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Two Birds on a Wire: National Book Launch

We are proud to be hosting the national book launch for, Two Birds on a Wire, the latest picture storybook from local author, Coral Vass.  To be held simultaneously to a Brisbane based launch by illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith, we’re looking forward to a morning of great fun.

Come along to hear Coral read her new book, and then have her sign a copy for you.  There’ll be balloons and goodie bags to give away as well.

When: 11.30am Saturday 12 September

Where: In store

What: Book reading and signing

two-birds-on-a-wireTwo Birds on a Wire

Author: Coral Vass   Illustrator: Heidi Cooper Smith

$15.00 Paperback

Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black refuse to share! Each wants to sit on the wire alone in this funny rhyming story.

Recommended age: Preschool and lower primary school

Two Birds on a Wire is released on 1 September 2015.


Author Event: Rosie Batty – A Mother’s Story

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in conversation with Jon Faine (Mornings 774 ABC Melbourne)

Thursday 8 October


Peninsula Community Theatre

Wilsons Road Mornington

UPDATE: This event is now booked out.
If you would like to add your details to a waitlist, you may do so here.

In February last year the world changed for Rosie Batty. Her son Luke was killed by his father in a tragic incident at cricket practice in Tyabb, here on the Mornington Peninsula. This tragic event reverberated around the state and shocked the nation.

Since then, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against family violence, winning hearts and minds with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness.

In January this year, Rosie was named Australian of the Year. This has provided a national platform for Rosie to continue her work against family violence, which is now changing national attitudes and behaviours.

In collaboration with Peninsula Voice and Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries, we are proud to be bringing Rosie home to coincide with the release of her book, A Mother’s Story. Jon Faine, presenter Mornings 774 ABC Melbourne, will also be coming to Mornington to share in conversation with Rosie.

This event will be our chance as a community to welcome Rosie back and share some stories of the roller coaster of the past 18 months.

Rosie’s book will be available for purchase and signing on the night or you can pre-order your copy now (in store or call 5975 5034).

A Mother’s Story will be released on 21 September.

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Author Event: ABDI ADEN

We are very happy to partner with Peninsula Voice and Mornington Peninsula Libraries to present:


9781460703724ABDI ADEN

Author of
Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

 in conversation with Demet Divaroran

2.30pm Sunday 26th July 2015

The Studio@PCT
Wilsons Road, Mornington
Tickets $10.00 (no concessions)

Abdi Aden’s world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia’s vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively an orphan, Abdi survived daily violence, death squads and starvation. After almost four months he reached Kenya.

He was just seventeen years old when he arrived in Melbourne after journeying through Romania and Germany. He had no English, no family or friends, no money, no home. Yet, Abdi went on to complete postgraduate qualifications in adolescent mental health and was acknowledged with the 2007 Victorian Refugee Recognition Award.  Abdi also featured in the SBS second series of Go Back to Where You Came From, which follows ordinary Australians as they challenge their preconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers on an immersive, reverse journey to some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places on Earth.

Come along and hear this truly amazing story of survival and learn a little of the horrors faced in Somalia during this turbulent period.

A musical prelude will commence from 2pm, and the presentation will be followed by a book signing and Somali afternoon tea.


Tickets ($10.00) can be purchased in store or online (click here).


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A note on Peninsula Voice:

An initiative of the Mornington/Mount Martha Churches, the objective of Peninsula Voice is to promote education, awareness and advocacy across the breadth of the Mornington Peninsula communities; drawing on the skills and resources within these diverse communities in order to positively engage people on current issues.

Peninsula Voice believes the quality and strength of a community can be measured by how it cares for and supports its most vulnerable members.  Accordingly, their public forums are designed to build social capital as a means of helping the community as a whole, better cope with life’s varied challenges.

Farrell’s is proud to partner with Peninsula Voice on events to bring authors of interesting and varied backgrounds to engage with and stimulate community discussion. 








Author Event: Steven Carroll

Author STEVEN CARROLL is coming to visit!

Steven Carroll-2In collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries, we’re extremely excited to be holding two events with Miles Franklin winning author, Steven Carroll, in June.

Wednesday 17 June – 1.30pm                                  Thursday 18 June – 2pm
Rosebud Library                                                        Mornington Library
T: 5950 1230                                                               T: 5950 1820

Bookings are essential. 


Please visit or call Rosebud or Mornington Library to make a booking.


Steven Carroll is one of Australia’s most awarded literary writers. His latest novel Forever Young  (available in store now), is set in 1977 and continues his acclaimed Glenroy series.


Set against the tumultuous period of change and uncertainty that was Australia in 1977. Whitlam is about to lose the federal election and things will never be the same again. Radicals have become conservatives, idealism is giving way to realism, relationships are falling apart and Michael is finally coming to accept that he will never be a rock and roll musician.

A subtle and graceful exploration of the passage of time and our yearning for the seeming simplicities of the past, Forever Young is a powerfully moving work – clear. beautiful, affecting – by one of our greatest authors.


Steve is the author of nine novels, including A World of Other People (2013) which shared the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction with Richard Flanagan and was shortlisted for the South Australian Premier’s Award.

Earlier novels include The Spirit of Progress (2011), The Time We Have Taken (2007), which won both the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ (SE Asia and South Pacific Region) Prize and the 2008 Miles Franklin Award; The Lost Life (2009), which was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award; The Art of the Engine Driver (2001), which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and France’s Prix Femina literary award for the Best Foreign Novel in 2005 and The Gift of Speed (2004), which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and for the ALS Gold Medal.

Steven lives in Melbourne with his partner Fiona Capp and their son.

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