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Our Author talks and Book launches

Forthcoming talks

Books continue to broaden our horizons and enrich our imaginations. Here at the Occasional we love sharing stories and pondering the great joys and mysteries of life. Our reading list is designed to showcase authors reflecting upon aspects of our modern culture, with a very strong focus on Australian writers. We especially like those authors who write about regional and rural Australian life.

Since our beginning in February 2021, and even with the challenges and closures of Covid-caused lockdowns, we have been lucky enough to host numerous author talks, and will continue to do so. We advertise these talks through our mailing list and usually sell out through this. If you wish to be added to our list, please email us or contact us by social media. This will also give you advance warning of our upcoming superb events.

By the middle of April 2023 we have hosted 14 different authors and on July 14 and 15 hosted the inaugural Boorowa Literary Festival, featuring Iain Payten, Hayley Scrivenor, James McKenzie Watson and Ashley Kalagian Blunt. It was a great success! We will have another one next year so watch this space..

Forthcoming author talks


Kate Mildenhall published her third novel in earl August. Entitled The Hummingbird Effect, it weaves together time and place through the lives of four stories, a little reminiscent of the technique used in Cloud Atlas by David Mtichell. The Hummingbird Effect ranges from Footscray in the 1930s through the near present to future worlds of AI and environmental devastation. While the subject matter is obviously thought-provoking it is also an engaging read, full of strong and important characters.

Kate is beloved by the writing community and we are delighted that we are able to be squeezed in, between literary festivals such as Write Around the Murray. It is for this reason we are trying a first for us, staging this talk on a Monday evening, but we hope people are able to come along all the same.

Books available at the bar.

Please book tickets here.


An evening conversation with Pamela Cook and Penelope Janu, two of the authors featured in A Country Vet Christmas. This is a collection of heart-warming stories, vets, love and small town Christmas charm.

6pm for 630pm start. Tickets available here.


Chris Hammer returns to popular acclaim, talking about his latest novel, Cover The Bones, out in October.

We are delighted to welcome Chris back once more for great conversation about great writing.

Tickets here.

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Linda Jaivin
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Michael Brissenden
Matthew Spencer
Gabrielle Chan
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