Victoria in story, memory, and the imagination. A guide to stories and works about Victoria and Victorians in fiction, personal narratives and non fiction works.
Maxine Briggs, Koorie Liaison Librarian
Tim Hogan, Victorian & Australian Published Collections
Elizabeth Payne, Digital Resources Graduate
Residence of Joseph Furphy at Shepparton; H8833
When author Joseph Furphy returned to Shepparton from the Riverina, he lived in a house in Welsford Street, the back of which faced the River Goulburn. Here, in a small room at the front right of the picture he wrote his book Such is Life.
You can read more about the places where our writers lived, worked, drank and are buried in the Oxford Literary Guide to Australia.
Victoria is home to a burgeoning number of literary prizes and awards, including the following:
Founded in 2007, the Calibre Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new non-fiction essay.
Named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, the Davitt awards are presented annually by Sisters in Crime in recognition of the best crime books by Australian women.
The Dromkeen Medal is awarded annually to an Australian resident for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature.
Annual awards established to support the talent and creativity of unpublished writers living in Victoria.
The Melbourne prize for literature provides opportunities for Victorian writers, recognising and rewarding literary creativity, skill and contribution.
Annual awards celebrating the best of Australia's published crime fiction and true crime writing
An annual prize awarded by Readings bookstore to an outstanding new work of published fiction.
Annual awards established in 1985 to mark the centenary of the births of Vince & Nettie Palmer & to honour and reward literary achievement by Australian writers
To find out more about these awards, as well as other competitions and fellowships offered to Victorian writers, visit the Writers' Victoria website.
Victoria has a long and proud literary history. In 2008, Melbourne became only the second city in the world, after Edinburgh, to receive designation as a City of Literature within UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.
Use the tabs across the top of the page to find information about specific areas or browse the Melbourne poetry map - a series of eight poetry walks through the Melbourne central business district.
You can find more literary maps of Victoria in our Maps collection. The Library's map collection is held in storage and can be viewed by contacting Library staff to arrange an appointment in the Heritage Collections Reading Room.
Features extended interviews and major features from the Australian Book Review magazine, such as essays, reviews, and short stories, recorded and discussed by their authors.Each episode focuses on a different subject or author.
Bibliotherapy with State Library Victoria is a free, facilitated self-reflective approach, using stories and poems read aloud over a series of podcasts, to give everyone access to literature's healing power.
The Bookshelf is a Radio National podcast for dedicated readers and those who wished they read more.
Longform intimate conversations with writers, with a focus on discovering what has shaped their work and what drives them to tell their stories.
Reading recommendations and chatter about books we think you’ll love, hosted by Bern and Louise from Melbourne Library Service.
Catch up with Melbourne identities as they share what they would read on their desert island, hosted by Natalie Mason. From page-turners to poetry, guests reveal their reading habits, favourite books and a few surprises along the way. Guests well-known Melbourne writers such as Benjamin Law, Jane Harper, Robyn Annear and Marieke Hardy.
Hosted by authors Kate Mildenhall (Skylarking, The Mother Fault) and Katherine Collette (The Helpline), the First Time Podcast is part reality show, part writers’ master class – a podcast about the the first time you publish a book.
Alisa, Alex and Tansy bring you speculative fiction news, reading notes and chat from the galactic suburbs of Australia.
Recorded at State Library Victoria, The Garret: writers on writing podcast celebrates writers and writing, with in-depth interviews from Australia's most successful authors.
The Book Show brings you in-depth conversations with the best fiction writers from Australia and around the world.
Established in 2013 and redeveloped into an hour-long format in 2014, the Kill Your Darlings podcast features ‘interviews, readings and discussions about books, culture and the arts in Australia and beyond’.
Missed out on a session at this year's digital MWF? Want to relive a favourite Festival moment? You can now listen to new recordings from the 2020 festival on the MWF Digital podcast.
The re-readers is a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast based in Melbourne that has been described as Melbourne’s answer to the Slate Culture Gabfest
The Stella podcast hosts conversations about gender and literature, and celebrates Australian women's writing.
Hosted by Adele Walsh and Kelly Gardiner, Unladylike is a podcast about women and writing, featuring a rich array of women and non-binary writers, editors, publishers and bookish types, so you’ll hear new voices in every episode.
Join award-winning author Alexis Wright as she talks to some of Australia’s finest storytellers, including Nicholas Jose, Peter Carey, Melissa Lucashenko and Christos Tsiolkas, about catastrophe, resilience and hope.
The Library was thrilled to be partnering with Melbourne Writers' Festival (MWF) last year to become the new home of Australia’s favourite literary festival.
Sadly, the impact of the COVD-19 crisis made it impossible to proceed with events planned for this year's festival, and the Board of the MWF made the decision to transition to an online program in 2020.
The festival is over for now, but you can catch up on all the highlights with the MWF Digital podcast.
ASAL promotes the study, discussion, and creation of Australian writing. It also seeks to increase awareness of Australian writing in the wider community and throughout the world.
Explore Melbourne's unique literary culture and catch up with all the latest events in Melbourne's literary calendar on the website of the City of Literature Office.
The Melbourne Poetry Map is a series of eight poetry walks through the Melbourne central business district.
A literary and publishing centre founded as part of Melbourne's bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Opened in 2010, the centre is housed in the southern wing of the State Library of Victoria
For more than two decades, Writers Victoria has been a leading provider of information, resources and skills development for its members and the broader writing community.