Bought to Aireys and Fairhaven by the Melbourne Writers Festival on the Road.
FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST
KEYNOTE AND DINNER: GREAT JOURNEYS WITH TIM COPE AND ROBYN DAVIDSON
WHERE: 6.30 pm @ Aireys Inlet Community Centre
BOOKINGS: www.mwf.com.au or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0201
PRICE: $60.00 p.p
BOOKS: Authors will be signing books after the event at the Great Escape Books table or arrange a signing by prior arrangement of you can’t attend the event.
ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN, AN EPIC JOURNEY FROM ASIA TO EUROPE THROUGH THE LAND OF NOMADS WITH TIM COPE
Lone-adventurer Tim Cope travelled the entire length of the Eurasian steppe on horseback, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. This formidable 6,000-mile journey took three years to complete. It is a journey that has not been completed successfully since the days of Genghis Khan. Trekking through wolf-infested plateaus, down into deep forests and up over glaciers, across sub-zero barren landscapes, scorching deserts and through treacherous mountain passes, Cope travelled deep into the heart of the nomadic way of life that has dominated the Eurasian steppe for thousands of years. Alone, except for a trusted dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen along the way), he encountered incredible hospitality from those who welcomed him on his journey – a tradition that is the linchpin of human survival on the steppe. With WC the Kazakh aphorism ‘To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes’ playing constantly in his thoughts, Cope became immersed in the land and its people, moving through both space and time as witness to the rich past and to the often painful complexities of present-day life still recovering from Soviet rule.On the Trail of Genghis Khan is a tale of survival, adventure and discovery set in a fascinating and politically volatile.
TRACKS WITH ROBYN DAVIDSON
‘I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.’ So begins Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.
FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST
WORKSHOP: TURNING YOUR TRAVELS INTO STORIES WITH SUSAN GOUGH HENLY
WHERE: 10.30 am @ Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club
BOOKINGS: www.mwf.com.au or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0308
SATURDAY 23 AUGUST
JOURNEYS OF SELF DISCOVERY WITH AILSA PIPER AND JULIETTA JAMESON
WHERE: 1.30 pm @ Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club
BOOKINGS: www.mwf.com.au or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0309
Susan Gough Henly is Australian photojournalist who writes for about 15 publications around the world including Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, The Sydney Sun Herald, Royal Auto, Vacations and Travel, News Ltd, Luxury Travel Magazine, The Wine Enthusiast, House and Garden, Nine msn, Australia and New Zealand Magazine, Voyeur, Qantas Insider, OUTthere Magazine, Jetstar and several other airline magazines.
She has produced Australia’s Best Places, the definitive and discerning App to the most authentic experiences and best places Down Under. Please check it out on iTunes at http://tiny.cc/qpxqpw. She is on the board of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and have contributed to their two anthologies of travel writing: Best Food Forward and Red Dust and Wanderlust. Also a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.
SINNING ACROSS SPAIN WITH AILSA PIPER
With these words Ailsa Piper’s journey begins. Less than a month later she finds herself hiking through olive groves and under translucent pink blossoms, making her way from the legendary city of Granada, towards the cliffs at Finisterre in the far north-west of Spain. On her back she carries an unusual cargo—a load of sins. In the tradition of medieval believers who paid others to carry their sins to holy places, and so buy forgiveness, Ailsa’s friends and colleagues donated sins in order to fund her quest. She’s received anger and envy, pride and lust, among many. Through glorious villages and inspiring landscapes, miracles find her. Matrons stuff gifts of homemade sausages into her pack. Angels in both name and nature ease her path. Sins find her too. Those in her pack and many others tempt her throughout her journey. And she falls in love: with kindness, with strangers, and with Spain. Sinning Across Spain celebrates the mysteries of faith, the possibilities for connection, and the simple act of setting down one foot after the other.
LORD BYRON AND ME WITH JULIETTA JAMESON
Mad, bad and dangerous to know’, Lord Byron was not just one of England’s finest poets, he was also history’s first true rock star, living a life of abundant extravagance and shocking scandal that led eventually to self-imposed exile in Europe. Through his travels, Byron carved out a new life, remaining true to himself to the end. So when journalist Julietta Jameson is compelled by emotional crisis to embark on her own period of personal exile, whose footsteps better to follow in than those of her beloved Byron? Her suitcase filled with his verse, Julietta traces the path of this luminary poet through the Alps, across Italy and over the Mediterranean, and in doing so, learns to live her life in truth, just as he did. Me, Myself and Lord Byron is a story of parallel journeys – that of the infamous Lord Byron, and of a woman on a heartfelt mission to reclaim her life. Julietta explores the flipside of Byron’s celebrity – his insecurities, fears and regrets. And against the sumptuous backdrop of Switzerland, Italy and Greece, she reminds us that it’s never too late to rediscover yourself.
SATURDAY 23 AUGUST
WRITING PLACE WITH ANDREW NETTE AND LAURA JEAN MCKAY
WHERE: 3.30 pm @ Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club
BOOKINGS: www.mwf.com.au or 03 9999 1199. Quote CODE: 0310
BOOKS: Authors will be signing books after the event at the Great Escape Books table or arrange a signing by prior arrangement of you can’t attend the event
His first novel, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties was published in 2012 by Snubnose Press.
Beat Girls, Love Tribes and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 – 1980, a non-fiction book he jointly edited with Iain MacIntyre, will be published by Verse Chorus Press in late 2015.
He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications, a small Melbourne-based press specialising in crime fiction. He co-editors its magazine Crime Factory, and co-edited its publication Hard Labour, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, and LEE, an anthology of fiction inspired by American cinema icon Lee Marvin.
His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and on-line publications, including Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3, Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels, Blood and Tacos, The One That Got Away, Phnom Penh Noir and Crime Factory Hard Labour.
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA WITH LAURA JEAN MCKAY
Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor is Cambodia: a country with a genocidal past and a wide, open smile. A frontier land where anything is possible – at least for the tourists. In Holiday in Cambodia Laura Jean McKay explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet.
Three backpackers board a train, ignoring the danger signs – and find themselves in the hands of the Khmer Rouge.
Elderly sisters are visited by their vampire niece from Australia and set out to cure her.
A singer creates a sensation in swinging 1969, on the eve of an American bombing campaign. These are bold and haunting stories by a remarkable new talent.