Event: Off the record

read_alert_event_32x32We have two upcoming events that you should definitely add to your calendar.

Off the Record is a look into the use of crime as a backdrop in youth literature.  Three Australian authors; Tim Pegler, Vikki Wakefield and Adrian Stirling have all used the darker elements of teen life to inform their characters journeys.  Steve Butcher (The Age) will be joining us for the evening session to discuss his coverage of the juvenile courts and see where fiction ends and reality begins.

Book now.

Off The Record evening session

Tuesday August 2 – 6.30-8pm

Village Roadshow Theatrette

$35 (for teachers – part of the Booktalkers subscription)

Booking information

Off The Record youth day

Wednesday August 3 – 9.30-11.35am and 12.30-2.35pm


$10 (for Years 8-11)

CANCELLED (now being held off site)


adrian stirlingAdrian Stirling

Adrian Stirling grew up around the Geelong area, studying literature and journalism at university and began writing while working as a secondary school teacher in Colac. He has written several short stories. Broken Glass, his first novel, was released in 2008 with his second novel (The Comet Box) released with Penguin last month.  We are also pleased to have Stirling as insideadog’s August writer in residence.


Vikki Wakefield

Vikki Wakefield hails from South Australia and All I Ever Wanted, her first novel, was released by Text last month.

Tim_Pegler_regularTim Pegler

Tim Pegler is an award-winning journalist and author.  His first novel for young adults, Game as Ned, was a CBCA notable book in 2008 and his sophomoric novel, Five Parts Dead was published by Text last year.

Steve_ButcherSteve Butcher

Steve Butcher started at The Sunday Age in 1995 and joined The Age in 1997. He covers each of Victoria’s three main criminal and civil courts, the major tribunals and he reports on general police and law matters.



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