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Lighthouse Literary Festival at Aireys Inlet: Robert Drewe

The Wheeler Centre undertakes its annual pilgrimage to the Lighthouse Literary Festival at Airey’s Inlet, to present a pair of literary legends by the sea.

Award-winning author Robert Drewe, whose most recent book Montebello is a sequel to his much-loved memoir The Shark Net, sits down with Michael Williams to explore how living by the ocean has informed his fiction.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre, our two Lighthouse Literary Festival sessions are available only to Festival Pass holders.


Portrait of Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is a former Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming , and was later appointed as Director in September 2011.

He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the AgeSydney Morning HeraldAustralian and elsewhere.

Portrait of Robert Drewe

Robert Drewe

Robert Drewe is an Australian literary legend whose more than 20 highly acclaimed books, including novels, short stories and memoirs have won state, national and international prizes, been widely translated, and been adapted for film, television, theatre and radio.