National Non-Fiction Festival to announce line-up

September 19, 2019 BY

Ash Grunwald will be one of the speakers at this year's Word For Word National Non-Fiction Festival.

The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival will be welcoming a selection of celebrated non-fiction authors to the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre in November.

The full 2019 program – with its world-renowned authors and intriguing personalities – will be officially announced tonight (Thursday, September 19) but organisers have released a few details ahead of the launch.

Investigative journalist Lucie Morris-Marr will be discussing her book Fallen – The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell.

Ms Morris-Marr was twice highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.

She was the first reporter to uncover the secret police investigation into Cardinal Pell and covered the case throughout.

Ms Morris-Marr will be joined at the festival by blues musician Ash Grunwald, who will be talking about his book Surf by Day, Jam by Night. 

The book looks at both surfing and music, and includes conversations with the likes of Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Jack Johnson and Pete Murray.

Also at the festival will be Neal Drinnan. His new book The Devil’s Grip: A true story of shame, sheep and shotguns is a mixture of true-crime, memoir and history lesson.

The book reveals a dramatic part of Geelong’s history, as it looks at the violent history of the Wettenhall family.

The festival will take place from November 15 to 17.

The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is sponsored by Times News Group.

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