2014 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:


Jan 17-19: The Rabbit Hole, Brisbane and online. Free writing event where wordcount rules.


Feb 6-7: Travelling-Writing-Tasmania, Launceston, TAS. Tassie travel writing symposium.
Feb 7-17: Banjo Paterson Festival, Orange, NSW. All things Banjo, especially poetry!
Feb 13-24: Digital Writers Festival, online. General (digital) lit.
Feb 14: Poetry d’Amour, Perth and Mandurah, WA. Poetry.
Feb 14 – Jun 16: Words by the Bay: Bayside Literary Series, Bayside, VIC. A series of talks, workshops and launches.
Feb 20-23: Perth Writers Festival, Perth, WA. General lit.
Feb 27 – Mar 2: Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival, Dunedoo, NSW. Bush poetry.


Mar 1-6: Adelaide Writers Week, SA. General lit.
Mar 6: A Night with Our Stars, Perth, WA. Children’s.
Mar 9: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
Mar 14-16: Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words, Tamar Valley, TAS. General lit, poetry, children’s, wine and food writers.
Mar 19-21: Somerset Celebration of Literature, Gold Coast, QLD. Gen and YA.
Mar 21-23: Queermance, Melbourne, VIC. GLBT
Mar 22: Australian Romance Readers Awards Night, Sydney, NSW. Romance.
Mar 22: Indie Authors Down Under, Gold Coast, QLD. General lit.
Mar 23: Children’s Book Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Children’s and YA.
Mar 27-28: Storylines Literary Festival, Perth, WA. YA.
Mar 29: Playwriting Festival, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney, NSW. Theatre.
Mar 29-30: Oz Comic-Con, Perth, WA. Pop culture.


Apr 3-6: Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield, NSW. Bush poetry, lit and music
Apr 4-6: Newcastle Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.
Apr 4-6: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 4-13: National Youth Week, various. Youth.
Apr 5: Conflux Writer’s Day, Canberra, ACT. Gen lit, genre, craft-oriented.
Apr 5: Aurealis Awards, Canberra, ACT. Genre awards night.
Apr 5-6: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Apr 6: Ipswich Poetry Feast, Ipswich, QLD. Poetry.
Apr 10-13: Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Apr 11-13: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 13: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
Apr 17-21 : Swancon 39, Perth, WA. Genre and pop culture.
Apr 19: Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Association Children’s Festival, Jindabyne, NSW. Children’s, YA.
Apr 23-24, 26: Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. YA.
Apr 24-27: Lighthouse Literary Fest, Aireys Inlet, VIC. General lit.
Apr 30 – May 2: Montessori Literature Festival, Sydney, NSW. School, kids, YA, general lit.


May 3-4: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Book sale and author talks.
May 7-18: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry, drama, performance.
May 11: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
May 16-18: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
May 16-18: Children’s Book Council of Australian national conference, Canberra, ACT. Children’s, YA, industry.
May 16-19: Australian Booksellers Association Conference and Trade Exhibition, Leading Edge Book Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Concurrent industry events.
May 17: Bundy WriteFest, Bundaberg. General lit.
May 18-20: Varuna Sydney Writers Festival Blue Mountains Program, Katoomba area, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 19-25: Sydney Writers’ Festival, NSW. General lit.
May 19-25: Join the Dots: library and information week, national. Library awareness initiative.
May 20: National Book Bloggers Forum, Sydney, NSW. A publisher-organised seminar for bloggers.
May 21: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Childrens reading initiative.
May 27 – June 6: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 29 – June 1: Wordstorm, Darwin, NT. Gen lit.
May 30: Keeping Books Alive, Dandenong, VIC. Seminars for teachers.
May 30 – June 1: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
May 31 – June 1: National Writers Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Part of Emerging Writers Festival, industry focus.
May 31 – June 1: Yamba Writers Festival, Yamba, NSW. General lit.
May 31 – June 2: Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.

Watch for:

  • Literati, Gold Coast, QLD. General lit.
  • National Poetry Festival. Poetry.


June 2-4: Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, Sydney, NSW. Student focus.
Jun 5: Monash WordFest Launch, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit. series of events.
June 5-8: Her Majesty’s Really Great Graphical Festival, Hobart, TAS. Zines.
June 5-9: Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. Bush poetry, lit, music.
June 6-8: International Storytelling Conference, Sydney, NSW. General lit – oral focus
June 6-9: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
June 6-9: Continuum 10, Melbourne. Genre and pop culture.
June 7-9: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
June 8: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
June 9: The Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Academic, general lit with fairy tale focus
June 12-15: National Play Festival, Sydney, NSW. Playwriting.
June 13-15: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
June 13-15: Gold Coast Writers Festival, Gold Coast, QLD. General lit.
June 19-24: Central Queensland Literary Festival, Rockhampton, QLD. Schools focus, general lit.
June 20-22 Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
June 28: Kids and YA Festival, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney, NSW. Children’s, YA.
Jun 28-29: Torquay Froth and Bubble , Torquay, VIC. General lit.


Jul 2-4: Australasian Association of Literature annual conference, Melbourne, VIC. Academic: literature and affect.
Jul 4-5: Death in July, Ballarat, VIC. Crime.
Jul 5: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 5: Local Writers’ Word Festival, Double Bay (Woollahra), NSW. General lit.
Jul 5-6: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jul 11-13: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit.
Jul 12-13: Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. Children’s.
Jul 13: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
Jul 16-19: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Jul 17-27: Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit., sales.
Jul 17-20: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 18-27: Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
Jul 19: Words in the Valley, Bridgetown, WA. General lit.
Jul 27-30: Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale, Gladstone, QLD. General lit.
Jul 30-Aug 3: Red Dirt Poetry Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Poetry.


Aug 1-31: Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
Aug 1-31: Sci Fi and Fantasy Month, all Logan libraries, QLD. Spec fic.
Aug 1-3: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 7-10: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Sydney, NSW. Romance.
Aug 8-10: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. General lit.
Aug 8-10: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. General lit.
Aug 9: National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Aug 9: Australian Romance Readers Book-Signing, Sydney, NSW. Romance.
Aug 9-10: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 10: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
Aug 14-17: Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.
Aug 15-17: Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Uni-run, creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Aug 16: Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
Aug 16: River City Writers’ Conference, Brisbane, QLD. General lit with writing industry focus.
Aug 16-22: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 19: National Reading Hour, nationwide, 6-7pm. Events to celebrate reading.
Aug 19-21: Ashgrove LitFestival, Ashgrove, QLD. Gen. lit, school-hosted.
Aug 21-24: Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 21-31: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Aug 22-31: Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Aug 26: Queensland Business Writers’ Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Corporate.
Aug 29-30: Australian Medical Writers Association Conference, Sydney, NSW. Medical.
Aug 29-31: Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.
Aug 29-31: Zine and Comic Symposium, Brisbane, QLD. Zines and comics.
Aug 30-31: Book Expo Australia, Sydney. Marketplace.
Aug 30-31: Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.
Aug 30-31: Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Bracken Ridge Library and Shorncliffe, QLD. Gen. lit. and indigenous.


Sep 1-30: Sydney Fringe, Sydney, NSW. Gen lit components.
Sep 2-3: Manuscript Assessor Conference, Melbourne, VIC. MS assessors, editors.
Sep 3: Indigenous Literacy Day, national events. General lit, YA and children’s focus.
Sep 3-7: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.
Sep 5-7: Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words, Port Fairy, VIC. General lit.
Sep 5-7: Emerging Writers Festival Adelaide, Adelaide, SA. General lit.
Sep 6-7: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Sep 10-14: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. General lit.
Sep 12-14: Big Sky Writers and Readers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
Sep 13-14: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Sep 13-14: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns, QLD. General lit.
Sep 15-19: Australian Library and Information Association conference, Melbourne, VIC. Industry.
Sep 20: Langhorne Creek Writers Festival, SA. Workshops and presentations.
Sep 28-29: Tasmanian Poetry Festival (part 1), Sheffield, TAS. Poetry.


Oct 1-4: Mt Isa Writers Festival, Mt Isa, QLD. Gen. lit. (no website)
Oct 2-4: The 12th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA), Toowoomba, QLD. Academic.
Oct 2-5: National Young Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.
Oct 3-6: Conflux 10, Canberra, ACT. Genre and pop culture.
Oct 4: Coal Creek Literary Festival, Korumburra, VIC. Gen. lit.
Oct 4-6: Tasmanian Poetry Festival (part 2), Launceston, TAS. Poetry.
Oct 10-11: Wollongong Writers Festival, Wollongong, NSW. Gen. lit
Oct 10-12: Whitsunday Writers Festival, Airlie Beach, QLD. Gen. lit.
Oct 11-12: CrimeScene, Perth, WA. Crime.
Oct 12: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
Oct 18-19: Home Grown: A Literary Feast, Hervey Bay, QLD. Gen. lit. No website. Try Fraser Coast Libraries website.
Oct 19: Brisbane Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. For writers groups and those interested in joining one.
Oct 23-26: Reality Bites, Cooroy, QLD. Nonfiction.
Oct 24-26: Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. General lit, YA.
Oct 31: Clunes Booktown for Kids, Clunes, VIC. Schools.
Oct 31 – Nov 1: Celebrate Reading National Conference – Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults, Fremantle, WA. Children’s, YA, educational.
Oct 31 – Nov 2: Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Perth, WA. General.

Watch for:


Nov 1: Clunes Booktown for Kids, Clunes, VIC. Children’s.
Nov 1 and 17: Writers Unleashed: Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival, Gymea, NSW. General lit.
Nov 8: Emerging Writers Festival Roadshow, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney, NSW. General lit.
Nov 13-14: Independent Publishers Conference, Sydney, NSW. Indie publishing.
Nov 14-16: Crime and Justice Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Non-fic, crime fiction component.
Nov 15: Toowoomba Writers’ Festival, Toowoomba, QLD. General lit, poetry focus, workshops.
Nov 15: City of Rockingham Writing and Reading Expo, WA. Gen lit.
Nov 16: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.
Nov 21-23: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 21-26: untitled Literary Festival, Stonnington, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 24-30: Clare Writers’ Festival, SA. Gen lit, strong on genre.
Nov 28-30: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 30: Eat Your Words, Brisbane, QLD. Gen. lit., craft focus.

Watch for:


Dec 1: Freelance Focus, part of Storyology, Sydney, NSW. Industry advice for freelancers.
Dec 1-4: Storyology, Sydney, NSW. Broad industry focus.
Dec 5-7: Sydney Freecon, Clemton Park, NSW. Speculative fiction.
Dec 14: Whispers, Brisbane, QLD. Author readings.


A list of 2015 events is available here.

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14 thoughts on “2014 Australian Literary Festival Calendar

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  3. The Bayside Literary festival has now becomne a Literary Series and will commence in February and run programs thought the year, the link is still the same. Cheers Karyn (Manager Libraries)

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  5. Hi Jason,
    Great list! It so helpful, found out about the CYA Conference from your list and entered their comp. Its not that easy to find all of these individually online. Also, love the idea of organising a writers retreat – I read your post on that and it sounds like it was well worth it. Lisa

  6. Cheers, Lisa, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I can recommend the writing retreat, even if you just do it with some writing buddies and devote a few days away to getting some words down. Key thing is to pick a place that offers a mix of convenience, suitability, atmosphere and limited distraction!

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