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Bendigo Writers Festival

Annual three-day festival for readers and writers.

When? Bendigo Writers Festival August 8 to 10, 2014 Where? Bendigo, VIC Who? 2014 -

  • On opening night, Blanche d’Alpuget, novelist and biographer of Bob Hawke, will talk about the influence of power
  • On Saturday evening, the unique voice of Australia’s unofficial poet laureate, Les Murray, whose vision of Australia has travelled to all corners of the world.
  •  Sonya Hartnett, who writes like no other, challenging us never to underestimate the imagination of readers both young and old. 
  •  Kerry Greenwood, cherishing her rich and varied contribution through her love of history.
  • Influential commentator Robert Manne brings his stimulating Ideas & Society forum to Bendigo, hosting his good friend Raimond Gaita to talk about ethics, who in turn will host Australia’s most celebrated novelist, Alex Miller.
  • Robert Manne has also invited distinguished historian Joan Beaumont, to talk aboutAustralia and the Great War in this centenary year.
  • Bendigo in August is a treat for art lovers so we’ve invited Sasha Grishin to open up discussions about the history and future of Australian art.
  • For the first time, the Australian Crime Writers Association is heading to Bendigo, to announce this year’s Ned Kelly Awards shortlist and we’ll launch the new novel of top crime writer Michael Robotham at that special event too..
  • Jackie French talks about the sustainable garden, as well as her fabulous writing for younger readers with her long-time collaborator, illustrator Bruce Whatley.
  • Word guru David Astle, ideas communicator extraordinaire Natasha Mitchell, power couple Patricia and Don Edgar, journalism’s Captain Courageous Neil Chenoweth, Stella Award winner Clare Wright, fashionista Kirstie Clements – 100 writers, more than 50 sessions More

Melbourne Writers' Festival

melbourne_writers 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

Broome's writers/readers festival, 'Corrugated Lines: A festival of words' will once again be held in Broome, Western Australia from 8-10 August 201.

The festival is a collaborative effort between Backroom Press, Magabala Books, Broome Public Library, Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Notre Dame University.

The festival complements other events such as the Kimberley Writers festival and the Kimberley Literature prize. 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

Byron Bay Writers Festival

Celebrating its 18th year in 2014 , the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival takes place between 1 and 3 August. Features writers from overseas and across Australia’s length and breadth, many of the participants hail from the Northern Rivers region.

When? Aug 1-3, 2014 Where? North Beach, Byron Bay, Northern NSWWho? 2014 - Bob Brown, Jeanette Winterson, M.L. Stedman ,  US author Poe Ballantine, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, Clare Wright, Julian Burnside, Tim Flannery, Ashley Hay, Alex Miller, Andy Griffiths More

Rose Scott Women Writers Festival -

Literary Lunch on Friday 15th August and Festival on Saturday 16th August

The Women’s Club, in conjunction with Michaela Bolzan of Creative & Co, are the organisers of this most intimate and unique of writers’ festivals. Authors include Annabel Morley, Blanche d’Alpuget, Susan Steggall, Deborah O’Brien, and Judy Nunn. Berkelouw Books will establish a pop-up bookshop, and literature-related gifts will be available to browse and to purchase at the pop-up gift shop.

The Festival is named for Rose Scott, prominent Sydney suffragist of the 19th century. Rose was co-founder of the historic Women’s Club in 1901, providing a training ground for women wishing to debate important issues of the day, most importantly, women’s enfranchisement. The Women’s Club remains a place where women may enjoy leisure time, cultural activities, and stimulating conversation. The Festival aims to recognise Rose Scott for her courage and unfailing devotion to literature, to women and to children. More

Word for Word - National Non-fiction Festival

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Word for Word is a literary event with a unique premise. It is Australia’s largest festival to showcase only non-fiction literature, writing and ideas. From workshops to panel discussions, ‘in conversation’ sessions and keynote speakers, with topics ranging from extreme adventures to true crime, biography to history and sport, there is something on offer for everyone and audiences are sure to be engaged and inspired by this exciting new addition to the literary landscape.

When? 15-17 August, 2014 Where? Waterfront Campus, Deakin University Who? Tara Moss, Madoona King, Robert Gott, Emma Ayres, Sian Prior, Tony Wilson, More

The Mildura Writers’ Festival -some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. When? July 17-20, 2014. For 2014, Festival Artistic Director, Paul Kane, based in New York USA, has confirmed the following writers and poets: Christina Thompson, Simon Leys, Robert Adamson, Lisa Gorton, Alex Miller, Gideon Haigh, Robyn Davidson, Bruce Pascoe and Chris Wallace-Crabbe 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

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

Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale

The Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale Inc has another exciting line-up for the sixth biennial festival program to be held from 27 to 30 July 2014. Located in the Gladstone region, the program is attended by audiences from neighbouring regions and has a growing national profile.

Acclaimed and very popular authors and illustrators to attend in 2014 are: Tristan Bancks, Peter Carnavas, Sarah Davis, Anna Fienberg, Narelle Oliver and James Roy. Each writes and/or illustrates for all ages, and each has become widely regarded not only for their books, but also for their talents and skills as presenters. More

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