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

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After a very successful 2016 (Alexander McCall Smith, Mireille Juchau, Richard Fidler and Tim Winton) we're putting together our program for 2017.

We already have dates for three events: 

Wednesday March 1: Malachy Kallack, discussing his new book Undiscovered Islands, as well as his previous work 60 Degrees North

Tuesday March 28: A C Grayling, Philosopher, discussing his recent work The Age of Genius, The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind.

Friday July 14: Steven Lang, discussing his new novel.

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

Tickets for events go on sale approximately one month before the event (unless otherwise notified). Please sign up to our email list below to receive up to date information. Many of our events sell out. To avoid disappointment please book early. 


We've been running for six years. During that time we've held conversations with some forty-nine authors, including 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. 

Outspoken operates by selling tickets to our events ($20 for adults, $14 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.


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