Adil al-Qassas

Adil al-Qassas is a renowned Sudanese writer, storyteller and poet.

Story Lessonbook-419589_1280: Writer Adil al-Qassas takes us on a journey through his own school-inspired passion for narrative.


Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a walker, talker, teacher, writer, passionate patron of the Twilight School and the author of Sinning Across Spain – a walker’s journey from Granada to Galicia published by Melbourne University Press.

Sol y Sombraforest-1332640: Writer and Twilight School patron Alisa Piper looks at the precious role of sunlight and shadow in life and love.


Buen Caminowoodland-656969: Writer and Twilight School patron Ailsa Piper takes us on a journey of finding prayer and certitude on the path and in the world.


Losing Languagefont-705667: Author and Twilight School patron Ailsa Piper considers the role of words and language in culture, identity, storytelling and colonialism.


I Feel Itlibrary-869061: Writer Ailsa Piper mourns the loss of a Spanish bookstore and wonders how we can exist in a world that justifies an increasing literary devaluation.


autumn-830980The Gift of Sadness: Writer and school patron Ailsa Piper talks us through sadness, its gift and the great and terrible challenge of daring to be vulnerable.


Philosophy of Fallingwaterfalls-1247134: Author and Twilight School patron Ailsa Piper takes us on a journey through the failure and the falling that defines what it is to be human.


What’s in a NameAilsenoteTWiSc: As a companion to our vital Francis Sullivan video, we offer you writer Ailsa Piper’s thought-provoking piece on Rupertswood, names and history.


Alice Pung

Twilight School patron Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, journalist and essayist. She is the author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda. Her work has been featured in Good Weekend, The Age and The Australian among other anthologies and publications.

The Two of Us – Barry Garner and Bruno Lettieri: Twilight School Patron Alice Pung gives us the gorgeous story of how author Barry Garner and our own Bruno Lettieri met and became lifelong friends.


Amanda Piper

Amanda Piper’s camera captures the heart of the Twilight School’s conversation and community. Her work was featured in a pop-up retrospective exhibition at the Salesian College Sunbury, and Amanda herself can be found at every Twilight School event.

Gallery – Rupertswood Harvestharvest16-060182: The Twilight School’s resident photographer extraordinaire, Amanda Piper, took her camera to the fun, animals and scarves on display at the Salesian College Sunbury’s weekend Rupertswood Harvest.


Gallery – Rosalie Hamham-260251: See our October 26 Twilight School Conversation evening with The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham through the lens of our own photographer extraordinaire Amanda Piper!


Gallery – Alice Pung, JBM Inc Fundraiserpung-9110486: Twilight School photographer Amanda Piper captures our September 11 Alice Pung conversation fundraiser for the John Byrne Memorial!


P8170286Gallery – Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health: Photographer Amanda Piper captures our spellbound audience and presenters alike during our vital August 17 mental health forum at the Twilight School.


Gallery – Avenida SolSalsa-7220178: Come and relive, through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper, the Cuban-inspired Salsa of Avenida Sol and the dancing of the Twilight School audience!


Gallery – John ClarkeClarke-7190231: See our July 19 Twilight School evening conversation with writer and comedian John Clarke through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Gallery – Nick RoseRose-245: See our June 15 Twilight School/Sunbury Community Health conversation with Dr Nick Rose through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Gallery – Francis Sullivan: See our June 1 Twilight School evening with Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice Healing Council, through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Gallery – David Collins: See our May 25 Twilight School evening, Understanding the Teenage Brain, with clinical psychologist Dr David Collins through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Gallery – Arnold ZableZable-5120104: See our May 12 Twilight School JBM Fundraiser with Arnold Zable through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Gallery – Phil Cleary: See our April 20 Sunbury Community Health/Twilight School ‘Building Community Together’ event with Phil Cleary through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Gallery – Sofie Laguna: Sofie Laguna opens the Conversation season for 2016. See the event through the lens of photographer Amanda Piper.


Barbara Deen

Barbara Deen is a Twilight School regular who kindly gave us permission to share her beautiful and inspiring words with the rest of the Twilight School community.

The Wildernessyosemite-1590013: Poet and Twilight School regular Barbara Deen wrote this ode to the healing in nature for Robert Tremblay, an American author and her correspondent, who is slowly recovering from a serious life-threatening illness.


P8170238Community Testimonial – Barbara Deen: Twilight School attendee Barbara Deen gives us her insight into the audience experience for August’s Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health forum.


Barry Garner

Barry Garner, author of Haloes in the Windscreen and Heroes and Daydreams, is a writer, blogger and poet who has been published in The Age, Platform and Eureka Street. This short biography in no way encompasses the beauty, honesty and humanity that comes to life in his writing.

Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Healthp8170110: Come relive our vital August 17 ‘Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health’ forum, featuring author with bipolar disorder Barry Garner, author and psychologist Dianne Lee, and psych nurse Donna Melia, all in conversation with our Bruno Lettieri. Bring tissues and prepare to be wowed by our speakers’ honesty, generosity and creativity.


Help from My Friends:P8170286 Writer, poet and mental health forum guest speaker Barry Garner gives us his feelings on what it meant to share his story with the Twilight School audience.


Hello, You Beautiful CreatureP8170219: Writer, poet and guest speaker Barry Garner takes us on an evocative journey through love, bipolar, family and faith in ‘Hello, You Beautiful Creature’.


The RideP8170136: Writer, poet and Wednesday’s guest speaker Barry Garner takes us on an evocative journey through the experience of bipolar disorder in ‘The Ride’.


Ben Moss-Holland

Ben Moss-Holland was born in Oxford but grew up in country Victoria. He had the typical Aussie childhood of sport, study and working at McDonald’s. He studied Science and Teaching, began working at Salesian College in 2007, married Sarah in 2012 and became father to Daniel in 2015.

Father’s Day Speech 2016:ben-and-sarah-and-daniel The Twilight School’s Bruno Lettieri interviews our first Father’s Day Breakfast guest speaker Ben Moss-Holland on the journeys of life and fatherhood.


Brian Doyle

Poet and writer Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine, has contributed to Platform and Eureka Street, and is the author of many fiction and non-fiction works, including Thirsty for the Joy.

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγοςknowledge-390287: Regular Twilight School contributor Brian Doyle looks at his father and the wonderful world of etymology.


Poem for the Neighbor I Hardly Knewhouses-1719055: Writer and poet Brian Doyle gives voice to one of the strange, often unspoken facets of modern suburban life.


Glorifous!peacock-butterfly-484423: Writer and poet Brian Doyle takes us back to a child’s pure delight in nature’s beauty and movement.


The Free Exercise Thereofhistoric-1558028: Oregon-based writer Brian Doyle examines, challenges and disputes the Islamophobia preached in the name of freedom by America and Australia’s politicians.


Poem for the Teeter-Tottersteeter-totter-148268: Writer and poet Brian Doyle bids farewell to that ancient, wondrous, terrifying staple of any playground, the teeter-totter.


That Which Served Us Wellstove-top-1597026: Writer and poet Brian Doyle brings his cleverness with words to bear in the examination of our relationship with the taken-for-granted light switch.


Bruno Lettieri

Bruno Lettieri, a literacy teacher, writer, public speaker, and event organiser extraordinaire, is the heart and soul of the Twilight School. You can find him furthering his passions of community outreach, conversation, literacy and education at every last Twilight School event.

Father’s Day Speech 2016:fixp1000120 The Twilight School’s Bruno Lettieri interviews our second Father’s Day Breakfast guest speaker David Nyuol Vincent on the journeys of life and fatherhood.


Father’s Day Speech 2016:ben-and-sarah-and-daniel The Twilight School’s Bruno Lettieri interviews our first Father’s Day Breakfast guest speaker Ben Moss-Holland on the journeys of life and fatherhood.


Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Healthp8170110: Come relive our vital August 17 ‘Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health’ forum, featuring author with bipolar disorder Barry Garner, author and psychologist Dianne Lee, and psych nurse Donna Melia, all in conversation with our Bruno Lettieri. Bring tissues and prepare to be wowed by our speakers’ honesty, generosity and creativity.


Father’s Day Speech 2015:edit_Bruno2 Come listen to Bruno Lettieri’s emotive and heartfelt 2015 Father’s Day Speech!


A Conversation with Franics Sullivan: Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice Healing Council, in our crucial June 1 conversation, talks the faith’s past and future with Bruno Lettieri.


A Conversation with Sofie Laguna: Relive our first event for 2016! Watch Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep, in conversation with Bruno Lettieri!


What Is a Good Man: Writer and creative coordinator of the Twilight School Bruno Lettieri asks us what it is to be a good man – and why we need to explore it.


David Nyuol Vincent

David Nyuol Vincent fled South Sudan when he was just a little boy and spent years in a refugee camp before he was eventually resettled in Australia twelve years ago. David and his daughter Abuk now call Australia home. He works as a Youth Worker and is invited to many speaking engagements.

Father’s Day Speech 2016:fixp1000120 The Twilight School’s Bruno Lettieri interviews our second Father’s Day Breakfast guest speaker David Nyuol Vincent on the journeys of life and fatherhood.


Dawny Healy

Dawny Healy is a passionate Twilight School attendee and a staple of the school community.

Enter the Twilight: Twilight School regular Dawny Healy takes us on a word-savouring journey through a prior evening with Rev Tim Costello.


Dianne Lee

Dianne Lee is a psychologist and registered general and psychiatric nurse. Since 1972, she has worked in a range of settings: hospitals, psychiatric asylums, community clinics, prisons, university, and private practice. She is also a writer who has been published in Platform magazine and is currently working on her manuscript, Shelter Song.

Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Healthp8170110: Come relive our vital August 17 ‘Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health’ forum, featuring author with bipolar disorder Barry Garner, author and psychologist Dianne Lee, and psych nurse Donna Melia, all in conversation with our Bruno Lettieri. Bring tissues and prepare to be wowed by our speakers’ honesty, generosity and creativity.


Love and FearP8170079: Writer, psychologist and Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health guest speaker Dianne Lee takes us through a transcendent journey of faith and kindness in ‘Love and Fear’.


Donna Melia

Donna Melia enjoys the quiet moments when you can hear the clock ticking, the soul talking and the world turning. In these moments, she believes we find the joy, the peace, the connection to all that is good. Donna is a mum, a partner, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a psychiatric nurse for twenty-five years.

Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Healthp8170110: Come relive our vital August 17 ‘Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health’ forum, featuring author with bipolar disorder Barry Garner, author and psychologist Dianne Lee, and psych nurse Donna Melia, all in conversation with our Bruno Lettieri. Bring tissues and prepare to be wowed by our speakers’ honesty, generosity and creativity.

Francis Sullivan

Francis Sullivan is the CEO of the Truth Justice Healing Council.

A Conversation with Franics Sullivan: Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice Healing Council, in our crucial June 1 conversation, talks the faith’s past and future with Bruno Lettieri.


Julia Kyle

Julia Kyle is a freelance writer. She writes articles and book reviews on her blog Havering, has finished studying for a Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries and has recently published Canis Major, the first book of her Pushing Boundaries series.

Open Letter to a Teenagerpants-1255848_1280: Writer Julia Kyle takes us through the teen experience of depression – and what she wishes adults could have told her as she found her way to survive it.


Kaye Mattiske

Kaye Mattiske is a regular Twilight School, breakfast and writing course attendee. We’re thrilled to be able to post her words here on twilightschool.org.

An Outsider’s Reflectionham-260015: Twilight School attendee Kay Mattiske describes the setting, connection and community of the conversation evening experience.


Kim Cook

Kim Cook is an autistic, quirky, queer creative who writes novels and short fiction, blogs about gender and mental illness, designs flyers and administrates the Twilight School website.

A Night with Rosalie Hamham-260108: Writer Kim Cook attempts to describe the creativity and wit displayed by The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham during her October 26 Conversation with Bruno Lettieri.


Break the SilenceP8170283: Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health attendee Kim Cook ponders what we, the audience, must do after sharing in such a vital, silence-breaking conversation.


balloonquotetwiTears of Inclusion: Writer Kim Cook talks about why mental illness dialogue and Barry Garner’s inclusion in our Three Personal Perspectives on Mental Health forum is so important.


beautiful-316287These Are the Words: We don’t think about the impact the words we speak have on others in our community, but writer Kim Cook says they have more power than we know.


One Little Wordheart-1450302_1280: The Twilight School is a shining example of community done right, but writer Kim Cook is afraid one little word means they may not be welcome.


Lisa J. Cole

Lisa J. Cole is the editor of Barn Owl Journal. Her role as Development and Community Relations Manager at Salesian College, and ambassadorial duties at the Twilight School keep her busy writing and ensuring the great stories are told.

Mother’s Day Speech 2015v__2bbe: Relive some of our previous, equally-heartfelt Mother’s Day speeches! From our 2015 Mother’s Day Breakfast, we bring you Lisa J. Cole.


Gallery – Father’s Day Breakfastbensarahbrunogeraldkate Photographer and Twilight School VIP Lisa J. Cole captures the delight of audience and presenters alike during our Friday September 2 Father’s Day Breakfast.


Barn Owl Journal Issue 3BarnOwlJournal3_cover: The best stories are discovered by daring to risk the world outside your front door. A selection of Melbournian writers take on the themes of experience, movement, truth, courage and wondrous human diversity in a selection of pieces that will make you want to tie your shoelaces and celebrate the journey.


Merima Jackson

Merima Jackson is a writer, poet, creative, student and proud member of the Twilight School community. We look forward to featuring more of her writing here on twilightschool.org.

The Fire:fire-1284314 Poet Merima Jackson examines the nature of the spark of life in “The Fire”.


Ribbons on a Chain Wire Fencesullivan-6010034: Merima Jackson, Twilight School attendee, poet and member of Bruno’s writing class, gave us this elegant, eloquent response to our Francis Sullivan video and the Loud Fence embraced by the Salesian College Sunbury.


Michelle Attard

Michelle Attard is 43 years young and joined the club of motherhood 12 years and 3 months ago. She always knew she wanted to be a mum, and she was never really sure she would be a good one, but she knew she would give it the best she could.

Mother’s Day Speech 2016IMG_4514_edit: Relive our Mother’s Day breakfast with the thoughtful, emotional words from our speaking mothers. Next up: Michelle Attard.


Michelle Fincke

Michelle Fincke has worked for The Herald, The Sun and the ABC, was the Melbourne editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, and wrote for The Age. Michelle currently teaches non-fiction writing at Victoria Polytechnic. In the hours she doesn’t obsess about writing and communication, she tries to communicate with her four children aged 11 to 16.

The Real State of Ray’s Real Estatepicket-fences-349713: Writer Michelle Fincke speaks of the man, the generosity, the humanity and the dog that lie behind the sparkling proclamations of the real estate sign.


Mother’s Day Speech 2016: Relive our Mother’s Day breakfast with the thoughtful, emotional words from our speaking mothers. First up: Michelle Fincke.


Peter Veenhuizen

Peter Veenhuizen has written reviews of Helen Garner, Sofie Laguna, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Alice Pung’s events at Artspace. This was his first time at a Twilight School conversation. He says he is new to writing. We don’t believe him.

A Night with John ClarkeClarke-7190258: Writer and reviewer Peter Veenhuizen takes us on a journey into the writing, mind and wisdom of the legendary John Clarke during our July 19 Conversation.


Rosemary Kelly

Rosemary Kelly has taught at Salesian College, including senior positions, for many years. She is a keen supporter of Twilight School, and can usually be seen at any event hosting, welcoming and being part of a most hospitable community.

Mother’s Day Speech 2015rosemarykelly: Relive some of our previous, equally-heartfelt Mother’s Day speeches! From our 2015 Mother’s Day Breakfast, we bring you Rosemary Kelly.


Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna is an actor, playwright and the Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning author of The Eye of the Sheep. Her many books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

A Conversation with Sofie Laguna: Relive our first event for 2016! Watch Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep, in conversation with Bruno Lettieri!


Susie Kelly

Susie Kelly is a diverse musician who plays and sings Salsa, Pop, Classical and everything in between to her one-year-old son in an attempt to get some sleep. In her spare time, she also teaches VCAL at Salesian College!

Mother’s Day Speech 2016: Relive our Mother’s Day breakfast with the thoughtful, emotional words from our speaking mothers. Next up: Susie Kelly.


Suzette Worden

Suzette Worden is another passionate Twilight School regular who has gifted us with her thoughts on the Twilight School experience.

Community Testimonialzable-5120217: Twilight School regular Suzette Worden talks about her passion for our conversation evenings and her experience with guest speakers James Button and Arnold Zable.