CAZ GOODWIN: Monday 1 July

Story time with…

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Lazy Daisy

Monday 1 July


FREE, but bookings required as space is limited

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Join us for a special school holiday story time with award-winning children’s author Caz Goodwin to celebrate her recent picture book – Lazy Daisy is a funny rhyming story about friendship, compromise and an extremely lazy ‘dog’. The children will hear the story, enjoy rhyming songs and learn some fun facts about Australia’s native koalas. There will also be a craft activity.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Caz Goodwin

All of Jasper’s dreams come true when he finds his very own ‘puppy dog’ to walk in Centenary Park. But Daisy the ‘dog’ isn’t much of a walker — she tends to spend most of her day climbing gumtrees and dozing. If only someone would explain to Jasper that Daisy is a koala, NOT a dog! Just as Jasper’s about to give up on his dream, he has a madcap idea of how Daisy can still join him on his daily walk, whether she’s asleep or not.

Lazy Daisy is a hilarious rhyming story that will have kids doubled over with laughter.

LEE KOFMAN: Thursday 23 May


Thursday 23 May


Tickets $5

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Join us as Lee Kofman discusses her memoir/cultural critique, Imperfect, which casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn’t be.

Tickets $5 – includes wine on arrival.

About the Author

Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books, and two memoirs The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press, 2014) and Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become (Affirm Press, 2019), and the co-editor of an anthology of memoir, Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016). Her short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry have been widely published in Australia, US, UK, Scotland, Israel and Canada. Her writing received numerous awards and her blog about the writing process was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Her next book is the anthology of personal essays Split (Ventura Press). More at

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Lee Koffman

By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that have shaped her sense of self and her view of the world. But it wasn’t until she moved from the Soviet Union to Israel and later Australia that she realised these markings weren’t badges of honour to flaunt but were, in fact, imperfections that needed to be concealed.

In a seductive mix of memoir and cultural critique, Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. She reveals the subtle ways we are all influenced by the bodies we inhabit, whether our differences are pronounced or noticeable only to ourselves. She talks to people of all shapes, sizes and configurations and takes a hard look at the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn’t be.

By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, Imperfect challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.

LEAH KAMINSKY: Tuesday 23 April

The Hollow Bones

Tuesday 23 April


Tickets $5

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Join us as Leah Kaminsky, winner of the 2016 Voss Literary Prize for her debut novel The Waiting Room, discusses her new book, The Hollow Bones.

Tickets $5, which includes wine on arrival.


About the Author

Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, which starred on Booklist and is co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family. She holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (

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Leah Kaminsky

‘I remember you once told me about mockingbirds and their special talents for mimicry. They steal the songs from others, you said. I want to ask you this: how were our own songs stolen from us, the notes dispersed, while our faces were turned away?’

Berlin, 1936. Ernst Schäfer, a young, ambitious zoologist and keen hunter and collector, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the frozen mountains of Tibet. Their secret mission: to search for the origins of the Aryan race. Ernst has doubts initially, but soon seizes the opportunity to rise through the ranks of the Third Reich.

While Ernst prepares for the trip, he marries Herta, his childhood sweetheart. But Herta, a flautist who refuses to play from the songbook of womanhood and marriage under the Reich, grows increasingly suspicious of Ernst and his expedition.

When Ernst and his colleagues finally leave Germany in 1938, they realise the world has its eyes fixed on the horror they have left behind in their homeland.

A lyrical and poignant cautionary tale, The Hollow Bones brings to life one of the Nazi regime’s little-known villains through the eyes of the animals he destroyed and the wife he undermined in the name of science and cold ambition.

CONNAH BRECON: Monday 8 April

The Book Chook

Monday 8 April



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Join us for some school holiday fun with Connah Brecon – illustrator of The Book Chook and many other fantastic picture story books.

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Amelia McInerney & Connah Brecon

When Ray realises he is a drawing of a chicken he panics! Can he hatch a plan to get out of the book? Luckily, his plucky, clucky friend Janine is there to help. A hilarious tale of flying the coop and discovering home.

A funny, silly, story of finding out who you are, and learning to love who you are, and where you are even if you might have been a bit mistaken on the way.

WALLACE & HART: Monday 15 April

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Cowboy & Birdbrain

Monday 15 April


FREE EVENT, Bookings Essential

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Join us for some whacky school holiday fun – reading, writing, drawing, general silliness – with Adam and James – author/illustrator dynamic duo and creators of the new book series, Cowboy & Birdbrain.

This is a FREE EVENT, but as space is limited, bookings are essential.

Artists_illustration_AdamAbout Adam…

Adam Wallace was once an Engineer and then a Primary School teacher and tossed it all in to write children’s books. In the first year after leaving teaching he was shown approximately 17 engineering jobs and 15 teaching jobs by his supportive but worried parents, Jack and Gill.

Adam has since had 50 books published (it will be 50 by the end of the year, at least). He has had books on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists, and has also had books shortlisted for the KOALA, WAYRBA and CBCA Awards.

Adam has visited over 300 schools and libraries, and is very tired. It has proven an amazing way for him to be able to connect with his audience, though, being face to face in an increasingly online world. This has enabled Adam to build a strong following in schools around Victoria, with students and teachers alike.

Adam has worked with amazing illustrators such as James Hart, Heath McKenzie, Serena Geddes, Andy Elkerton and Garth Bruner.


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James Hart is an award winning Illustrator, Comic Artist and Avid Doodler who grew up loving comics, cartoons and drawing.

As a child, James was raised on a healthy balanced diet of comics, video games, cartoons, action figures and Lego. It wasn’t long before he realised that you could draw for a living and began his successful illustration journey in 2003. Since then, he has worked on many different projects from toy designs to book illustrations including work on the animated series of The Day my Butt went Psycho and the thrilling You Choose book series by George Ivanoff.

James has also worked on other popular book series with Tim Harris, illustrating his book series, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, as well as illustrating MacPark’s D-Bot Squad series and Cosentino’s The Mysterious World of Cosentino series.

In 2018 James illustrated the Premiers’ Reading Challenge posters in Victoria and is the official ambassador and illustrator for Scholastic’s National Family Reading Month 2019.


Cowboy & Birdbrain

Cowboy & Birdbrain
Adam Wallace & James Hart

Cowboy and Birdbrain are best friends who work for I.F.F.Y. delivery company, a company that do the riskiest, zaniest, most bizarre deliveries ever. They’re known for their F.A.R.T.S. (Fast and Reliable Tracking Service). Cowboy is the brains of the operation, and Birdbrain, well, he is a brain but he’s just not brain-y if you get the drift…

Anyway, this dubious duo are not the best or even second-best deliverers at IFFY DELIVERIES. They’re the WORST. But they’re also the funniest!

Join Cowboy and Birdbrain on their WACKY adventure, when their boss gives them the following job: URGENT DELIVERY! To: Ship in the Middle of the Ocean. WARNING: Do not get package wet!



AB BISHOP: Sunday 31 March

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in conversation with Angus Stewart

Sunday 31 March


FREE, Bookings Essential

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Suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, but there are practical ways to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our gardens. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife.

Join us to hear AB Bishop – horticulturalist, landscape designer, researcher and writer – in conversation with former Gardening Australia presenter and native gardening expert, Angus Stewart, about her new book Habitat. 

Learn how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, and understand how all aspects of the backyard  ecosystem are interlinked and important for creating a truly authentic and effective habitat.

This is a FREE EVENT, but as space is limited bookings are essential.

About AB Bishop

AB Bishop is a horticulturist, conservationist, writer and habitat consultant. She coauthored The Australian Native Garden with Angus Stewart, which won the 2016-17 Horticultural Media Association of Australia book award. She assisted Angus with writing Creating an Australian Garden and was a researcher for ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program for five years. She is a regular freelance writer for The Age newspaper and Gardening Australia magazine, and is a regular guest presenter (and occasional host) on Melbourne’s 3CR Community Radio Gardening Program.

AB lives in an environmental living zone in Victoria (her garden is featured in The Australian Native Garden) where native fauna and flora is protected. She has a strong passion for Australian plants and believes that gardens should be built as much for supporting wildlife as for our own enjoyment. She works part-time at Kuranga Native Nursery, where she’s in her element surrounded by thousands of plants and like-minded peers.


AB Bishop

In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those of us who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our garden. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife.

AB Bishop shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat.

This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife. A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.


J.P. POMARE: Thursday 28 February

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Call Me Evie

Thursday 28 February



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We’re delighted to welcome New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based J.P. Pomare to Mornington to discuss his book, Call Me Evie.  An incredible new literary thriller for readers of bestsellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train, Call Me Evie is his debut novel.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from an exciting new talent.

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Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he’s hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.

In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.

Jim says he’s keeping her safe. Evie’s not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

Pomare Josh 1 (cred. James Howarth) (cropped to square)About the Author:

J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife. Call Me Evie is his first novel.


HUGH MACKAY: Thursday 14 February

Australia Reimagined

Thursday 14 February
6.45pm for a 7pm start

St Macartan’s Parish Primary School
97 Bungower Rd

All proceeds to Peninsula Voice

Peninsula Voice and Farrells Bookshop proudly present esteemed social researcher, commentator and best selling author of Reinventing Australia, The Good Life and The Art of Belonging, Hugh Mackay.

In his latest book, Australia Reimagined, he takes an unflinching look at Australian society today and offers some compelling proposals for a less anxious, more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia.

Join us for an evening of interesting and intelligent discussion – for everyone who loves Australia and wants to make it a better place for us all.

Music students from Balcombe Grammar School will perform during arrival and a supper will be provided by CWA Mornington. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

Live Twitter reporting provided by Monash University.

Ticket proceeds to Peninsula Voice, a not-for-profit community organisation.  

With thanks to the St Macartan’s Parish Primary School Parents Group.


Australian ReimaginedAustralia Reimagined
Hugh Mackay

‘When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better.’

Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted – whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or ‘stuff’.

Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you’ll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head.

Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all.

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Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author. Australia Reimagined is his nineteenth book. His research career has spanned six decades, including 25 years as research director of The Mackay Report, publishing quarterly reports on all aspects of Australian life. Among many honorary appointments, he has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, the inaugural chair of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board, and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Australian universities. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.