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Victor Steffensen


The Great De{Bay}te

There's no such thing as bad press.

Little Crumb's oven will be open 1 HOUR before each event.

IMPORTANT: if you've already bought tickets for either of our events OR do intend to buy some PLEASE BE ASSURED that you'll receive the FULL  REFUND of your ticket price if the event can't proceed or if COVID restrictions prevent you from arriving in The Bay.


All information regarding REFUNDS can be found at Eventbrite. Additional questions? info@apollobaywordfest.com

new date

OCTOBER 23rd | 11am




Saturday OCTOBER  23nd 

'Fire Country'


Mechanics Hall

Great Ocean Rd,

Apollo Bay


Doors open @ 11am



Apollo Bay WordFest + 2021 | July 23 24
Victor Steffensen: Fire Country

Our special WordFest event this year is with Victor Steffensen discussing his book Fire Country.


Victor is in conversation with Dr. Jack Pascoe (Yuin man, local CFA firefighter and environmental scientist with the Conservation Ecology Centre) and Doug Humann AM (Chair of Landcare Australia).


This critically important conversation with Victor discusses why Western fuel reduction practises are not serving us well, how we can better use fire across Australian landscapes and how Indigenous land management strategies can be used to protect and heal country.

"There's no such thing as bad press"

as bad 



There is



The Great              De{bay}te

October 23rd

Join us for our town’s rollicking, raucous and unrestrained voicing of opinions as we gather again under one roof for our much-loved and much-missed Community Debate.


Two teams of locals will dazzle and sway you through their arguments, debating the value or vicissitude of Free Press.   

Damian Carney will stand his ground as this year's moderator. He may be a bit green, but he's definitely a keeper: FOREshore!

Mechanics Hall

Great Ocean Rd,

Apollo Bay

Adult $10

U18  free

6pm   Doors open for Lil' Crumb & the WordFest BardBar.

7pm   Debate begins.

new date

On July 31 2021, Apollo Bay WordFest is hosting Victor Steffensen, 11am @ The Mechanics Hall, Apollo Bay.

You don't get into something to test the waters, you go into things             to make waves.                           

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Cowlick Bookshop - online & in store.

Cowlick Bookshop - online & in store.

We are proud this year to partner with Kris & Jordie from

Colac Cowlick Bookshop 

Available now, CowLick are stocking a vast selection of all our author's texts, offering FREE postage within 60km of Colac.


Being able to champion local & regional online bookstores is a bibliophile's nirvana.

CowLick in Colac: if you're looking to give some love to independent booksellers, order books penned by an Aussie author, or something published by a small Australian publishing house. Everybody wins.


Victor Steffensen

Kate Grenville

Mirandi Riwoe

Beth Wilson

Maria Lewis

Making Waves
POETRY & pies

If reading and writing are subversive acts, poetry & the spoken word can be our most elegant tools to convey emotion, horror, dissent, awareness, beauty and lived experience. 



As the rain drives sideways and wind gusts outside, Apollo Bay’s beloved Warm Winter Words invites you to find a cosy nook, & a warming cup for your hands, so you can settle back to listen to some of Australia’s finest authors discuss their books and craft.

 Lil Crumb are offering delicacies for you to Pre-Order & Pick Up.

A cosy corner, a quiet cuppa, slippers, & some wood on fire; highly recommended.

2021 brings you three marvellous conversations with women who are not shy of making waves. Whether it’s exploring missing voices and narratives in Australian history and writing in general, power imbalances between the sexes, the importance of mental health awareness and services, or discussing the V-word, our guests will definitely warm up your Winter’s afternoon:

Kate Grenville in conversation with Christie Thompson

Beth Wilson in conversation with Dr. Sally 'Feelgood' Cockburn.

Mirandi Riwoe in conversation w Kate Cuthbert.

MAKING WAVES: Girls Can't Surf
CANCELLATION option offered by the FanForce Ticketing platform:
We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion you may be facing with this event, post Lockdown 5.0.
As it's an externally provided event, it is mostly out of our control but we're working alongside Fanforce to ensure:

1.  a refund provided for those who request it.

2. a link for those who would still like to watch.

IMPORTANT: 1 ticket = 1 link.

WordFest pockets $2 for each ticket sold so it's not a massive fundraiser for us, but it was always about gathering together as a community more than an opportunity to increase our coffers. 

If you've bought 6 tickets, then by all means request 6 links.
If however you need only 1 link because 5 tickets need refunding, then that's fine too!

The intention was to screen Girls Can't Surf as the opening event for WordFest 2021 as it epitomises our theme of Making Waves perfectly. Ride & write on.

Questions? info@apollobaywordfest.com

It’s the 80s and the world of professional surfing is a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos.  


Girls Can’t Surf (Madman Films, 2020) follows the journey of a band of renegade surfers who took on the male-dominated professional surfing world to achieve equality and change the sport forever.

courtesy: Screen Hub Australia

Girls Can't Surf