outspoken is an extended literary festival taking the form of occasional conversations with writers

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We're putting together our new season for 2016. Our first event with renowned author Alexander McCall Smith (of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Scotland Street, Sunday Philosophy Club etc.) was a great success, attracting an audience of 450 people.

Steven Lang in conversation with Alexander McCall Smith, 1 March 2016

Steven Lang in conversation with Alexander McCall Smith, 1 March 2016

We do apologise if you were one of those unable to obtain a ticket. People who receive our emails hear about our events first, please sign up at the bottom of this page to receive updates as they come in. 

We hope to be able to upload a podcast of the parts of the event towards the end of next week. 

We'll be adding other events as the year progresses. 

We've been running for five years. During that time we've held conversations with some forty-nine authors, including Magda Szubanksi, Tim Flannery,  Ruth Ozeki, Thomas Keneally, Ann Patchett, Richard Ford, Patrick Gale, Chad Harbach, Christos Tsiolkas, Ramona Koval, Kate Grenville, Cate Kennedy, Karen Joy Fowler, Graeme Simsion, Henry Reynolds and the former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan. Several of these events were sold out. For a full list of participants please visit Previous Events.

In 2014 we began recording events. An edited version of some of our conversations can be listened to under the 'podcasts' tab in the menu above. 

Outspoken operates by selling tickets to our events ($18 for adults, $12 for students unless otherwise stated) We do not receive any external funding. We very much appreciate the help we get from various businesses in town, in particular Maleny Bookshop and Rosetta Books, as well as support with publicity from The Hinterland Times, The Range News, the Glasshouse Country News and the Sunshine Valley Gazette. And, of course, from you, our audience.

Approximately one month before each event we send out an email with information about the evening, inviting you to book. If you sign up using the form at the bottom of this page we'll put you on the list. We promise not to send you junk mail or to give your address to anyone else.


Kate Grenville (pictured below with Steven Lang) was one of our visiting authors in September.

You can download a podcast of the event at our podcasts page.


The evening at Maleny was terrific – what an enthusiastic and thoughtful audience! Really enjoyed it.
— Kate Grenville
Visiting Maleny was the highlight of my Australian tour
— Karen Joy Fowler