Inspirational Talks

As an experienced public speaker, I have addressed audiences at writers festivals, in libraries, universities, conference centres and in schools around the world.

Talks can be for audiences of any size or age group.Sessions can be a regular ‘meet the author’, focus on a particular book that I have written, or be about the joy of reading. I am an Ambassador for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge and an advocate for readers of all ages.

Alternatively, talks can address a theme such as “Getting Published”, “The Writing Life”, “Finding Ideas and Inspiration for Fiction”, “Writing Historical Fiction” or “Writing & Research”.

If you would like to make a booking for workshops or talks at your school, library, conference or festival please email:



  • Kirsty Murray gave 2 energetic, intelligent and inspiring talks that the students really responded to. Her fun, warm and gracious manner endeared her to the audience who have been lining up at lunchtime to borrow her novels.
    Marcia Phillips, Ballarat Grammar
  • Kirsty Murray is a very skilful presenter. She engages, entertains and educates students as she speaks about her novels, her historic research and the process of writing. She is quick-witted and personable, connecting rapidly with groups of students as well as individual students. She is highly knowledgeable in the area of youth literature and her willingness to share this passion has made her a firm favourite with the students of our Literature Club.

    Julie Purcell, Senior Teacher Librarian, Ruyton Girls’ School

Keep in Touch

Upcoming Events

  • 9 May
    SLAV Reading Forum
    Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School
    Further information
  • 13 May
    The Children's Bookshop
    Beecroft, Sydney
  • 20 May
    Story Slam!
    La Trobe University
  • 1 June
    Victorian Launch of When Billy Was a Dog, 3.00 pm
    The Little Bookroom, Carlton North
  • 2 June
    Books Illustrated Stall, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
    Melbourne Book Market
  • 14 June
    WA Launch of When Billy was a Dog, 6.00 pm
    The Literature Centre, Fremantle
  • 15 June
    Puppies and Portraits
    Paper Bird Bookshop
  • 17-28th June
    Talented Young Writers' Program
    Bunbury, Busselton & Fremantle, WA
  • 2 August
    HASS Conference WA
    Perth, WA

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