Prestigious Festival guests face off in a debate that has long divided us: is the book better than the ball? Lovers of AFL including Shelley Ware (from cult footy show Marngrook) and David Lawrence argue in favour of the book, while the likes of authors Anita Heiss and Graeme Simsion are ardent supporters of the ball. Audience participation is encouraged at this special Festival event which features auctions, raffles, and a performance by Play School’s Justine Clarke, all held in The Hemingway Bar. Hosted by the Epic Good Foundation as a fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Graeme Simsion (Australian)

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At the age of fifty, Graeme Simsion enrolled in a course in screenwriting at RMIT. It took him five years to work out that most movies were adaptations of bestselling novels. So he reverse-adapted his screenplay as a novel. The Rosie Project was ABIA book of the year in 2014. He followed with three more international bestsellers: The Rosie Effect, The Best of Adam Sharp and Two Steps Forward (with Anne Buist). His latest book is The Rosie Result.