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Friday 14th July

Outspoken is delighted to present

Kate Evans in conversation with 

Steven Lang




Friday July 14



5.30 FOR 6.30

Tickets $20, $15 for students


Tensions have been slowly building in the old farming district of Winderran. Its rich landscape has attracted a new wave of urban tree-changers and wealthy developers. But traditional loyalties and values are pushed to the brink with the announcement of a controversial dam project. Locals Eugenie and Guy are forced to choose sides, while newcomer Nick discovers there are more sinister forces at work. The personal and the political soon collide in ways that will change their fates and determine the future of the town.

In Hinterland, Steven Lang has created a gripping novel that captures contemporary Australia in all of its natural beauty and conflicting ambitions.

The novel is already attracting glowing reviews. Kate Frawley in Books+Publishing writes:

‘It is stunning: a love story to the land and a tense exploration of the divisions arising from political alliances, personal beliefs and inherited ideals. Lang’s descriptions of the landscape are beautiful, evoking a stunning visual backdrop for the small hinterland town. His characters are vivid, revealing a true sense of their past and current allegiances, transgressions and ambitions.’

Steven is the author of two novels, An Accidental Terrorist, (UQP, 2005) which won Premier’s Literary Awards in both Queensland and New South Wales, and, 88 Lines About 44 Women (Viking, 2009), which was short-listed for the Fiction Award in both the Queensland and New South Wales Premiers’ Awards. He co-directs the extended writer’s festival Outspoken in Maleny, presenting conversations with well-known authors.


Kate Evans has worked in radio, TV, book publishing and universities. She joined Radio National in 1997, and has spent time both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone, on a range of programs including Rear Vision, Hindsight, Life Matters, The Comfort Zone, The Book Show, Australia Talks and MovieTime. During that time, she also completed a PhD in history, and worked on various TV and radio special projects. As someone whose greatest pleasure is reading books and speaking to interesting people, she’s delighted to be presenting ABC Radio's BooksPlus.

Thursday October 12

Outspoken is delighted to present

Steven Lang in conversation with 

Richard Flanagan


first person


Thursday october 12

MALENY state school hall

16, bunya STREET, MALENY

5.45 FOR 6.30

Tickets $20, $14 for students

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What is the truth? In this novel about a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, Richard Flanagan turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is called up in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he’ll be paid $10,000. 

But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him – his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl – and who is Kif Kehlmann?

By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a blistering journey into the heart of our age.


Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River GuideThe Sound of One Hand ClappingGould’s Book of FishThe Unknown TerroristWanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.


Outspoken is proud to work with two bookstores in Maleny, Rosetta Books (bookseller on the night) and Maleny Bookshop. We thank Anne Brown, Chris Francis and Fi Hunter for their continued support of our events. We'd also like to thank Maleny Community Centre for their help, they'll be running the bar. Complimentary biscuits and cheese etc will be available pre-show.

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