Alice PungThe Twilight School connects the wider community to the things that matter in life – art, literature, song, growing nature and learning new skills. I am proud to be a patron of such a wonderful and thriving community.

Alice is an award-winning writer, journalist and essayist. She is one of Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year 2015, and the Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda, and she has had her work featured in Good Weekend, The Age and The Australian among other anthologies and publications.



Ailsa PiperThe Twilight School could also be called the Lighthouse School – it sends out a beam of enlightenment to guide us toward knowledge and inspiration. And joy!

Ailsa Piper is the author of the 2012 book Sinning Across Spain – a walker’s journey from Granada to Galicia published by Melbourne University Press. Ailsa walked 1,300 kilometres across Spain (averaging 30km a day over 43 days), and discovered the philosophy of simply putting one foot in front of the other. She is a passionate walker, talker, teacher, and supporter of the Twilight School at Salesian College Rupertswood.



Helen GarnerThe Twilight School has a rare ability to get deep conversations going between interesting, serious people in a setting where no one needs to feel constrained or shy.

Helen Garner is an award-winning author of novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her novel The Spare Room, published in 2008, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages. Her latest book, This House of Grief, was named Best True Crime book in the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards. In 2016 Helen Garner was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction.