The Fix – Australian tour details

So, after much talk from me and much work from the teams at Random House Australia and Get Reading!, here are the actual details of my travels around this wide brownish land with The Fix.


Please come. Remember, this book already has two stickers telling you how great it is (and only one of them’s from my publisher).


Thursday 28 July BRISBANE – LAUNCH

6.00pm Avid Reader 193 Boundary Street West End, Brisbane

Free event. To book, please email by 20th July.


Monday 1 August – SYDNEY

6.30pm Hurstville Library, Cnr Queens Rd & Dora Streets, Hurstville

This is a free event, though bookings are essential. To book, please call 02 9330 6142.


Tuesday 2 August – KIAMA

6.30pm Kiama Library, 7 Railway Parade, Kiama

This is a free event. To book, please call 02 4233 1133.


Wednesday 3 August – MELBOURNE

6.30pm Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton

This is a free event, though bookings are essential. To book, please, please call 03 9347 6633.


Thursday 4 August – GEELONG

7.30pm Morrow Theatre, Geelong Library, 49 Little Malop Street

This is a free event, though bookings are essential. To book, please call 02 5222 1212.


Monday 8 August – MAROOCHYDORE

A&R Maroochydore Literary Lunch

12 midday Ebb Waterfront Dining Cellar, 6 Wharf Street, Maroochydore

Cost is $45 for two courses and wine/beer. To book, please call 07 5475 7272.


Monday 8 August – MALENY

6pm Rosetta Books 30 Maple Street, Maleny

Cost is $10 and includes nibbles and drinks. To book, please call 07 5435 2134 or email


Tuesday 9 August – BRISBANE (BULIMBA)

6.30pm Riverbend 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Cost is $10 per person and bookings are essential. To book, please call 07 3899 8555.


Wednesday 10 August – BRISBANE (INDOOROOPILLY)

Literary Morning Tea

10.30pm Indooroopilly Library, Level 4 Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Road

This is a free event. To book, please call 07 3407 0009.


Wednesday 10 August – SOUTHPORT

Love That Book event

6.30pm Southport Branch Library, Cnr Lawson and Garden Streets

This is a free event. To book, please call 07 5581 7200


And then a mid-tour interlude to appear with the Southern Cross Soloists at the Bangalow Music Festival on 13 August, followed by …


Tuesday 16 August – ADELAIDE

Booked at Unley

7.30pm Marion Cultural Centre, Domain Theatre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park

This is a free event. To book, please call 08 8375 6855


Wednesday 17 August – MILLICENT

1.00pm Millicent Library, Gallery Ridge Tce, Millicent

This is a free event. To book, please call 08 8733 0903


Wednesday 17 August – MT GAMBIER

7.00pm Mt Gambier Library, 6 Watson Terrace, Mt Gambier

Cost is a gold coin donation with supper provided. Bookings are essential on 08 8721 2540.


Thursday 18 August – MARGARET RIVER

6.30pm Margaret River Bookshop, 109 Bussell Highway

This is a free event. To book, please call 08 9757 3331


Friday 19 August – MANDURAH

1.00pm Mandurah Library, 331 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah

This is a free event. To book, please call 08 9550 3650.


Friday 19 August – PERTH

6.00pm Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

This is a free event. To book, please call 08 9237 9300 or email


Wednesday 24 August – BRISBANE (CLEVELAND)

A&R Victoria Point Literary Lunch

11.45am Grand View Hotel, 49 North Street, Cleveland

Cost is $35 for two courses and wine/beer. To book, please call 07 3286 1002.


Then on to Melbourne Writers Festival for:

Saturday 27 August

1.00pm Big Shorts (ACMI Cinema 1 Federation Sqaure Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets)

8.00pm Stories Unbound (Toff in Town 252 Swanston Street )


Sunday 28 August

2.00pm The Art of Novels (seminar) (Wheeler Centre Performing Space 176 Little Lonsdale Street )


Monday 29 August

10.00am Why I Read (BMW Edge Cnr Swanston and Flinders Sts )

11.15am Meet Nick Earls (ACMI Cinema 1 Federation Square Melbourne )


For MWF bookings please go to


With some early September events TBA …

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11 Responses to The Fix – Australian tour details

  1. Quokka says:

    Why Millicent, when the wineries are in Penola?

    • Nick Earls says:

      Because the toilet paper’s in Millicent, for at least as long as its tissue mill holds out against dumping. I can do wine regions any day, but how often can I do a toilet paper region?

  2. Quokka says:

    Oh dear.
    And now I can only think of smart arse responses which would skid off JB’s hide but may leave some unsightly skid marks on yours.

  3. Wow in spite of you covering nearly every nook and cranny, I’m still struggling with times and suitable locations to make it. Spoilt for choice although a toilet paper region to boot does sound alluring. We’ll see…

    • nickearls says:

      Dammit, I specifically told them it had to be the total “Nor Read Left Behind’ nook and cranny tour. I’m hoping we can give everyone at the Millicent event a free 6-pack of their excellent triple-ply. Can’t promise anything yet though.

      • Nick Earls says:

        OK, that was meant to say ‘no reader’ rather than ‘nor read’. My excuse is I was on the brink of gastro exactly then.

  4. I’m laughing out loud and that’s not something I normally associate with a 3 ply product.

  5. Jenny says:

    Where’s Wellington?

    • nickearls says:

      Don’t get me started. There was a time when I routinely asked Australian publishers buying Australian AND NZ rights what their NZ plans were, and they always looked at me oddly. My understanding – and I may be wrong – is that there are two possible strategies for an Australian book in NZ:

      (i) The boss of the company in NZ reads the book and thinks, ‘Hey, maybe we’ll sell a few of those …’ and they send copies out for review, talk to festivals about the author, etc, or

      (ii) The boss of the company in NZ doesn’t think that, we send a boxful, and hope one of the copies in it ends up in your hands.

      I realise there are millions of you. I would like to sell every one of you a copy of every book I write, but my arms don’t seem to be long enough.

      On the other hand, maybe right now, people in publishing on both sides of the Tasman are working frantically to make this book a massive hit over your way, and it’s just that no one’s told me yet.

      Mostly, in the end, I have to be grateful I’m as lucky as I am. Plenty of Australian book tours take in Sydney, Melbourne and three phone calls to the parts recently referred to on ABC News 24 as ‘the outlying states’ (ie, the places where at least half the population lives). Five states is rare (anyone in Tassie, ACT or NT should feel free to speak up now …).

      • Jenny OBrien says:

        Well, I think I possibly got you started anyway! It certainly is great that you have so many places willing to have you. I hope it goes really well. To relieve stress of you not coming here with book in hand, I’m reading all your other books (well, the ones I managed to get hold of). And based on what you say, I think I understand why it’s so hard to even try to find one of your books over here (apart from the one I found in our roof that time, looking for the Braille machine…). So even less chance of finding you here, sadly. I’ll have to speak to people in publishing… or you will have to get longer arms. I quite like the imagery of that. Nick Earls unfurls

  6. Thanks Nick for a fun and informative literary morning tea at the Indro Library last week. Really enjoyed it 🙂 Cheers, elle

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