head shot of a balding man, looking directly at the camera.

The speaker…

Tony Wilson appreciates a fiction editor who can ‘fix everything’, and a children’s book editor ‘who can count syllables’ (and fix everything)!

Join us at the Gala Dinner on 9 May and treat yourself to an unforgettable night with the delightfully funny and erudite Tony Wilson – author, broadcaster, television presenter and all-round entertainer. If you enjoy hearing authors’ stories about their editors, you will love this.

The venue: Mural Hall (Myer Melbourne)

Originally designed by Sidney Myer for private fashion parades and other exclusive events, the Art Deco-style Mural Hall is a hidden treasure in Melbourne. It’s a stunning room, named for the 10 beautifully painted murals by renowned artist Napier Waller (1893–1972).

The event: Gala Dinner

The conference’s Gala Dinner is so named for a very good reason. Join us for the Australian editor’s night of nights, and find out for yourself. There may even be a prize in it for the most creative guess …

We will start with drinks and canapés upon arrival, followed by a magnificent menu designed especially for us by a team of talented chefs at the top of their game. But while the dinner will be a set menu, the rest of the night will a veritable degustation highlighting the ‘La’ in ‘Gala’.

Register now for the Gala Dinner.

About Tony Wilson

Tony encountered his first editor in the offices of Farrago in 1992. They knew nothing about football; Tony was at Hawthorn, and they gave him the job of putting what he knew into print. It was a serendipitous opportunity. Pretty soon, Hawthorn no longer wanted his services, and putting things into words would become his life; first as the winner of Race Around the World (1998, ABCTV), later as a columnist and features writer for The Age, and then as a writer of novels, memoir and children’s books.

Tony has now written 20 books, and has amassed a wide experience of editors across genres and target audiences. His best-known books are Players, The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, Australia United, and Harry Highpants. His next picture book is Baa Baa Blue Sheep (Scholastic, due 1 June) and Tony and Bob Murphy have co-authored A Boy Called Boy Becomes an AFL Footballer
(Black Inc, due 1 July).

Tony loves speeches, and three years ago started the Speakola website, which features great speeches, famous or otherwise.