Kate Mildenhall has experienced the highs and lows of creative writing and what the whole process can be like. In this masterclass, Kate will focus on creative stumbling blocks such as strategies to overcome ‘failure’, rejection, and writer’s block. Be inspired (and informed!) to keep going no matter what comes your way along your writing journey.

Mill Park Library

394 Plenty Road, Mill Park.

Sunday 15 September, 1:30-4:30pm


Story Block Quilt – Telling the story of a community takes many voices. You are invited to add your voice to the Story Block Quilt during the festival. Design a panel for the community quilt and have your story recorded and added to our collection. Whether you are young, old or anything in between we would love to hear about your life in the City of Whittlesea. Each workshop looks at different quilting techniques and the end results will be made into the Story Block Quilt and displayed in our libraries.

Thomastown Library

52 Main Street, Thomastown.

Tuesday 10 September, 4:00-5:00pm


Creativity, Honesty and the Writing Life with Favel Parrett – Where do creative ideas come from? How do you keep drafting when it seems like there’s no end in sight? What is it like to take a small kernel of an idea and watch it grow into a novel that is shortlisted for the Miles

Franklin Award? Join award-winning author Favel Parrett for an intimate conversation and writer’s advice. She will discuss creativity and her work, including her new novel There was Still Love. Refreshments provided.

Whittlesea Library

Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57–61 Laurel Street, Whittlesea.

Wednesday 11 September, 1:00-2:00pm


Find out more

Visit the Booklovers Festival page on the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website to view and download the full program.

Or simply click here!