We're kicking off our inaugural Literary Weekend with a thrilling evening! An out-of-this-world event, guaranteed to take you places you may not previously have dared to go ... more information on these authors below.


Friday night, 8.30pm. 25 June 2021. Bookings absolutely essential.

DMETRI KAKMI is the author of Mother Land and The Door and Other Uncanny Tales. Living paintings, spectral children, cannibal serial killers, lost souls, haunted houses, and ancient evil proliferate The Door and Other Uncanny Tales. Everywhere reality and fantasy collapse to create a new unstable world, even the body is not what it seems. The Door is a psychological ghost story inspired by a painting by well-known Australian artist Shane Jones.

Photography: Berit Hampel of Enchanted Woods Photography

One tale, The Boy by the Gate is of particular interest to Port Fairy, as it’s based on an otherworldly encounter Dmetri experienced at the gates of the Port Fairy Anglican church. Local photographer Berit Hampel created a memorable image inspired by this story (pictured right). Combined with Dmetri Kakmi’s gothic imagination and mordant humor, The Door and Other Uncanny Tales is a collection that is as memorable as it is unsettling.


KATE HAZEL HALL released her debut YA novel, From Darkness, in November 2020 from Duet Books (Interlude Press, New York). Set in the Otways on the Australian coast, and in the classical underworld, From Darkness is a genre-bending sapphic love story about girls saving the world, and each other, from the powers of darkness. It has been selected as a young adult category finalist in Foreword Reviews' prestigious 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Kate is a university tutor who spends as much time as possible in or near the Southern Ocean. When not writing or in the water, she likes to sketch her settings and characters, because doodling, especially in the margins, is another excellent way of imagining and telling stories.

Photo of Kate, taken by Lyn Lea.

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