For 2016 events, please click here.
Watch for these throughout the year:
- Outspoken, Maleny, QLD. Gen lit author talks.
- Riverbend Poetry Series, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry readings. ALSO keep an eye out for a strong program of author visits and events throughout the year.
- Association for the Study of Australian Literature has academic symposiums through the year.
- Whispers, a free monthly series of author readings at various venues in Brisbane, is hosted by Queensland Writers Centre.
- Poetry at The Gods, a monthly reading series at The Gods Cafe, ANU, Canberra, ACT.
- The Melbourne Literary Salon meets the first Tuesday of the month in a city cafe.
- The Australian Bush Poets Association maintains a list of events for bush poets, at times run in conjunction with other festivals.
- Melbourne’s Crime and Justice Festival has events throughout the year as well as its annual fest.
- The South Australian Readers and Writers Festival is a series of events running for 12 months from July 2015, organised by the City of Onkaparinga.
- Words by the Bay: Bayside Literary Series, Bayside, VIC. A series of talks, workshops and launches throughout the year.
- Do check writers’ centres for event information. These are some who organise public events: ACT, NSW, QLD, WA (also see proximityWA), SA, NT, VIC, TAS, Katharine Susannah Prichard (Perth, WA), Northern Rivers (Byron Bay, NSW), Varuna (Blue Mountains, NSW).
- An array of international book fairs, major Australian competition deadlines, and core book events are listed here.
Jan 9-11: 2high Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Arts fest inc. theatre, spoken word.
Jan 10: SCBWI Books From Your Backyard, Perth, WA. Childrens.
Jan 15-18: Bruny Island Festival of Children’s Literature, Bruny Island, TAS. Children’s and YA.
Jan 20-23: Australian Theatre Forum, Sydney, NSW. Theatre.
Feb 2-5: Australian Library and Information Association Information Online Conference, Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Feb 11-22: Digital Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Feb 12-17: Banjo Paterson Festival, Orange, NSW. All things Banjo, especially poetry!
Feb 14: Poetry d’Amour, Perth and Mandurah, WA. Readings of love poetry.
Feb 19-22: Perth Writers Festival, Perth, WA. Gen. lit. (part of Perth International Arts Festival)
Feb 24: Woollahra Poets’ Picnic, Sydney, NSW. Poetry, spoken word.
Feb 28 – Mar 5: Adelaide Writers Week, SA. General lit.
Mar 5-6: Storylines Literary Festival, Perth, WA. YA.
Mar 6-8: Australian Romance Readers Convention, Canberra, ACT. Romance.
Mar 6-8: Jugiong Writers’ Festival, Jugiong, NSW. General lit.
Mar 8-11: Emergence creative festival, Margaret River, WA. Multi-media, cross-disciplinary.
Mar 13-22: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Mackay-Isaac, QLD. Poetry, drama, performance.
Mar 14: NSW Writers Centre Poetry and Spoken Word Festival, Sydney, NSW. Poetry, performance.
Mar 18-20: Somerset Celebration of Literature, Gold Coast, QLD. Children’s, YA, school focus.
Mar 20-22: Newcastle Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.
Mar 20-22: Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Conference, Sydney, NSW. Historical fiction.
Mar 20-22: Noted Festival, Canberra, ACT. Experimental, general lit., includes digital stream.
Mar 27-28: Readers and Writers Down Under, Gold Coast, QLD. Romance
Mar 29: Ipswich Poetry Feast, Ipswich, QLD. Poetry.
Apr 2-6: Swancon, Perth, WA. Spec fic.
Apr 10-12: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 10-12: Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Apr 10-19: National Youth Week, various. Youth.
Apr 11: Aurealis Awards, Canberra, ACT. Genre awards night.
Apr 11-12: Oz Comic-Con, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Apr 15-17: Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival, Mandurah, WA. Gen. lit, schools component.
Apr 17-19: Queermance, Melbourne, VIC. GLBT
Apr 17-19: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 18-19: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Apr 23-26: Eye of the Storm, Alice Springs, NT. Gen lit.
May 1-3: Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Art books, industry.
May 1-3: Newstead Short Story Tattoo, Newstead, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 2-3: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 6-9: Write Edit Index, incorporating the National IPEd Editors’ Conference, Canberra, ACT. Business side for publishers, editors, indexers.
May 7-24: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry, drama, performance.
May 8-17: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Parramatta, NSW. Poetry, drama, performance.
May 9: Naughty Sinners Book Bash by the Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD. Romance book mass signing.
May 11-15: #TwitterFiction Festival, international. Gen. lit., Twitter-based story sharing.
May 15-17: Two Fires Festival, Braidwood, NSW. Inspired by Judith Wright; activism and arts/lit.
May 16-17: Bundy WriteFest, Bundaberg. General lit.
May 16-19: Varuna-Sydney Writers Festival, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 17-18: Australian Booksellers Association Conference and Trade Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC. Industry.
May 18-24: Sydney Writers’ Festival, NSW. General lit.
May 21-24: Savannah Writers Voices Up North, Townsville, QLD. Gen. lit.
May 26 – 5 June: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 27: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Childrens reading initiative.
May 28-31: Reading Matters, Melbourne, VIC. YA, includes one-day student program, two-day conference and one-day public program (Writing Matters, below)
May 29-31: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
May 29-31: Yamba Writers Festival, Yamba, NSW. General lit.
May 31: Writing Matters, Melbourne, VIC. YA, general literature. Public component in tandem with Reading Matters.
Jun 1-30: Monash WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit. series of events.
June 3-6: Her Majesty’s Really Great Graphical Festival, Hobart, TAS. Zines, comics, illustration.
June 4-8: Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. All things Lawson.
June 5-7: Batemans Bay Writers Festival, Batemans Bay, NSW. General lit.
June 5-8: Continuum, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic.
June 6-8: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
June 6-9: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
June 13-14: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
June 14: Literary Luncheon, Gold Coast, QLD. Gen. lit.
June 19-21: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
June 26: ArtsHub Conference, Sydney, NSW. Arts industry
June 26-28 Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
June 27-28: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jul 1-31: Monash WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit. series of events.
Jul 3-5: Bundy Bush Poetry Muster, Bundaberg, QLD.
Jul 4: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 10-12: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit.
Jul 11-12: Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14.
Jul 15-18: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Jul 16-17: Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. YA.
Jul 16-19: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 16-26: Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit., sales.
Jul 17-18: Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit. No website. Watch library website.
Jul 17-26: Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
Jul 18: NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic.
Jul 21: A Day of Literary Feasting, Nedlands, WA. Gen. lit.
Jul 22: Canberra Readers, Writers & Storytellers Festival, Canberra, ACT. Gen. lit.
Jul 22-25: National Play Festival, Adelaide, SA. Theatre.
Jul 27 – Aug 8: Yellamundie National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival, Eveleigh, NSW. Plays.
Aug 1: Monash WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit. series of events.
Aug 1-31: Imagine August, all Logan libraries, QLD. Series of events, speculative fiction.
Aug 1-31: Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
Aug 4-6: Freelance Focus, Brisbane, QLD. Industry focus, non-fiction, journalism.
Aug 7-9: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. General lit.
Aug 7-9: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 7-9: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.
Aug 8: National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Aug 8-9: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 13-16: Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.
Aug 16: Warm Winter Words, Apollo Bay, VIC. Gen. lit.
Aug 18: National Reading Hour, nationwide, 6-7pm. Events to celebrate reading.
Aug 20-30: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Aug 21-23: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Melbourne, VIC. Romance.
Aug 21-23: Zine and Comic Symposium, Brisbane, QLD. Zines and comics.
Aug 21-30: Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Aug 21 – Sep 6: Anywhere Festival, Frankston, VIC. Spoken word, poetry, performance, theatre.
Aug 22-28: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 25: Queensland Business Writers’ Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Corporate.
Aug 25-27: Ashgrove LitFestival, Ashgrove, QLD. Gen. lit, school-hosted.
Aug 27: Melbourne Chinese Writers Festival, Ascot Vale, VIC. No website. E: huapan AT optusnet.com.au
Aug 28-30: Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.
Aug 28-29: Australian Medical Writers Association Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Medical.
Aug 28-29: First Nations Australia Writers Network National Workshop, Melbourne, VIC. First Nations, industry.
Aug 29-30: Sugar City Con, Mackay, QLD. Pop culture.
Aug 29-30: Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.
Sep 1-11: Poetry on the Move, Canberra, ACT. Poetry.
Sep 2: Indigenous Literacy Day, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
Sep 2-6: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.
Sep 5-16: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich, QLD. Childrens and YA focus.
Sep 7-14: Central Queensland Literary Festival, Rockhampton, QLD. Schools focus, general lit.
Sep 9-13: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 10-12 : Australian Society of Authors National Writers’ Congress, Sydney, NSW. Gen lit.
Sep 11-13: Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words, Port Fairy, VIC. General lit.
Sep 11-13: Tasmanian Writers Festival, TAS. General lit.
Sep 11-13: Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Uni-run, creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Sep 11-13: Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Sep 12: New Norica Writers Festival, New Norica, WA. Gen. lit.
Sep 18-19: Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
Sep 18-20: Avon Valley Writers Festival, Toodyay and Northam, WA. Gen lit.
Sep 18-20: St Albans Writers Festival, St Albans, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 18-20: Whitsunday Writers Festival, Airlie Beach, QLD. Gen. lit.
Sep 19-20: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Sep 26-27: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Sep 27: Writers in the Park, Sydney, NSW. Children’s, gen. lit.
Sep 28 – Oct 3: Comic Con-versation, Sydney (5 libraries), NSW. Comics, graphic novels.
Oct 1 – 20 Dec: Write Along the Highway, various locations, WA. Gen. lit., writing (NaNoWriMo focus).
Oct 1-4: National Young Writers Festival. Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.
Oct 2-5: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
Oct 3: Coal Creek Literary Festival, Korumburra, VIC. Gen. lit.
Oct 3-5: Scone Long Literary Weekend, Scone, NSW. Gen. lit.
Oct 16-17: Gollancz Festival, online, UK based. ANZ spec fic authors join virtual writers’ festival anchored in the UK.
Oct 17-18: CJ Dennis Festival, Toolangi, VIC. Poetry.
Oct 17-18: Book Expo Australia, Sydney. Marketplace.
Oct 17-18: Australian Movie and Comic Expo, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Oct 24: City of Rockingham Writing and Reading Expo, WA. Gen lit.
Oct 25: Home Grown Literary Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD. Gen. lit. No website: try Fraser Coast libraries.
Oct 30 – Nov 1: GenreCon, Brisbane, QLD. Genre fiction.
Oct 30-31: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. Children’s,.YA.
Oct 31 – Nov 1 CANCELLED: Romancing the Snowy, Jindabyne, NSW. Romance.
Nov 1-30: National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, international (local events, online). Writing.
Nov 6-8: Sydney Freecon, Sydney, NSW. Speculative fiction.
Nov 7: NSW Writers Centre Creative Non-Fiction Festival, Sydney, NSW. Creative non-fiction.
Nov 8: Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Writing.
Nov 12-13: Storyology, Sydney, NSW. Media focus.
Nov 12-15: Crime and Justice Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Non-fic, crime fiction component.
Nov 14: Toowoomba Writers’ Festival, Toowoomba, QLD. General lit, workshops.
Nov 14: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
Nov 19-21: Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Indie publishing.
Nov 19-26: untitled Literary Festival, Stonnington, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 20-22: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 21: Sports Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Sports writing (precursor event).
Nov 27-29: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 28-29: Clare Writers’ Festival, SA. Gen lit, strong on genre.
Nov 29 – Dec 1: Writing the Ghost Train (The 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs), Melbourne, VIC. Academic
Please check the 2016 calendar for 2016 and later events.