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Richard Flanagan on International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist16-Apr-2015

10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by D..

2015 Australian Book Industry Association (ABIA) Award Shortlist15-Apr-2015

The 2015 Australian Book Industry Association (ABIA) Award Shortlists have been announced. Winne..

Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Award Shortlist15-Apr-2015

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, The Children’s Book Council of Australia has a..

Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards for Australian Women Writers Longlist10-Apr-2015

Perpetual, as trustee of the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers (the Kibble Awards)..

Australia's Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist31-Mar-2015

As Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Perpetual has today announced the 2015 longlist. Th..

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. When? May 18-24, 2015. 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 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

Clunes Booktown Festival

The village of Clunes in Victoria is famous for its bookshops. From the collectables to the bargains, from the small shops to the large shops stocking thousands of titles.

In April 2012 Clunes gained International Organisation of Booktowns membership, becoming the 15th international booktown and the only booktown in the southern hemisphere.

Each year the town holds a festival which offers a mixture of writer talks, a comprehenisve workshop schedule and a library load of booksellers. When? 2-3rd May, 2015 Where? Clunes is located 36 km north of Ballarat (30 minutes by car), and 142 km north-west of Melbourne (90 minutes by car). More

Newstead Short Story Tattoo is the official “fringe events” activity for Clunes Booktown in 2015.

It is an arts-music-storytelling event that mixes academics with artists, politics with fiction, history with poetry, orators with musicians, and new voices with literary masters. It has been described as a “courageous event”. When? Held odd years - May 1-3, 2015-Where? Newstead, Victoria Who? 2015 - Christos Tsiolkas, Joe Dolce, MTC Cronin, Dr Patrick Johnson, Gary Foley, Annabel Telli More

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

In 2015 the focus is on the environment, nature and the seasons of our lives. The theme `Seasons’ encapsulates all of those things, with Autumn in Margaret River a beautiful time. When Keats wrote that Autumn was the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ it almost seems like he wrote it for the region.

There will be around 30 authors and presenters who have written everything from landscape design books to environmental poems, songs and love stories. From Tomorrow When The War Began’ author John Marsden to science fiction author Isobelle Carmody, comedian and authors Sami Shah, Justin Heazelwood and Luke Ryan to romance author Fiona Palmer, crime author Robert Gott, bookclub favourites Michelle de Kretser and Amanda Curtin to food/nature poet Susan Hawthorne and author/chef Sophie Zalokar, we have something for everyone. When: May 29-31, 2015 Where: Margaret River Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA Who? 2015 - More

Autumn 2015 Editionkevin_parker

Welcome to Literary Festivals Australia. Established in 2008 and currently tracking 80+ Litfests in Australia and New Zealand. Sister site, Literary Festivals UK, covers 350 + UK and Irish litfests and 250 book awards whilst helping lift the profile of 1500+ authors. I am monitoring several hundred more literary festivals worldwide.

Literary Festival Organisers please contact me to list or update your events. The whole show is a one-man affair so a bit of lead-time is appreciated. Please invite me to your festival and I will try to get there with either my journalistic hat on or you can book me to give a presentation on the Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals! Kevin Parker

Jane Austen Festival Australia

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency – including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books.

Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia. When? April 10-12, 2015Where? Albert Hall Canberra, ACT

Savannah: Writers Up North


This is the first Savannah: Writers’ Voices up North and it’s happening from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th May, 2015.

Fun and inspiring things for writers and readers, both young and old. The Savannah festival will feature writers workshops, author talks and book signings, panel discussions, literary dinners, One Title One Townsville Big Book Club, lectures, a youth segment, poetry readings, Afternoon Tea with a Classic, screenings of local films and more. When? Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th May, 2015. Where? Townsville, North Queensland Who? Peter FitzSimons (right), Judy Nunn, Bruce Venables, David Malouf, Inga Simpson, Hugh Lunn, Barbara Hannay + More

National Simultaneous Storytime

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

In Brief

Newstead Short Story Tattoo is an arts-music-storytelling event that mixes academics with artists, politics with fiction, history with poetry, orators with musicians, and new voices with literary masters. It has been described as a “courageous event”.  When? Held odd years - May 1-3, 2015- Where? Newstead, Victoria Who? 2015 - Christos Tsiolkas, Joe Dolce, MTC Cronin, Dr Patrick Johnson, Gary Foley, + More

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