High Road to Reading

High Road to Reading brings authors to public libraries across regional Victoria for readings, talks and workshops. Whatever your reading passion, you'll find an event to entertain and inspire you.

The program features a series of author tours from March to May. This year, you have the opportunity to hear from fantastic writers such as Alice Pung, Rosalie Ham, Mark Brandi and Alex Hammond.

High Road to Reading is part of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects for Adult literacy delivered by State Library Victoria in partnership with Public Libraries Victoria Network. This adult reader development program is underpinned by the Reading and Literacy Strategic Framework.

Bookings are essential: contact your local participating library service for more information or to make a booking.

Forthcoming events

Mildura Rural City Council Library Service

Author: Alex Hammond
Join critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Alex Hammond, the author of two gripping, fast-paced legal thrillers set in Melbourne: Blood witness and The unbroken line.
Thursday 26 April
Workshop:
2.30–3.30pm: Merbein Library, Main Avenue North, Merbein
4–5pm: Mildura Library, 180–190 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Author talk:
7.30–8.30pm: Mildura Library, 180–190 Deakin Avenue, Mildura

Gannawarra and Swan Hill Library Service

Author: Roland Perry
Hear from Roland Perry, an award-winning Melbourne-based author who has published books in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history, sport and fiction.
Monday 7 May
2.30–3.30pm: Swan Hill Library, 53 Campbell Street, Swan Hill
7–8pm: Sir John Gorton Library, cnr Shadforth Street and Murray Valley Highway, Kerang

Greater Hamilton Library

Author: Mark Brandi
Join author Mark Brandi as he discusses the inspiration for his unforgettable debut crime novel, Wimmera, set against the backdrop of Victoria's far-west region.
Tuesday 15 May
Writing workshop: 2–3.30pm
Author talk: 5.45–6.45pm
Greater Hamilton Library, 105 Brown Street, Hamilton

Wimmera Regional Library Corporation

Author: Alex Hammond
Critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Alex Hammond is the author of two gripping, fast-paced legal thrillers set in Melbourne: Blood witness and The unbroken line.
Thursday 17 May
2–3.30pm:
Warracknabeal Library, 36 Lyle Street, Warracknabeal
Friday 18 May
10.30am–noon:
Nhill Library, 5 Clarence Street, Nhill

Murrindindi Library Service

Author: Mark Brandi
Mark won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger for his debut novel, Wimmera, the story of a small town with big secrets.
Monday 21 May
2–3pm: Eildon Community Centre, 2 Centre Avenue, Eildon
4.30–5.30pm: Strath Creek Community Hall, 10 Ferguson Street, Strath Creek
7–8pm: Toolangi Community House, 1715 Healesville–Kinglake Road, Toolangi

Goulburn Valley Libraries

Authors: Graham Simsion and Anne Buist
Graham Simsion is the author of The Rosie project, which has sold over three million copies. Professor Anne Buist has over 25 years' clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry and has written several novels. The two authors are married and recently collaborated on the book Two steps forward.
Wednesday 23 May
3–5pm: Nagambie Library, 352 High Street, Nagambie
7–9pm: Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

Corangamite Regional Valley Library Corporation

Author: Mark Brandi
Join author Mark Brandi as he discusses the inspiration for his unforgettable debut crime novel, Wimmera, set against the backdrop of Victoria's far-west region.
Thursday 24 May
2–3pm: Colac Library, 173 Queen Street, Colac
4–5pm: Camperdown Library. 212 Manifold Street, Camperdown
7–8pm: Warrnambool Library, 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool

West Gippsland Libraries

Author: Janelle McCulloch
Janelle McCulloch is a journalist, editor and author who has been published in Vogue living and Sunday life magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald and  Age newspapers.
Monday 4 June
2–3.30pm: Warragul Library, 2/65 Victoria Street, Warragul

High Country Library Network

Authors: Graham Simsion & Anne Buist
Graham Simsion is the author of The Rosie project, which has sold over three million copies. Professor Anne Buist has over 25 years' clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry and has written several novels. The two authors are married and recently collaborated on the book Two steps forward.
Tuesday 12 June
2–3pm: Mansfield Library, Collopy Street, Mansfield
6.30–7.30pm: Benalla Library, 2 Fawkner Drive, Benalla

Goldfields Library Corporation

Author: Mark Brandi
Join author Mark Brandi as he discusses the inspiration for his unforgettable debut crime novel, Wimmera, set against the backdrop of Victoria's far-west region.
Thursday 21 June
2–3pm: Gisborne Library, Hamilton Street, Gisborne
Friday 22 June
10am–noon: Wedderburn Library Agency, Community Centre, 24 Wilson Street, Wedderburn
2–3pm: Heathcote Library, 125 High Street, Heathcote
5.30–6.30pm: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo