2015 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
10 – 12 July, Bowral, NSW
Some of Australia’s finest authors will be heading to the 2015 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival to discuss their latest works including Robert Dessaix, Don Watson, David Marr and Malcolm Knox.
The Festival kicks off with an exclusive screening of the film Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, as part of the Opening Night Event at the Empire Cinemas.
Bowral-based best-selling children’s author, R.A.Spratt will be talking to the young, and young at heart, about her highly successful Friday Barnes and Nanny Piggins series of books.
Back by popular demand the 2015 SHWF Literary Dinner will be held at E2 Events, Eschalot Restaurant's private dining room in Berrima. Renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue is the Literary Dinner’s guest speaker, and she will be discussing an issue central to our times: how women are represented at the top levels of power in Australia.
Sessions are held in the Bradman Museum 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
Bendigo Writers Festival
Now in its fourth year, Bendigo Writers Festival is just one of the many enticing cultural events that make this city the perfect destination for a warm and friendly winter weekend.
Based in The Capital, in View Street, next door to the much-admired Bendigo Art Gallery, the festival features more than 70 events in five venues across the August 8 and 9 weekend, from 9.30am on Saturday through to 5.30pm on Sunday.
There are interviews and debates about everything from grief to romance; you can be sure you’ll find something to delight, amuse, intrigue and stimulate.
Bendigo’s historic streets beat with a contemporary feel. Good food, wine, boutique shopping, attractions and experiences are ready to be explored. Magnificent buildings and monuments shed light on the city’s formative goldmining era, and today they are the beautiful backdrop to a fascinating destination. When? Bendigo Writers Festival AUGUST 7-9, 2015 Where? Bendigo, VIC Who? Nam Le, Alice Pung, Cate Kennedy , Celeste Liddle, Don Watson + More
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StoryArts - Queensland
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 September, 2015 Where? Ipswich, Queensland Who? in 2015 - 46 presenters from all over Australia, New Zealand and Singapore - more
Kimberley Writers Festival - WA
10th Kimberley Writers Festival is planned for 11-13 September 2015. This year’s program will have a few new events added to the much loved regular events, such as the Champagne Brunch Literary Luncheon and School Day. There is an afternoon discovery walk through Mirima culminating in a Sharing Our Stories session at the finish being planned. When? 11-13 September 2015. Where? Kununurra Community Library, Mangaloo Street , Kununurra, WA More
Winter 2015 Edition
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. 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. Kevin Parker
Mildura Writers' Festival (VIC)
The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. Beginning in 1994 in Stefano de Pieri’s cellar restaurant, this event has evolved to be acclaimed as among the finest literary festivals in the country. A reputation earnt because of its literary qualities, the calibre of talent it attracts and the atmosphere of conviviality presented during the provincial Victorian winter. Late night discussions around wood fires, showcase the local and regional gourmet food and wine When? July 16-19, 2015 Where? Mildura, Victoria Who? 2015 - Alexis Wright, Thomas Kennelly, Sharon Olds + More
July Literary Festivals
Bundy Bush Poetry Muster, Bundaberg, QLD. July 3-5, 2015
Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit. No website. Watch library website
Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, South Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale, Gladstone, QLD. General lit.
Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit. 16-19 July, 2015
Monash WordFest Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit. series of events.
Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Lit stream - July 17-18, 2015 *
NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic. July 18, 2015
Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit. Jul 10-12, 2015
USQ Bookcase - University of Southern Queensland, Towoomba Campus - 18-19th July, 2015
Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14. July 11-12, 2015
Voices on the Coast: A youth literature festival - Sunshine Coast, Queensland - 15-18 July 2015
Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. July 15-18, 2015
Words in the Valley, Bridgetown, WA. General lit.
Yellamundie National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival, Eveleigh, NSW. July 27th- August 8th, 2015