July 2015

04 - 05 July


Join us as we celebrate the 2015 olive harvest with our Abundance Olive Festival.

A festival spirit pervades the atmosphere; with live music, an intimate, hand selected market, cooking demonstrations, martini bar, olive oil massage, kids activities and of course Montalto food, wine and hospitality.

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17 July


Steven Carroll has been shortlisted three times for the Miles Franklin Award and, in 2008, he won the award for The Time We Have Taken. Last year, Carroll was named joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for fiction for A World of Other People. Steven will discuss his latest book, his celebrated career and some of the recurring subjects in his work, including literature, romantic love and TS Eliot.

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17 July


Linda Jaivin full res (3)

Linda Jaivin is the author of five bestselling novels, including A Most Immoral Woman and the cult classic Eat Me. She’s also a renowned Chinese–English translator, and an essayist and journalist with unique insights into Chinese politics and culture.

The Empress Lover, Jaivin’s latest novel, intersperses the true story of Sir Edmund Backhouse – an eccentric baronet, Sinologist, arms salesman and fantasist – with the fictional life of Linnie, an Australian translator living in contemporary Beijing. In a work that contrasts the breezy observations of an expatriate with the darker perspectives of a local, Jaivin interrogates her longstanding relationship with China and explores how the nation has evolved over the post-Tiananmen period.

Jaivin will discuss the book, her unique perspectives working as a translator, and her other recent project: Beijing, a portrait of the city’s unique personalities and fascinating history.

What better way to discover (and toast) new Australian writing than over a meal and wine on the Mornington Peninsula?

In partnership with The Wheeler Centre, we transport a taste of the best Australian writing from the city to Red Hill. On the third Friday night of each month from March to November, you can enjoy all the elements of the very best dinner party: wonderful guests, good conversation and great food and wine. All you need to do is turn up.

Cost: $60 per person, inclusive of a shared table main meal and a great evening of conversation. 6.30 pm for 7 pm start. Book HERE