The Bookshop hosts regular events.

Bookings for events can be made at The Bookshop or (for most ticketed events) at

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Upcoming events


Friday, 8 February 2019

Colour Masterclass for the Senses

David Coles, master paint-maker and author of Chromatopia, Lucy Borland, fragrance stylist, and Shelter Shed's Donnie Grigau will take your senses on a journey around the colour wheel.

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour reveals the origin stories of 50 extraordinary pigments - from chalk white to vantablack (the darkest material on the planet) - and much more. It's a tour de force of writing, photography and design. It's simply the most extraordinary book about colour you will ever read.

Only limited tickets are available.

Book now for a fabulous evening presented by Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop in collaboration with Homebody Orchard and The Bookshop at Queenscliff.

Colour Masterclass for the Senses










Thursday, 21 February 2019

Fusion with Kate Richards

6.30pm at Uniting Queenscliff

The Bookshop at Queenscliff is delighted to host author Kate Richards at an event celebrating her debut novel Fusion.

Forever entwined, Sea and Serene live isolated in the Australian alpine wilderness with Wren, the young man who helps care for them. Each have found peace in this wild, fierce landscape, and they live in harmony, largely self-sufficient.

One day Wren discovers a woman on the road nearby, badly injured and unconscious. He brings her back to the cottage, and he and the twins nurse her back to health. But the arrival of this outsider shatters the dynamic within, with unforeseen consequences.

Lyrical and poetic, Fusion is a unique and haunting modern-gothic tale that has at its heart questions of selfhood, dependency, difference and love. It is the compelling first novel by the award-winning author of Madness: A Memoir.

Fusion is published in February 2019 by Penguin Books Australia.

Tickets $12 (including a glass of wine or sparkling water on arrival) available at The Bookshop and


Kate Richards










Some of our past events


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Ruby J. Murray

Hear Ruby J. Murray talk about her stunning new novel The Biographer's Lover

A young writer is hired to put together the life of an unknown artist from Geelong. It's no ordinary commission, and Edna Cranmer is no ordinary artist.

The Biographer's Lover explores the way we celebrate art and artists - and reminds us that all memory is an act of curation.

Ruby J. Murray is a writer and journalist who has been published in The AgeMeanjinThe Saturday Paper, Griffith ReviewTime Out and Dumbo Feather. Her debut novel, Running Dogs, was shortlisted in the new writing category in the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

The Biographer's Lover was published by Black Inc. on 30 July 2018. 

All tickets to this event include a glass of wine or sparkling water.

$12 tickets available at and The Bookshop.

The Biographer's Lover




Saturday, 11 August 2018

Love Your Bookshop Day 

Love Your Bookshop Day 2018

Join us in Queenscliff on Saturday, 11 August, to celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day 2018.

We'll be celebrating local authors this year.

We'd like you to join their ranks by entering our Very Short Story Competition.

Tell us a story in up to 100 words about "a good dog".

$30 book vouchers will be awarded to the best 

junior (under 16) and adult (16 and over) storytellers. 

Entries close at midnight on Thursday, 9 August 2018.

Email your entry to

Winners will be announced on Love Your Bookshop Day.



Saturday, 14 July 2018

Story Time with Heather Gallagher

11.00am at The Bookshop

Join author Heather Gallagher for Story Time during the winter school holidays.

Heather will read her new book "Scaredy Cat" - a rhyming tale about a girl and her four-legged friend that demands to be re-read (and read again).

A free event, but RSVPs appreciated:



Friday, 6 July 2018

A Literary Trivia Night

Supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Prizes include signed books and book vouchers

$10 tickets available from The Bookshop 03 5258 4496

Literary Trivia Night 



Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Barry Hill and Don Watson: Essayists on the Essay


Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Join two of Australia's pre-eminent essayists in Geelong for a lively conversation about the essay - and more. 

Barry Hill is a poet, historian, biographer, journalist, librettist and critic. A collection of his essays - Reason and Lovelessness - was published by Monash University Publishing in March 2018.

Don Watson is a speechwriter, historian, biographer and screenwriter. A collection of his essays - There it is again - was published by Penguin Books Australia in November 2017.

This is a free event hosted by Geelong Regional Libraries.

The discussion will be facilitated by Mathew Jose from The Bookshop at Queenscliff.

Hill and Watson essay collections




Sunday, 4 February 2018

Meet Stephanie Parkyn

Stephanie Parkyn - Into the World

Meet Stephanie Parkyn in store to chat about her historical novel 'Into the World' and have your copy signed by the author. 


The Bookshop, 30 Hesse Street, Queenscliff




Sunday, 3 December 2017

Whiteley on Trial with Gabriella Coslovich

in conversation with Roxie Bennett

Whiteley on Trial with Gabriella Coslovich


Salt Contemporary Art, 33 Hesse Street, Queenscliff

$20 including a glass of wine and a $10 book voucher 


Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Glass Soldier with Don Farrands

The Glass Soldier with Don Farrands
















Uniting Church Queenscliff, corner Hesse and Stokes Streets, Queenscliff

$12 including a glass of wine 





Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Bookshop Tour by Bill

The Bookshop Tour by Bill - tour program


The Bookshop, 30 Hesse Street, Queenscliff

A free event. No bookings required.



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Launch of The Swan Island Connection

Garry Spry, President of the Queenscliffe Historical Museum will launch Dorothy Johnston's The Swan Island Connection, the second book in Dorothy's sea-change mystery series set in Queenscliff.


Queenscliff Brewhouse, 2 Gellibrand Street, Queenscliff



Sunday, 1 October 2017

Advance Australia Where? with Michael Cooney

Join us for a special event with Michael Cooney, National Director of the Australian Republic Movement.

It has been almost 20 years since the Republic referendum failed, the Opposition has committed to hold a plebiscite on a Republic should it win office, and there's growing disquiet with 26 January as our national day.

In short, there has never been a more important time to hear from the National Director of the Australian Republic Movement.

Michael will make the case for an Australian Republic, quash some myths (we're pretty sure he'll confirm Queenscliff won't have to undergo a name change) and answer questions about the road ahead.

Republicans, monarchists and the undecided are all invited.


Salt Lounge (upstairs at Salt Contemporary Art), 30 Hesse Street, Queenscliff.



15 July 2017

Who in their right mind would be a politician?

Presented by Meanjin and The Bookshop at Queenscliff

Featuring Meanjin editor Jonathan Green and Guardian Australia politics editor Katharine Murphy

Join a discussion about how our political culture affects participants and what it means for the rest of us.


Uniting Church Queenscliff, corner Hesse and Stokes Streets, Queenscliff

$12 entry includes a glass or wine or sparkling water on arrival



8 July 2017

Reflections on Orwell with Dennis Glover

Hear Dennis Glover, author of The Last Man in Europe, reflect on the life and writing of George Orwell.

Glover's novel is published by Black Inc in July 2017. It will change the way we understand Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.


Uniting Church Queenscliff, corner Hesse and Stokes Streets, Queenscliff

$12 entry includes a glass or wine or sparkling water on arrival