Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF)

SWF is an annual celebration of the written word. It is recognised as one of the world’s finest literary events and is the third largest festival of its kind in the world. It features a diverse mix osydney_writers_logof events a large number of which are free.

The grand affair includes panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, talks, workshops, readings, performances, literary lunches, film screenings, events for younger readers and exhibitions. Welcomes anyone with an interest in writing, reading and literature.

The Festival plays host to nearly 300 local and international writers in some 300 events. A 100,000 plus crowd attends - not all in the same venue at the same time thankfully.

The list of writers apearing is huge, so best check out the official website. Thankfully the design has settled down in recent years and finding your way around is not so bewildering. When? May 18-24, 2015. More

Banjo Patterson - Australian Poetry Festival

For a week in February each year the town of Orange in NSW banjo_patterson_australian_poetrycelebrates all things Banjo supplemented by a good doss of other Aussie poetry. The whole is supplemented by loads of foodie affairs, music and film plus a packed progamme of locally focused events.
Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson was born at 'Narrambla' When? February 12-17, 2015 Where? Orange, NSW

Perth Writers' Festival

perth_festivalSituated on the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia, the Perth Writers Festival is a celebration of the written word in all its forms. With something for everyone, the long weekend includes a fabulous opening party, readings, talks, workshops and our always popular Family Day.

When? Feb 19– 22, 2015 Where? Perth, Western Australia. University of Western Australia Campus Who? 2015 - Andy Griffiths, Angela Meyer, Christine Kennelly, Deb Fitzpatrick, Geraldine Doogue, Geoffry Robertson, Emma Healy, Hugh Mackay. More

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival: Strong Line-up for 2015 for Indonesian Festival- Free Entry

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, has announced the first line up of 77 authors set to participate in the 2015 event.

Taking place from 21-25 January 2015 at the historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, the eighth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will see NobelLaureate Sir. V. S. Naipaul 2013 Man Book Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi and celebrated American travel writerPaul Theroux take center-stage along with some of India’s leading authors, including prominent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh, current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee, best-selling novelist Amish Tripathi and celebrated author and translator Arshia Sattar, as well as

The 2015 Festival will have a number of themes running through the various sessions and panel discussions on all the five days. There will be a strong emphasis on poetry, as well as celebrating South Asia through all genres of writing and a particular strand of sessions which will showcase and celebrate the rich literature of the Seven Sister States of North-East India. Following on from the popular theme of Crime and Punishment at last year’s ZEE JLF, this January’s festival will look at writing associated with The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as continuing a second strand of the celebrated Women Uninterrupted. Read More

Southern Highlands Writers' Festival

Back for the fourth time in 2015, Southern Highlands Writers’ southern_highlands_writersFestival is growing in strength having been embraced by the local community. It is also gaining a reputation further afield for the quality of presenting authors and tight organisation by Creative Director Michaela Bolzan, Associate Director Kylie Matthews and their team. When? 10-12 July, 2015 Where? Bradman Museum, Bowral, NSW More

Queermance

Queermance 2015 is a celebration of GLBT relationships in fiction. It is a chance to catch up with the authors and publishers of GLBT fiction, pick up tips, find opportunities and ask all the questions you always wanted an answer to but didn’t know who can answer them. When? April 17th -19th, 2015 Where? Various venues Melbourne, VIC. More

Summer 2014/2015 Edition

Welcome to Literary Festivals Australia. This site has been on the go since 2008 and is currently tracking 100+ Litfests in Australia and New Zealand.

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Literary Festival Organisers please contact us to list or update your events. Please invite me to your festival and I will try to get there with my journalistic hat on.

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Adelaide Festival Writers Week

Adelaide Festival Writers' Week, is held each year in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens as a part of the Adelaide Festival.

2015 witnesses the loudest website that the team has yet produced, sunglassess and anti-psychadelic pills recommended before visiting.

Writers’ Week sets out to be a celebration of words, one that 'promises to surprise, delight, challenge and entertain', bringing some of the world’s finest minds to Adelaide for a week of discussion and debate. Readers from across the cultural spectrum hear writers discuss fiction, history, biography, religion, economics, culture, the environment, food, film, comics, poetry and picture books. Pretty true to it's aim it is too.

When? February 28 -March 5th, 2015 Where? Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Adelaide, SA Who? 2015 - Dan Barber, James Boyce, Matthew Condon, Kate De Goldi, Michael Faber, Chris Flynn, Helen Garner, Andy Griffiths, Cate Kennedy, Anthony Lowenstein, Tom Robb Smith, Don Watson ++ More

Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival

Dunedoo will be holding its 17th Bush Poetry Festival in March 2015.  Dunedoo, NSW, is a small country community of around 400 townspeople plus approximately 400 surrounding farm residents located at the junction of the Golden and Castlereagh Highways on the edge of the Talbragar River.

A series of poetry competitions ranging from classical and yarn spinningthrough to contemporary and humerous take place over a four day period.

Sunday morning breakfast is generally a “Poets Brawl”, with poets purchasing their “title” during the week-end and making up a poem that lasts 2 minutes “going their hardest to win the audiences applause” to achieve winner take all prize. When? 5th – 8th March, 2015

National Simultaneous Storytime

Held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

In 2014 over 460,000 children at over 3,100 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, reading the book Too Many Elephants in this House, written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner, enjoying a range of supporting educational activities, songs, games, dress ups and lots of fun. 2015 Date: May 27th. Text - The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey. Visit Official site

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