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Featured Regional Festival

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, October 1-5, 2014.

With over 150 writers from more than 25 countries it’s truly a celebration of global issues, big ideas and extraordinary stories. This year’s theme, Saraswati: Wisdom & Knowledge is an exploration of the wisdom to be gained by creative expression.

Leading the lineup is Sir VS Naipaul – Booker Prize-winner and Nobel Laureate. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a literary legend of the 20th century.

A number of the Festival’s writers are no strangers to prizes – such as Hassan Blasim (Independent Foreign Fiction Prize); Eimear McBride (Baileys Women’s Prize) and Cyrus Mistry (2014 DSC Prize) – to name a recent few.

Queen of Crime and creator of much-loved series Wire in the BloodVal McDermid will be jetting over from Scotland, while master novelist Amitav Ghosh joins us along with Pulitzer Prize-finalist Deborah Baker (they’ll also lead an exclusive post-Festival Komodo Islands cruise).

With wandering in their blood, the program features British travel writing great Colin Thubron; memoirist Robyn DavidsonTim Cope; and Carl Hoffman.

Rayya EliasKate Holden and poet Kosal Khiev are all survivors of different stripes, while star of Spike Lee’s Inside ManCarlos Andrés Gómez is also an acclaimed spoken-word poet and writer.

Leading the vanguard for avant-garde Asian fiction is Chinese writer Can Xue and Japanese novelist Minae Mizumura, while ex-pat Malaysian Tash Aw continues to delight us.

From Indonesia the Festival has invited publishing pioneer Goenawan Mohamad, intellectual Azyumardi Azra, art patron Agung Rai and Festival favourites Debra YatimAhmad Fuadi and Ketut Yuliarsa‘Truman Capote with a machete’ Made Wijaya joins the line-up, as does How to act Indonesian YouTube hit sensation Sacha Stevenson, plus many more.

Ardent human rights activists and social commentators are plenty, from one-time UN Representative in Sudan Mukesh Kapila, to frontline journalist Pallavi Aiyar, author of TheWisdom of Whores and Indonesia etc. Elizabeth Pisani, and Polish editor and journalist Adam Michnik. On the environmental front we have Keibo OiwaNadya Hutagalung,Willie Smits and more.

In addition to our Main Program and Special Events, we’ve added exciting extras: YogaDigital DialoguesSurf; plus of course Environment Day and The Kitchen. We hope you enjoy exploring.

With literary lunches, workshops, in-depth conversations,children’s and youth events, twilight performancesfilm screenings, poetry slams, cultural masterclasses, art exhibitions, book launches and more, be sure not to miss this world class event set in Bali’s cultural heartland.

Full program HERE.

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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 (pictured right), 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

SPRING 2014 EDITION - (next edition Autumn 2015)

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

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

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

Write around the Murray Festival

The Write around the Murray Festival is held in the vibrant regional city of Albury on the Murray River. There is no other exclusively literary based festival that operates in the region.

The festival, held since 2007, is a celebration of writing, illustrating and storytelling. Accessible to all, it is an opportunity for writers, readers, artists and storytellers of all genres to share stories and develop knowledge and skills. The range of activities includes a festival dinner, literary lunch, workshops, panel sessions and presentations, short story competitions and a wood fired oven event down by the river.

When? September 10-14, 2014 Who? 2014 -Wendy Harmer, Nick Earls, Matthew Condon, Sonya Hartnett, Michael Robotham ++
Where? Albury’s Library Museum (below right) on the corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets and other locations as per the festival program. 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

The Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival

Western Australia’s largest regional literary festival. It is a wonderful opportunity for lovers of literary works of all types to come together, share thoughts and ideas or just soak up the atmosphere.

The Festival brings together a huge range of literary greats from all over Australia and the world - whatever your reading passions and pleasures might be.

Where? Various locations in Geraldton and Mullewa, WA

When? The tenth Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival will be held from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September. More

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