Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) sydney_writers_logo

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 of 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

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Featured - Southern Highlands Writers' Festival

Back for the fourth time in 2015, The Southern Highlasouthern_highlands_writersnds Writers’ Festival has grown in strength each year. It has been embraced by the local community and is gaining a reputation further afield for the quality of the presenting authors it attracts. The whole is underpinned by tight organisation from Creative Director Michaela Bolzan and Associate Director Kylie Matthews plus a team of dedicated volunteers. It all adds up to a relaxed expereince for patrons and authors alike.

Pretty decent line-up for 2015 with Robert Dessaix, Lisa Forrest, Geraldine Doogue, Don Watson, Malcolm Knox and David Marr amongst the headline acts.

In addition to the main event there is a Sydney Writers' Festival fringe session planned for May 24th, SWF in the Highlands. It features Stella Prize winner, Emily Bitto (right) in the Stella’s Book Club & Afternoon Tea. Also appearing on the 24th is multi-award winning author, model, TV presenter, journalist and advocate for the rights of women and children, Tara Moss. To top it off, award-winning author, essayist and the wife of Bob Hawke, Blanche d’Alpuget will be in conversation with Jenny Strachan about her life.

Sessions are held in the Bradman Mueseum in the heart of Bowral. A lovely time of the year to be in the cool winter climate of Southern Highlands. When? 10-12 July, 2015 Where? Bradman Museum, Bowral, NSW 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

StoryArts - Queensland

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The StoryArts Festival Ipswich began in 1995 as the Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature and has been held every two years since then. The festival offers FREE sessions for children and low cost sessions for adults and young adults with an interest in children’s literature such as teachers, librarians, and emerging writers and illustrators.

The festival aims to increase an awareness of the value of the arts in relation to writing and illustration and help build and maintain increased audiences for children’s literature. The plan is to inspire young people to buy and read more books and gain an appreciation of the processes involved in writing and illustrating. The organisers also aim to enthuse teachers and parents about the value of stories and encourage them to promote literature to young people.

The Ipswich Festival is organised and funded mainly by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network. Roses to all involved, a terrific initiative. When? 9-17 Septmeber, 2015 Where? Ipswich, Queensland Who? in 2015 - 46 presenters from all over Australia, New Zealand and Singapore - more

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The 2015 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival is the fifth incarnation of this wonderfully intimate festival where you can meet the writers and get involved – become part of the story.

This year boasts again an amazing mix of established and emerging writers with talks, panels, readings, workshops, Paddle with a Poet down the Bellinger, the sell-out Poetry Slam, and events in the beautiful landscape around Bellingen. There is a rich schools program, environmental events and indigenous participation as always.

When? Queens Birthday long weekend. Friday 5th June to Monday 8th June 2015 Where? Bellingen , Far North NSW Who? 2015 - see author list

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Williamstown Literary Festival, Willy Litfest, has now grown into one of the country’s most respected wordfests, attracting some of Australia’s best loved authors. The festival is run by a committee of locals, supplemented by contract staff at festival time. .

Events include panels, interviews, workshops for children, teenagers and adults, film, readings, storytelling and games. Writers of all genres including poetry, novels, non fiction, blogging, science fiction, horror, romance, drama, television and sports contribute to a fabulous festival. When? June 13-14, 2015 Where? Set in the stunning surrounds of the newly refurbished Williamstown Town Hall and Williamstown Library in Williamstown Melbourne. Who? 2015 - Hannie Rayson, Helen Garner, Alice Garner, Alice Pung, Barrie Cassidy, Joshua Funder, David Day + More

Savannah: Writers Up North

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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

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