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Discuss books, expand your knowledge and interact with exceptional authors with our Literary Series.

Each event ticket includes Prosecco or Bellini on arrival followed by a 2 course meal alongside a lively discussion and Q&A session.

Our 2024 Literary Series full calendar is being finalised, however the below events are now available for bookings:

Wednesday 10th April | Dinner – Rosie BattyHope

Join us at Pilu at Freshwater for dinner as Scott Whitmont is in conversation with Rosie Batty regarding her latest book Hope.

Following on from her runaway best-seller A Mother’s Story, which detailed the lead up to her son’s murder, Hope shares what happened to Rosie the day after the worst day of her life and how she reclaimed hope when all hope was lost. She shares her struggles with anxiety, PTSD, self-doubt and self-loathing and how she finally confronted her grief. She shares the stories of those who have inspired her to keep going, and given her hope when she needed it most. In this heartfelt, and at times heartbreaking memoir, Rosie tells how she found the light on her darkest days and how she found hope to carry on.

In an incident that shocked Australia, Rosie Batty’s 11-year-old son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014. Greg Anderson murdered Luke Batty at cricket training and was then himself shot by police. Rosie has since become a passionate campaigner on the issue of family violence. She won the Pride of Australia Award in 2014, and was named Australian of the Year in January 2015.

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Wednesday 17th April | Dinner – Heather MorrisSisters under the Rising Sun

Join us at Pilu at Freshwater for dinner as Scott Whitmont is in conversation with Heather Morris regarding her latest book Sisters Under the Rising Sun.

The captivating new novel from the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka’s Journey and Three Sisters. Sisters under the Rising Sun is a story of women in war: a novel of resilience, bravery and friendship in the darkest of circumstances.

Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Lale’s story formed the basis for The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the follow-up novel, Cilka’s Journey. In 2021 she published the phenomenal conclusion to the Tattooist trilogy, Three Sisters, after being asked to tell the story of three Holocaust survivors who knew Lale from their time in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Together, her novels have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. In 2020 she published Stories of Hope, her account of her journey to writing the story of Lale Sokolov’s life.

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