Prestigious Festival guests face off in a debate that has long divided us: is the book better than the ball? Lovers of AFL including Shelley Ware (from cult footy show Marngrook) and David Lawrence argue in favour of the book, while the likes of authors Anita Heiss and Graeme Simsion are ardent supporters of the ball. Audience participation is encouraged at this special Festival event which features auctions, raffles, and a performance by Play School’s Justine Clarke, all held in The Hemingway Bar. Hosted by the Epic Good Foundation as a fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

David Lawrence (Australian)

David Lawrence is a comedy writer who accidentally became a childrenÕs author in 2008. He has written for numerous TV shows including Hamish & Andy, Comedy Inc. and TalkinÕ About Your Generation. His books, including the much loved Fox Swift series, have sporting themes and use humour to tackle issues such as bullying and racism in schools. David still hopes to play AFL football and win a Brownlow Medal... but at age 52, itÕs going to be tough.

Justine Clarke (Australian)

Justine Clarke is a stage and screen actor, bestselling childrenÕs musician and an author. She has starred in some of AustraliaÕs most iconic productions over the last 17 years, including as a presenter on Play School. Justine has released four extremely successful CD/DVDs of original childrenÕs songs. She has been touring the country bringing her unique brand of music to her young fans and their families for more than 10 years. Ê

Shelley Ware (Australian)

Cathie Reid (Australian)