Debut Mondays

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at The Moat

March: Melissa Keil, Michelle Dicinoski, Kathryn Ledson and Johannes Jakob

Our first ever event was a Debut Monday. Three years on, it’s still going strong, introducing new Australian talent each month.

Whether it’s meeting Australia’s latest wunderkind or hearing an unknown quantity strike a bold new path, Debut Mondays is your chance to discover your next favourite author.

You’ll meet a selection of new voices – from Victoria and beyond – each month, including a special guest in each session from Voiceworks magazine.

Pop down to The Moat, our resident cafe and bar, to grab a drink or a meal – and be nourished and entertained by the pick of our latest storytelling crop.

If you plan on making a night out of it, The MOAT offers a pre-event package from 5pm to 6pm: $20 for a meal and a glass of wine, or $15 for a pizza and a glass of wine or beer. Bookings essential; call (03) 9094 7820 or email

This month, we’ll hear from Melissa Keil, Michelle Dicinoski, Kathryn Ledson and Johannes Jakob.


Portrait of Melissa Keil

Melissa Keil

Melissa Keil is a writer and children’s editor. She has lived in Minnesota, London and the Middle East, and now resides in her hometown of Melbourne.

Her debut YA novel, Life in Outer Space was the inaugural winner of the Ampersand Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) and the Gold Inky awards.

She is the author of The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and The Secret Science of Magic, and her short story, 'Sundays', is featured in Begin, End, Begin, a #LoveOzYA collection.

Portrait of Michelle Dicinoski

Michelle Dicinoski

Michelle Dicinoski’s Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance describes her journey from Australia to Canada to marry her American partner, Heather. Along the way, she reflects on marriage, belonging, and secret histories.

Portrait of Kathryn Ledson

Kathryn Ledson

Kathryn Ledson spent about 25 years in the corporate arena, mostly as a senior personal assistant, and mostly in Melbourne. In 2006, she abandoned her corporate life and returned to school, completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. Since then, she’s operated as a freelance editor, concentrating her energies mostly on fiction projects with some corporate work thrown in.

Portrait of Johannes Jakob

Johannes Jakob

Johannes Jakob is the editor of The Victorian Writer and fiction editor at The Lifted Brow. He co-hosts the podcast JOMAD I Heard You Like Books?.

Debut Mondays

Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next.

Let Debut Mondays be your guide to the best of new local writing. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.


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