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 February to May. This year, you have the opportunity to hear from fantastic writers such as Liz Porter, Rosalie Ham, Matt Zurbo, Rachel Treasure, Steve Bell and Lia Hills.

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.

In 2017, 18 library services across regional Victoria will take part in the program.

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

Forthcoming events

West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation

Author: Rachael Treasure
Spend an afternoon with Rachael Treasure, Australia's leading rural writer, and hear the stories behind her bestselling books.
Wednesday 12 April, 2pm
Fish Creek Hotel (Oberon Room), 1 Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek

Latrobe City Libraries

Author: Rachael Treasure
Hear agricultural activist, feminine change-agent and literary pioneer Rachael Treasure speak about her love for the land and the written word.
Wednesday 12 April, 7pm
Moe Library, 1–29 George Street, Moe

Wellington Shire Libraries

Author: Rachael Treasure
Rachael's first novel, Jillaroo, woke the world up to contemporary women's stories beyond the city lights. Now she talks about her own life and living in the country today.
Thursday 13 April
2–3.30pm: Maffra Library, 150 Johnson Street, Maffra
6.30–8pm: Stratford Library, 70 Tyers Street, Stratford
Bookings: email library@wellington.vic.gov.au

High Country Library Network

Author: Rachael Treasure
Hear how bestselling rural novelist Rachael Treasure rediscovered her love of the land, as she speaks about her recent memoir, Down the dirt roads.
Tuesday 18 April
2pm: Bright Library, 14 Ireland Street, Bright
6.30pm: Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street, Wangaratta

Wodonga Library

 Author: Rachael Treasure
Enjoy lunch while listening to Australian author Rachael Treasure, known for her stories of country life, including the bestselling novels The rouseabout and Jillaroo.
Wednesday 19 April, 12.30–1.30pm
Wodonga Library, 126 Hovell Street, Wodonga

Goulburn Valley Libraries

Author: Rachael Treasure
Join bestselling author Rachael Treasure, pioneer of the contemporary rural women's fiction genre, for a talk about her books and writing.
Wednesday 19 April, 7pm
Cobram Library, 14 Punt Road, Cobram

Glenelg Libraries

Author: Rosalie Ham
Join Rosalie Ham, author of The dressmaker, the bestselling Australian novel that inspired the blockbuster movie starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.
Saturday 22 April
10am: Casterton Library, 67 Henty Street, Casterton
2pm: Portland Library, 32 Bentinck Street, Portland

Wimmera Regional Library Corporation

Author: Liz Porter
Hear Liz Porter reveal the realities behind shows such as CSI, and how real-life detectives and forensic investigators use forensic science to solve crimes.
Wednesday 3 May
10–11am: Kaniva Library, 25 Baker Street, Kaniva
3–4pm: St Arnaud Library, Market Square, Rear 40 Napier Street, St Arnaud

Mitchell Shire Library Service 

Author: Lia Hills           
Acclaimed author and poet Lia Hills will be hosting a poetry workshop, followed by an author talk regarding her new book The crying place.
Thursday 4 May, 5.30–8pm
Wallan Library, 9/81–99 High Street, Wallan
Bookings: email tanya.begley@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au 

Moorabool Shire Libraries

Authors: Jane Harper and Alec Patric
Celebrate storytelling at the Festival of Stories with authors Jane Harper and Alec Patric.
Saturday 20 May, 10am–4.30pm
Lerderderg Library, 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh

Gannawarra Library Service & Swan Hill Library Service

Author: Rosalie Ham    
Join author Rosalie Ham, who has sold over 150,000 copies in Australia and internationally, including The dressmaker, Summer at Mount Hope and There should be more dancing.
Thursday 22 June
2.30–3.30pm: Swan Hill Library, 53 Campbell Street, Swan Hill
7–8pm: Sir John Gorton Library, cnr Shadforth Street & Murray Valley Highway, Kerang