Welcome to Literary Festivals Australia. The site is currently tracking 100+ Litfests in Australia and New Zealand. Our sister site, Literary Festivals UK, covers 350+ UK and Irish festivals, 250 book awards and lists 1500+ authors. Literary Festival Organisers please contact us to list or update your events. We operate on an "each according to their means" basis. So, chip-in if able, if not please send details anyway. 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

A festival featuring around 400 of the best writers from Australia and around the world, discussing everything from passion to politics, Harry Potter to history, short stories to sex, in a program of 270 interviews, panel discussions and other events at Federation Square. Also features a Schools' Program, workshop and masterclass program, a series of 10 high profile non-fiction lectures and a Keynote Address at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Each new festival breaks previous box office records with audience numbers 40,000+, as well as seeing a marked increase in the younger demographic of 24 - 35 years. This is now the predominant age group with the 36 - 55 age group the second most numerous.

When? August 21-31, 2014 Where? Federation Square and selected venues around Melbourne. Who? Sir Salman Rushdie, one of the world’s most influential novelists, will deliver a keynote address at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The Booker Prize winning author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses will speak about ‘freedom to write’ on Thursday 28 August.

Astronaut and author, Commander Chris Hadfield, well-known for prolific orbital tweeting and his rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity from the International Space Station, will share An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth with Melbourne on the opening night of the Festival, Thursday 21 August.

  • Mexico’s fearless campaigner against corruption Lydia Cacho.
  • Place hacker and urban explorer Bradley Garrett.
  • Biographer of Pussy Riot and Vladimir Putin, Masha Gessen.
  • Science writer for The New Yorker Elizabeth Kolbert.
  • Television critic for The New Yorker Emily Nussbaum.
  • Author of a tale of monstrously misplaced desire Alissa Nutting.
  • Author of Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation Elizabeth Pisani. More

Sandcliffe Writers Festival

Born in 2013 this is a festival for writers and readers, entry is completely free to all workshops, seminars, panel discussions and readings. Wildflowers to all involed.

When? Saturday 30 August 2014 Sunday 31 August 2014

Where? Various venues throughout Sandcliffe, Queensland. Who? Matt Condon, Kris Olsson, Samuel Wagan Watson, Susan Johnson, James Moloney, Sam Watson, Joshua Walker, Jackie Huggins, Jillian Boyd. More

Cairns Tropical Writers' Festival

A biennial affairs, the Tropical Writers Inc is hosting the 4th Cairns Tropical Writers Festival in 2014.

The festival appears to be a nice mix of presentations, workshops, author information sessions and panel discussions. When? 2014, September 12th -14th Where? Mostly Rydges Tradewinds Hotel, Cairns, Queensland Who? Geraldine Doogue, Andrew Matthews, Michale Quinn, Helen Young, Iain McCalman, Sonja Anderson+ More


Writers and Readers Festival- Christchurch

WORD Christchurch presents international and New Zealand novelists, poets, playwrights, biographers, journalists, bloggers; all writers and thinkers together in events that celebrate the written word and provide a window for readers to respond to ideas. We currently present the largest literary event in the South Island – the biennial writers and readers festival.

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014, in association with The Press, welcomes over 100 writers, thinkers, commentators and performers from around New Zealand and the world.

With 70 events that showcase quality fiction, ideas, politics, food writing, poetry, music, crime, satire, the Christchurch rebuild, children’s books and free family events, there really is something for everyone.

Held over five days, from 27–31 August, in the heart of Christchurch city, the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014, will bring people together through their love of words in all their forms.

Where? Christchurch, New Zealand. When ? 27 -31 August, 2014 Who ? 2014 - Eleanor Catton, Shigeru Ban, Ruth Reichi, Elizabeth Knox, Simon Gault, Kristin Hirsh, Diana Setterfield, Meg Wolitzer + More

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Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

Books are just the beginning with this year’s Festival featuring John Safran’s one man show Murder in Misssissippi, Israel-Iran expert Dr Yoaz Hendel, the New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, bestselling authors and the beloved Monday Morning Cooking Club. It features sessions on Israel, homosexuality, Holocaust memorialisation, spirituality, publishing tips and much more. When? August 21-24, 2014 More

Brisbane Writers Festival has held the place of Queensland's premier literary event for over a decade. It brings the world of writing and ideas to Brisbane, and showcases the best of local, national and international writing to Brisbane, and to the world. For five days in September each year the festival takes over the spectacularly re-developed State Library of Queensland (next to the iconic Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery) in the South Bank cultural precinct alongside the Brisbane River. When? September 3-7, 2014 More

Toowoomba Writer's Festival - Inaugural event in 2014

Toowoomba is full of writers ranging from published professionals through to those who write for fun, blog online or just like to splash their thoughts onto a page. The Toowoomba Writers’ Festival aims to celebrate our unique blend of different writers while bringing them together in a celebration of creativity and learning. When? 15 November, 2014 Where? Mostly in St. lukes Hall, Toowoomba, QLDS. More

Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF)

The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) is the major literary event for poets and poetry in Queensland. The program features Queensland, interstate, and international poets in readings, book launches, discussions, slams and open readings. Unpublished Poetry and The Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize are also a feature of QPF, with the winners announced on opening night. Where ? Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brunswick Street, Brisbane. When ? 29-31 August, 2014. More


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