Welcome to Literary Festival Australia. The site is currently tracking 100+ Litfests in Australia. Our sister site, Literary Festivals UK, covers 300+ UK and Irish festivals, 250 book awards and lists 1500+ authors. Literary Festival Organisers please contact us to list or update your events. The whole affair is a voluntary one-man show so your patience is appreciated if I don't get back to you immediately. Kevin Parker

Melbourne Writers' Festival - Featuring around 300 of the best writers from Australia and around the world, discussing everything from passion to politics in a program of 270 interviews, panel discussions and other events at Federation Square. When? August 21-31, 2014. Read More

The Inaugural Annual Sydney Montessori Literature Festival 2014. A 3-day programme of readings, presentations & panels with over 20 authors & illustrators. When? 30 April -2 May, 2014 Where? Montessori School, Sutherlandshire, Sydney. Who? Morris Gleitzman, Aleesah Darlison, Bruce Whatley ++ More

Brisbane Writers Festival has held the place of Queensland's premier literary event for over a decade. When? September 3-7, 2014 Where? State Library. More

Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival - The Melbourne Jewish community calendar has many cultural and educational events, but until now none that directly focus on the richness of Jewish literature.When? 31st May - 2nd June 2014 Where? Melbourne, Victoria. More

Riverbend Poetry Series – The 9th year of what has become one of the best poetry reading series’ in Brisbane. Read More

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival - workshops, talks, forums, book launches, competitions, entertainment and school programs When?  June 7-9, 2014 Read More

The Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival is back for the third time in 2014 with a venue switch to Bowral's Bradman Mueseum. When? 11-13 July, 2014 Where? Bradman Museum, Bowral, NSW Who? 2014 - Nikki Gemmell, Hugh Mackay, Bob Carr and Mike Carlton. More

Voices on the Coast is a youth literature festival presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the Sunshine Coast, aimed at school students from year 5 to year 12. The festival is open to members of the public. Where? Various locations. Student days at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. One hour north by road from Brisbane.
When?23 April and Thursday 24 April, with the Literary Breakfast on Saturday 26 April. Who? 2014 - Morris Gleitzman, Stephen Axelsen, Tristan Bancks + More

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. The Festival features around 300 local and international writers. A 100,000 plus crowd attends - thankfully not all in the same venue at the same time. .

The list of writers apearing is huge, so best check out the comprehensive, well organised, very busy and only slightly bewildering official website. Best have a pot of tea and sandwiches on hand as you plan.

When? May 19-25, 2014 Where? SWF takes place at various venues across Walsh Bay and Sydney’s CBD, Sydney’s western suburbs and regional NSW. Who? In 2014  David Malouf, Vince Gilligan, Jacques Roubaud, Reza Aslan, Anthony Loewenstein, Jim Al-Khalili,Camilla Läckberg, Tim Cope, Amy Tan, Malcom Fraser,  Tara Moss, Nakkiah Lui, Emma Donoghue, Kate Ceberano,Tracey Spicer, Reza Aslan, Robert Dessaix, Michelle de Kretser, Sarah Blasko, Brendan Cowell, Emma Donoghue ++ More

The Mildura Writers’ Festival -some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. When? July 17-20, 2014. For 2014, Festival Artistic Director, Paul Kane, based in New York USA, has confirmed the following writers and poets: Christina Thompson, Simon Leys, Robert Adamson, Lisa Gorton, Alex Miller, Gideon Haigh, Robyn Davidson, Bruce Pascoe and Chris Wallace-Crabbe More

Williamstown Literary Festival is a community festival that is the biggest literary festival in the western suburbs of Melbourne. When? May 30-June 1. More

Rose Scott Women Writers Festival - named for Rose Scott, a suffrage leader, tireless worker for disadvantaged women and children When? 16 August 2014 . More

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