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


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Did you leave something behind at the Flanagan event? A lovely purple jacket? It's at the Primary School office awaiting collection.


After a very successful 2016 (Alexander McCall Smith, Mireille Juchau, Richard Fidler and Tim Winton) we're continuing to put together our program for 2017. We've already held four events, with A C Grayling, Malachy Tallack, Steven Lang (interviewed by Kate Evans) and Richard Flanagan. 

We hope to be able to stage one more event before the end of the year:

Sunday December 10: author to be announced. 

This year we've moved to an on-line booking platform. It makes it easier for you to purchase tickets, you can buy them at any time of day or night. There are no extra fees applicable. Please visit the 'Upcoming Events' page (from the menu at the top) and click on the 'Buy Tickets' button for each event you'd like to attend. If for some reason you have difficulties purchasing tickets over the internet a limited number of tickets are available for cash (only) at both Maleny Bookshop and Rosetta Books. Please note: cash only. 

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Outspoken is directed by Steven and Tyyni Lang. We are based in Maleny in south-east Queensland. This is our seventh year of operation. During that time we've held conversations with some fifty authors, including A C Grayling, Malachy Tallack, Richard Fidler, Tim Winton, Alexander McCall-Smith, 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. Unfortunately, due to permission restrictions, we are not able to record all events.

Outspoken operates by selling tickets to our events ($20 for adults, $15 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 Glasshouse Country News and ABC Sunshine Coast FM. 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.


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

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


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