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 next event will be run in association with Celebration of Books Maleny. We're delighted to be able to announce a conversation with Mireille Juchau, whose third novel, The World Without Us, has attracted extraordinary attention, including winning the Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction and being shortlisted for the Stella Prize and several other awards. Our introducing author will be Elspeth Muir, the Brisbane author of Wasted, a Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane. Please visit our Upcoming Events Page for more details. Tickets are on sale now at Maleny Bookshop 5494 3666. 

Many of our recent events have sold out, to avoid disappointment please don't delay in purchasing tickets. 

 

Our first event this year was in March with Alexander McCall Smith and attracted a lot of attention (450 people!) Sandy delighted the audience with his stores and his humour.

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 apologise but we had technical problems with our recording on the night and it has been impossible to post a podcast of the event.  

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 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 2015.

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