Sparks of Beauty in Literature



Great stories can be life-changing. They can feed your hungry mind and take your heart on a journey. Join us for the final Sparks of Beauty session for the year, where best-selling Australian author Michael McGirr takes us on a journey through stories—some ancient, some new—that have changed his life.
In dialogue with speakers from a variety of fields – art, science, music, literature, sport – the Sparks of Beauty series seeks to encourage a new imagining to Catholic spirituality in 21st century Australia. Previous Sparks of Beauty events > 

Date and Time

Tuesday 30 October 2018
6.30pm   Light refreshments
7.00pm   Program begins
8.30pm   Book signing


State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne 

Guest speaker

Michael McGirr is the dean of faith at St Kevin’s College, a large Edmund Rice school in Melbourne. He is the author of many books including Snooze: the Lost Art of Sleep (Text Publishing), Bypass: The Story of a Road (Picador), Things You Get for Free (Scribe) and Finding God’s Traces (Jesuit Communications). Michael has written fiction and non-fiction for numerous publications both in Australia and overseas, including The New York Times. He has reviewed almost one thousand books for The Age, the Sydney Morning HeraldThe Canberra Times and Australian Book Review. His latest work, Books That Saved My Life (Text Publishing) is about the sheer joy of living, exploring forty texts that can enrich us in all manner of ways. 

To book tickets 

Please RSVP by 23 October at
  • $30 per adult
  • $15 under 18s 
  • $100 for a group of five

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