Literary events to delight Brighton book lovers

It might be cold outside but winter is a good excuse to curl up with a book and celebrate literature in Bayside.

Bayside’s Words by the Bay is back and sure to excite Brighton’s book lovers. This year’s program features highly anticipated literary events, with many taking place at Brighton Library.

Strong communities and the arts thrive on ideas and discussion, and the literary arts are naturally a cornerstone of the Bayside Council’s library events calendar.

In its third year since replacing the Bayside Literary Festival, Words by the Bay is an opportunity for the Bayside community to celebrate words and ideas among friends, in the convenient setting of the local library.

Bayside Councillor Laurence Evans said the annual event included workshops, poetry classes, author events and other activities to celebrate literature.

At Brighton Library, the winter portion of Words by the Bay showcases key author events.

The next literary event features award winning Israeli-Australian writer, Lee Kofman. On August 20, Kofman will speak about her fourth book, a memoir titled The Dangerous Bride. Kofman will dissect her writing process and explore the genre of memoir, its difficulties and ethics.

The Dangerous Bride is a complex and intriguing exploration of non-monogamous relationships, love, migration, and relationships. Enjoy this rare chance to hear Lee discuss her book, which The Age reviewed as “poetic and self-assured”.

Interested in getting more from your local library? There are a host of informative, educational and fun events that are not to be missed. Here’s a taste of what’s happening at Brighton Library over the coming months:

  • August 20 – Lee Kofman presents her memoir The Dangerous Bride from 2pm – 3pm. Cost $5. Bookings essential, visit:
  • August 15 – Book Chats from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Chat with fellow readers about books you’ve read. Free, just turn up.
  • August 22 – Toddler Time for ages 18 months – 3 years from 10.30am. Free.
  • August 26 – Baby Rhyme Time for ages 0 – 18 months from 10.30am. Free.
  • September 7 – Facebook on your iPad or tablet: a two-hour workshop, from 10am – 12noon. Cost: $10. To book, visit:
  • October 12 – Solve your Family Tree Mysteries: a two-hour, interactive class. Free. To book, visit:
  • Various dates – Language and culture programs for children.


Brighton Library is located at 14 Wilson St, Brighton. Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 10am–8pm, Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 1pm–5pm. For more information, phone: (03) 9591 5900.