Launches and appearances

(The following list is a work-in-progress and will be regularly updated. If I’m not already coming to your city / town / hamlet, drop me a line: Maybe we can work something out : )


Saturday 1 June & Sunday 2 June: MELBOURNE
Tom Doig at the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Thursday 13 June: AUCKLAND

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Timeout Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Village
6pm – 7:30pm
With plenty of zangin’ Moron videos by the Auckland-based video maestro Puck Murphy of Perceptual Engineering

Most of June: hitting the road with Tama Pugsley for an Auckland to Wellington Book Bike Tour!

… after Auckland, the plan is to hit the road on a borrowed mountain bike and visit:

  • Hamilton (Saturday 15 June)
  • Taupo (Sunday 16 June)
  • Taihape (Monday 17 June)
  • Palmerston North (Tuesday 18 June)

(Sing out if you’d like a visit, especially if you live close-ish to State Highway 1!)

On our way to…

Friday 21 June: WELLINGTON

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vicbooks Kelburn, 1 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn
Launched by the one and only Lukasz Buda, raconteur and musician in The Phoenix Foundation (!)


(catching up on sleep; cheerleading for Laura Jean McKay as she launches her book Holiday in Cambodia)


1-4 August: BYRON BAY
Moron to Moron at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival!

22 August – 1 September: MELBOURNE
Moron to Moron at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival

  • Wednesday 28 August: “Travels in Dark Lands” (in conversation with Tony Wheeler about his new book) 
  • Thursday 29 August: “Have Bike, Will Travel” (bicycle-themed slide night with Bike Snob NYC, Bridie O’Donnell and Andy White) 
  • Sunday 1 September: “Small Press Network Variety Show” (reprise of the notorious 2006 “Badness Hour” performance, with Laura Jean McKay)


4-8 September: BRISBANE
Moron to Moron at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival

11-15 October: Ubud
Moron to Moron at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Ubud Bike & Literary Tour with Tom Doig

Sunday 13 October 2013

Tom has cycled from Moron to Moron in Mongolia & this year he’ll take you from Mt. Batur Volcano to Ubud. While Tom rides up the volcano, you will drive up for a breakfast over looking the stunning Penelokan Kintamani. Afterwards you’ll cycle down through forests, rice terraces & small villages while Tom shares some of his cycling stories. The tour will end with a delicious Balinese buffet & chance to share your own travelling tales with literary (mis)adventurer Mr Doig. Please meet at Honeymoon Guesthouse II.

Writing on the Road
Monday 14 October 2013

Backpack (suitcase), notebook, laptop, mobile, camera, research, desire, courage… Hear from these travel writers about their experience writing from the road — is it always so easy to find an original angle & what lengths do you go to to find the story?
With: Claire Scobie
Jan Cornall
Laura Jean McKay

Laki-laki Yang Lucu
Monday 14 October 2013

How & why do these men use comedy to convey their stories? Are people born funny or do you have to work really hard to write genuinely funny material?
With: Ernest Prakasa
Jon Doust
Khairani Barokka
Morris Gleitzman
(*not a man)

The Second Sex Debate
Tuesday 15 October 2013

‘It would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities & interests are different for physiological reasons.’ – Tony Abbott (1978). The quote may be old, but in 2013 have beliefs really changed?
With: Clementine Ford
Florence Williams
Jon Doust
Khairani Barokka
Chip Rolley
I Wayan Juniartha


13 February: author talk at Sunbury Library

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