Christine Grayden

Writing in Bass Coast


Greetings! Welcome to my website.

I am a writer who is extremely fortunate to live on Phillip Island (Bunurong Boonwurrung name Millowl), Victoria, Australia. Having been involved in the writing community here for decades, I am using this website to tell the world about my own writing, and the writing of other Bass Coast area writers. Hop on to the About page to find out more about me. Read on below to see news of writing and writers in Bass Coast, and visit my blog for my essays on a variety of local topics. I'll also be posting interviews with local writers there, link posted here.

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
― E. L. Doctorow

If you have stayed behind to brave the Phillip Island Millowl winter while your friends are basking
in the north Australian sun, fear not! Scroll down to see some great opportunities!
There's writing stimulation and author talks galore coming up through our community writing groups and the MyLi library service. Enough to keep anyone warm and invigorated all winter long.

Not just for adults either - there's several kids' writing sessions coming up in June and July.

Many of these activities are free or low-cost. Don't forget to book early though, as many of them can fill up fairly quickly.

Inverloch Writers Support Group - all welcome! Last Friday of every month.

Event Details - Meet with like-minded authors and creatives to discuss your writing, any issues or blockages and gain support from other authors on the last Friday of every month at Inverloch Library. Note: this is not a writing group and no writing prompts are given, this is a group for support and discussion surrounding the topic. For more information, go to:

Friday, 5 July 2024, 10 - 11 a.m.
Whale Tale Huddle with Letina Russell @ Phillip Island Library

Children from 7-14 will engage in Whale tales to connect with the gentle energy of these majestic, loving beings guided by Letina Russell

For more info and to book, go to here:

Ibis Writers will meet next on Tuesday 2.7.24 at the Education Room, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Veterans Drive, Newhaven. Turn at first left past Cape Woolamai/Phillip Island Tourist Rd roundabout. Start time 1 pm. All welcome!

Bass Coast Writers meet at the Inverloch Community House at the Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A'Beckett St, Inverloch, on Thursdays from 1 - 3 pm. Free. All welcome. Bring along your current writing, or just come along and get a feel for how the writing group operates.

Next meeting: Thursday 18 July, 2024.

Children's book launch at Wonthaggi Library, Saturday 6th July, 11 am - 12 noon.

It's exciting for any new author to launch a first book in any genre, but creating a children's book is a special challenge, so it will be good to see a brand new book launched locally. Congratulations Louise! Primary school aged children is the target audience for her debut book. How about taking your children along so they can experience a real book launch!

For more info and to book for this free event, go to

Saturday July 20, 2024, at 2 pm, Wonthaggi Library

Described as an author of "dark and twisty contemporary fiction", Kylie Orr will give a free author talk and have her books for sale at the event. For further info and to book, go here:

Advance Notice - Stay tuned for more information!

Advance Notice - Bookings open now!

Having participated in Jane Clifton's writing workshop recently and heard some of her poetry, I can assure you this will be an entertaining and enlightening night's performance - and not just for writers.
Jane Clifton: A Day At A Time In Rhyme - Sat 24 Aug | 7:30pm | Berninneit, Cowes - [Live Theatre]

A revealing, riveting performance where nothing is off limits as Jane reflects upon love and death and family, incontinence and wine, war and sex and Vegemite, footy, children, Christmas, Easter, and the best and worst of times while running the entire gamut of reflection, humour, tragedy, wit and whimsy.

To find out more and to book go to:

© Christine Grayden 2023