2013 Australian Literary Festival Calendar

An ongoing listing of literature-related events in Australia. Feel free to contact me with additions and corrections.
Watch for = dates or information TBC.


Watch for these throughout the year:



Note: The 2014 calendar is now live.


Jan 11-13: QWC Rabbit Hole, Brisbane and online, intensive writing session.
Jan 19-20: Oz Horror Con, Melbourne, VIC


Feb 9-10: UWA Writers Corner, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA. Alumni gen. lit.
Feb 19: Riverbend Poetry Series, Riverbend Books, Brisbane. Poetry.
Feb 20-22: National Screenwriters Conference, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Feb 21-24: Perth Writers Week, Perth, WA. General lit.
Feb 21-24: National Play Festival, Perth, WA. Playwriting.
Feb 24-26: Write in the Great Southern, regional WA. General lit.


Mar 1-3: Australian Romance Readers Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Romance.
Mar 2-7: Adelaide Writers Week, SA. Gen. lit.
Mar 9-10: Oz Comic-Con, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Mar 13-15: Somerset Celebration of Literature, Gold Coast, QLD. Gen and YA.
Mar 16: Festival of Speculative Fiction, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic.
Mar 16-17: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Mar 20-22: Storylines Literary Festival, Perth, WA. YA.
Mar 21-24: Tasmanian Writers Festival, Hobart, TAS (no website, but keep an eye on Tassie Writers Centre). Gen lit.
Mar 22-24: Australian Festival of Travel Writing, Melbourne, VIC. Travel writing.
Mar 22-24: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
Mar 29-31: Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival, Jindabyne, NSW. General lit.
Mar 29 – Apr 1: Swancon, Perth, WA. Spec fic.

Watch for:





Apr 4-7: Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield, NSW. Bush poetry, lit and music.
Apr 5-7: Newcastle Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.
Apr 5-14: National Youth Week
Apr 10-12: National IPEd Editors’ Conference, Perth, WA
Apr 12-14: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 19-21: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 20: CQ Literary Luncheon, Rockhampton, QLD. YA and childrens/schools.
Apr 23: Riverbend Poetry Series, Riverbend Books, Brisbane. Poetry.
Apr 25-28: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
Apr 25-28: Eye of the Storm, Alice Springs, NT. Gen. fic.

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May 3-5: Newstead Short Story Tattoo, Newstead, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 3-5: StripFest, Fitzroy, VIC. Arts fest with poetry and readings.
May 4-5: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Book sale.
May 8-19: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry, drama, performance.
May 10 – June 2: Bayside Literary Festival, Bayside, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 17-19: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
May 17-18: Literati, Gold Coast, QLD. General lit.
May 18: Aurealis Awards, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic awards night.
May 18: Bundaberg Writefest, Bundaberg, QLD. General lit and workshops.
May 18-21: Varuna Sydney Writers Festival Blue Mountains Program, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 20-26: Sydney Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 23 – Jun 2: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 30 – June 1: Reading Matters, Melbourne, VIC. YA and schools, conference.
May 30 – August 2:Monash Wordfest, Monash (Melbourne), VIC. General lit, presentation series.
May 31 – 2 Jun: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.

Watch for:


  • Wordstorm, Darwin, NT. Gen lit. Next to be held in 2014.
  • National Poetry Festival. Poetry.



Jun 1-4: Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. YA.
Jun 6-10: Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. Bush poetry, lit, music.
Jun 7-10: Continuum, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic.
Jun 7-10: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
Jun 4 – Jul 14: Heartlines, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA. Art exhibition on lit illustration with public program.
Jun 8-10: Gloucester Writers Festival, Gloucester, NSW. General lit.
Jun 14-23: Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
Jun 21: Torquay Froth and Bubble, Torquay, VIC. General lit monthly winter series.
June 18: Riverbend Poetry Series, Riverbend Books, Brisbane. Poetry.
Jun 21-23: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Jun 28-30: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Jun 29: Apoetic: A Festival of Innovative Australian Poetry, Sydney, NSW. Poetry.

Watch for:




Jul 3: Outspoken, Maleny, QLD. Author talks. This month: Bill Gammage.
Jul 3-5: ASAL ‘Country’ Conference, Wagga Wagga, NSW. Academic.
Jul 4-7: English Literacy Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Teachers.
Jul 6:Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, South Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 6-7: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jul 7: Animals + Writing, Sydney, NSW. Academic/gen lit conference.
Jul 12-14: Whitsunday Writers Festival, Airlie Beach, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jul 12-14: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit.
Jul 17-20: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD
Jul 18-21: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 19: Torquay Froth and Bubble, Torquay, VIC. General lit, monthly winter series.
Jul 25-28: Reality Bites, Cooroy, QLD. Nonfiction.
Jul 26-28: Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Jul 27-28: Words in the Valley, Bridgetown, WA. General lit.
Jul 30 – Aug 2: From Reef to Rigger: This is My Place!, Gladstone, QLD. YA/schools, run by Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale.

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All month: Sci Fi and Fantasy Month, all Logan libraries, QLD. Spec fic.
Aug 2-4: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 2-30: Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. General lit.
Aug 3: Torquay Froth and Bubble, Torquay, VIC. General lit, monthly winter series.
Aug 3-4: Writing the Australian Landscape, Canberra, ACT. Conference.
Aug 6-9: Storyology, Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Aug 9-11: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA.
Aug 9-11: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. General lit.
Aug 10: National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Aug 10-11: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 15-18: WA Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.
Aug 15-18: Word Adelaide, SA. A festival about the power of language, music, literature.
Aug 16: Elizabeth Jolley Conference, Fremantle, WA. Academia meets romance.
Aug 16-18: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Fremantle, WA. Romance.
Aug 17-23: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 22-24: Australian Medical Writers Association Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Medical.
Aug 22 – 1 Sep: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Aug 23-25: Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.
Aug 23 – Sep 6: Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Aug 24: National Reading Hour, nationwide, 5-6pm. Events to celebrate reading.
Aug 24-25: Melbourne Writers Festival in Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC. General lit.
Aug 29: Queensland Business Writers’ Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Corporate.
Aug 30 – Sep 1: Zine and Comic Symposium, Brisbane, QLD. Zines and comics.
Aug 31: Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Bracken Ridge Library and Shorncliffe, QLD. Gen. lit. and indigenous.



Sep 1: Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.
Sep 4: Outspoken at Maleny, Maleny, QLD. Author talks. Guest: Ruth Ozeki.
Sep 4: Indigenous Literacy Day, national events. General lit, YA and children’s focus.
Sep 4-8: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.
Sep 6-8: Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words, Port Fairy, VIC. General lit.
Sep 6-9: Sydney Fringe, Sydney, NSW. Gen lit components.
Sep 9-17: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich, QLD. Childrens and YA focus.
Sep 11-15: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. General lit.
Sep 13-14: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. Children’s, educational.
Sep 13-15: Big Sky Writers and Readers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
Sep 21: Selling Your Book in the Digital Age, Sydney, NSW. Industry symposium.
Sep 21: Langhorne Creek Writers Festival, SA. Workshops and presentations.
Sep 21-22: Avon Valley Writer’s Festival, Northam and Toodyay Libraries, WA. General lit.
Sep 28-29: Tasmanian Poetry Festival (part one), Sheffield, TAS. Poetry.

Watch for:




Oct 1 – Nov 15: Showcase: Festival of Australian Children’s Literature, Canberra, ACT. Children’s and YA, ACT focus.
Oct 3-6: National Young Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.
Oct 4-6: Tasmanian Poetry Festival (part two), Launceston, TAS. Poetry.
Oct 4-7: Graphic, Sydney, NSW. Graphic novels, animation, etc.
Oct 7-13: Queensland Writers Week, statewide, QLD. Gen lit, open source events.
Oct 11: Australian Genre Crossings, Brisbane, QLD. Academic symposium on genre/popular culture.
Oct 11-12: 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice, Brisbane, QLD. Academic / fan.
Oct 11-12: CALEB Conference, Indooroopilly, QLD. Christian.
Oct 11-13: GenreCon, Brisbane, QLD. Genre fiction.
Oct 12-13: CrimeScene, Perth, WA. Crime.
Oct 17-19: Australian Society of Authors National Writers’ Congress, Sydney, NSW. Gen lit, industry conference.
Oct 18-20: Watermark Literary Muster, Kendall, NSW. Nature and environment.
Oct 25-27: Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. General lit, YA.
Oct 25-27: The Body in the Garden — Crime and Garden Writers’ Festival, Adelaide, SA. Crime and garden writing.
Oct 25-27: Gold Coast Writers Festival, Gold Coast, QLD. General lit.
Oct 25 – Nov 3: South Australian Readers and Writers Festival, Onkaparinga, SA. General lit, various venues. Check the council’s Facebook page for details.
Oct 28: Outspoken, Maleny, QLD. Gen lit author talks. Guest: Christos Tsiolkas.
Oct 31 – Nov 2: Emerging Writers Festival in Tasmania, Hobart, TAS. General lit.

Watch for:


  • Freecon, Sydney, NSW. Speculative fiction.


Nov 1-30: Nanowrimo, international. Write a novel in a month.
Nov 2-4: Unley Libraries Festival, Adelaide, SA. General local lit.
Nov 8-10: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 13-17: Crime and Justice Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Non-fic, crime fiction component.
Nov 14-16: Independent Publishers Conference, Melbourne. Indie publishing.
Nov 15-17: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 16-18: Writers Unleashed: Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival, Gymea, NSW. General lit.
Nov 22-24: QWC Rabbit Hole, Brisbane and online, intensive writing session.
Nov 25- Dec 1: Clare Writers’ Festival, SA. Gen lit, strong on genre.
Nov 30: City of Rockingham Writing and Reading Expo, WA. Gen lit.

December 2013



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21 thoughts on “2013 Australian Literary Festival Calendar

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  2. A great list Jason – very useful. You might like to know about and include a comment on ASAL (the Association for the Study of Australian Literature)’s ‘Country’ conference 3-5 July 2-13 at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW. Keynote speakers are Brian Castro, Jeanine Leane, Alison Ravenscroft. A memorable gathering of writers, academics, postgrads, librarians. See website for more details.

  3. Thank you for the interesting list of literary events and festivals. Do you have an authors’ listing for the festivals or can you point me in that direction for Australian events.
    Elizabeth Kaziro

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  6. Sandcliffe Writers Festival – in the Sandgate/Shorncliffe area on Saturday 31st August 2013, writers workshops, panels and evening ‘open mic’ audience participation. All events are free, but some require bookings

  7. Great list. I use the words of poets such as Hemingway, Poe and Kipling – among many others – and turn them into soulful rock numbers that are melodic and easy to listen to. I think my project could be of interest to one of the festivals. could you perhaps recommend where do you think I should start. Have a listen below
    The First Day:


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