Join us to meet writer Mary-Lou Stephens

We love a good book here at The Farm Shed – and carry a small but ever-changing stock of titles by (mostly) Tasmanian writers, if you are in town and need to stock up on reading matter.

We also love meeting and talking with writers, so we are delighted to announce our next Farm Shed event – a chance to meet Tasmanian-born writer Mary-Lou Stephens as she reads from her recently-published novel The Last of the Apple Blossom, on Sunday, October 3. If this event is well supported, we will host more opportunities to meet writers here at The Farm Shed.

Meet author Mary-Lou Stephens at The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre
Meet author Mary-Lou Stephens at The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre

Mary-Lou Stephens was born in Tasmania, studied acting at The Victorian College of the Arts and played in bands in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. Eventually she got a proper job – in radio, where she was a presenter and music director, first with commercial radio and then with the ABC.

She received rave reviews for her memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation (2013), the true story of how meditation changed her life, saved her job and helped her find a husband.

Mary-Lou has worked and played all over Australia and now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and a hive of killer native bees.

Meet Mary-Lou Stephens, author of ‘Last of the Apple Blossom’ at The Farm Shed on Sunday October 3

The Last of the Apple Blossom is a novel set in the orchards of the Huon Valley, a love song to a way of life long gone, erased by natural and economic woes.

Two orchards, two women…and a secret that binds them.

The Last of the Apple Blossom is published by HarperCollins.

Here’s a little bit about it to whet your appetite.

7th February, 1967 and walls of flame reduce much of Tasmania to ash. 

Young schoolteacher Catherine Turner rushes to the Huon Valley to find her family’s apple orchard destroyed, her childhood home in ruins and her brother dead. Despite her father’s declaration that a woman will never run the orchard, Catherine resolves to rebuild the family business.

JJoin us at The Farm Shed to meet writer Mary-Lou Stephens as she reads some excerpts from her novel. You’ll also enjoy a glass of bubbly and some delicious nibbles.


  • WHAT: Join us at The Farm Shed to meet writer Mary-Lou Stephens
  • WHEN: Sunday October 3, 2pm
  • WHERE: The Packing Room of The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre, 53A Burgess St, Bicheno
  • WHY: Meet the writer and hear her read while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and Stella’s stellar nibbles
  • HOW MUCH: $25pp
  • BOOK: Phone 03 6375 1868 or call in to The Farm Shed between 10am-4pm to pay and confirm your seat. Numbers are limited.
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