2016 Australian Literary Festival Calendar

An ongoing listing of literature-related events in Australia. Feel free to contact me with additions and corrections.

Watch for: previously held or pending, with dates or information to be confirmed for current year (TBC).


Watch for these throughout the year:


Jan 15-17: 2high Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Arts fest inc. theatre, spoken word.
Jan 16: SCBWI Books From Your Backyard, Perth, WA. Children’s.
Jan 19-22: ABPA Golden Damper Awards Bush Poetry Performance Competition DOCX, Tamworth, NSW. Bush poetry performance.
Jan 23-24: RTX Australia, Sydney, NSW. Computer gaming.


Feb 12: ArtsHub Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Arts industry
Feb 12-14: Writers, Readers and Poets Weekend, Beechworth, VIC. Gen. lit.
Feb 13-17: Festival of the Photocopier and Zine Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Zines.
Feb 17-21: Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival, Orange, NSW. Bush poetry.
Feb 18-21: Blak & Bright: The Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
Feb 18-21: Perth Writers Festival, Perth, WA. Gen. lit. (Part of Perth International Arts Festival)
Feb 20-21: Australian Comic Arts Festival, Canberra, ACT. Comics, graphic novels, industry.
Feb 21-23: Perth Writers Festival in the Great Southern, Albany and Denmark, WA. Gen. lit.
Feb 24: Woollahra Poets’ Picnic, Sydney, NSW. Poetry, spoken word.
Feb 27 — 3 Mar: Adelaide Writers Week, Adelaide, SA. Gen. lit. Part of Adelaide Festival.


Mar 4-5: Readers and Writers Down Under, Gold Coast, QLD. Romance
Mar 9-11: National Screenwriters Conference, Phillip Island, VIC. Screenwriting.
Mar 9-11: Somerset Celebration of Literature, Gold Coast, QLD. Children’s, YA, gen lit.
Mar 16-19: Emergence creative festival, Margaret River, WA. Multi-media, cross-disciplinary.
Mar 16-20: Noted Festival, Canberra, ACT. Experimental, general lit., includes digital stream.
Mar 18-20: Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Beaconsfield region, TAS. Gen. lit.
Mar 18-20: John O’Brien Festival, Narrandera, NSW. Bush poetry.
Mar 19: NSW Writers Centre Playwriting Festival, Sydney, NSW. Playwriting.
Mar 19: Dromkeen Literary Festival, Riddells Creek, VIC. Children’s.
Mar 24-28 (Easter): Swancon, Perth, WA. Spec fic.
Mar 25 (Easter Friday): Aurealis Awards, Brisbane, QLD. Spec fic awards night. (Hosted by Contact2016, below)
Mar 25-28 (Easter): Contact2016 (national science fiction convention), Brisbane, QLD. Spec fic.
Mar 26: Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival, Jindabyne, NSW. Children’s.


Apr 1-3: Newcastle Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. Gen. lit.
Apr 2-3: Oz Comic-Con, Perth, WA.Pop culture.
Apr 2-3: Rock and Roll Writers Festival, Brisbane. QLD. Music and writing.
Apr 8-10: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 9-10: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Apr 12, 15, 16: Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Brisbane, Shorncliffe, Bracken Ridge, QLD. Gen. lit.
Apr 15-17: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 15-17: Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Apr 17: Ipswich Poetry Feast, Ipswich, QLD. Poetry.
POSTPONED TILL 2017: Lighthouse Literary Fest, Aireys Inlet, VIC. General lit.
Apr 24-30: South West Bush Poets Festival, Busselton, WA. Bush poetry.
Apr 29 — May 1: Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Art/illustrated books.
Apr 30 — May 1: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Gen. lit.
Apr 30 — May 1: Shakespeare on the River, Stratford, VIC. Things Shakespeare.


May 5-8: Wordstorm, Darwin, NT. Gen. lit.
May 5-21: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry, drama, performance.
May 7: KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Children’s, industry.
May 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-28: Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Queenscliff, Point Londsdale, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 7-8: Spec Fic and Fantasy Writers Fest, Adelaide, SA. Speculative fiction.
May 15-22: Varuna-Sydney Writers Festival, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 16-22: Sydney Writers’ Festival, NSW. General lit.
May 20-21: The Children’s Book Council of Australia 12th National Conference, Sydney, NSW. Kids, YA, industry.
May 20-22: Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
May 21-23: Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
May 22: Sydney Writers’ Festival in the Highlands, Bowral, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 25: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Childrens reading initiative.
May 26 — July 26: WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Author talk series. Gen. lit.
May 29: Latrobe City Literary Festival, Traralgon, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 29-30: Australian Booksellers Association Conference and Trade Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC. Industry.


Jun 3-6: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
Jun 4-8: Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. YA.
Jun 8-9: CommsDirect, Melbourne VIC. Industry, media.
Jun 8-11: Her Majesty’s Really Great Graphical Festival, Hobart, TAS. Zines, comics, illustration.
Jun 9-11: Batemans Bay Writers and Readers Festival, Batemans Bay, NSW. General lit.
June 9-13: Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. All things Lawson.
Jun 10-13: Continuum 12, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic.
Jun 10-13: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
Jun 11-12: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jun 11-13: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
Jun 14-24: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 17-19: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Jun 18-19: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
Jun 18 – Jul 3: Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, Glen Eira, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 24-26: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Jun 25: NSW Writers Centre Kids and YA Festival, Sydney, NSW. Children’s, YA.
Jun 26: Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Fairy tales.


Jul 1-3: Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. General lit.
Jul 1-3: Bundy Bush Poetry Muster (PDF), Bundaberg, QLD. Bush poetry.
Jul 2: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 4-10: Comic Con-versation, Sydney (5 libraries), NSW. Comics, graphic novels.
Jul 6-9: Association for the Study of Australian Literature Annual Conference, Canberaa, ACT. Academic.
Jul 9-10: Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14.
Jul 13-16: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Jul 14-17: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 15-17: Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jul 15-24: Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
Jul 16: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit.
Jul 21-31: Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit., sales.
Jul 22-23: USQ Bookcase, Toowoomba, QLD. Uni-based, gen. lit.
Jul 24-27: Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale, Gladstone, QLD. General lit.
Jul 27-30: National Play Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Theatre.
Jul 30-31: Bezerkacon, Croydon, NSW. Comics, art, tabletop gaming.
Jul 30-31: Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival, Bridgetown, WA. Gen. lit., poetry. Email kmatthews@bridgetown.wa.gov.au for details.
Jul 30-31: Apollo Bay Writers Festival (incorporating Warm Winter Words), Apollo Bay, VIC. General lit, poetry slam.
Jul 31: Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Writing.
Jul 31 — Aug 2: Red Dirt Poetry Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Poetry, spoken word.


Aug 1-31: Imagine August, all Logan libraries, QLD. Series of events, speculative fiction.
Aug 5-7: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 5-7: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.
Aug 5-7: Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
Aug 5-14: Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry
Aug 8-10: Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, Sydney, NSW. Student focus.
Aug 10-13: Storyology, Sydney, NSW. Journalism.
Aug 12-14: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. General lit.
Aug 12-14: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns, QLD. Gen. lit.
Aug 13: National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Aug 13: New Norica Writers Festival, New Norica, WA. Gen. lit.
Aug 13-14: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 13-14: Sugar City Con, Mackay, QLD. Pop culture.
Aug 16: National Reading Hour, nationwide. Events to celebrate reading.
Aug 19-21: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Adelaide, SA. Romance.
Aug 19-28: Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Aug 20-21: #20ZICSteen, Brisbane, QLD. Zines and comics.
Aug 20-26: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 23-25: Ashgrove LitFestival, Ashgrove, QLD. Gen. lit, school-hosted.
Aug 25: FINAL Queensland Business Writers’ Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Corporate.
Aug 25-27: Australasian Medical Writers Association Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ*. Medical.
Aug 25 — Sep 4: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Aug 26-28: Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.
Aug 26-28: Canberra Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. General lit.
Aug 26-28: Feminist Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit., feminism (in conjunction with Melbourne Writers Festival).
Aug 28: Melbourne Chinese Writers Festival, Richmond, VIC. Bilingual, gen. lit.
Aug 29-30: Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.
Aug 29 — Sep 1: Australian Library and Information Association Information Online Conference, Adelaide, SA. Industry.


Sep 1 – Nov 30: Write Along the Highway, various locations, WA. Gen. lit., writing.
Sep 1: #YAFanfest16, Paddington, NSW. Run by Allen & Unwin, targeting YA readers.
Sep 1-11: Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, various locations within Brimbank city, VIC. Gen. lit.
Sep 2-4: Whitsunday Writers Festival, Airlie Beach, QLD. Gen. lit.
Sep 2-4: Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Sep 2-4: Thirroul Readers & Writers Festival, Thirroul (Wollongong), NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 2-10: Festival of a Thousand Stories, Bourke, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 4: Writers in the Park, Sydney, NSW. Children’s, gen. lit.
Sep 4-6: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, Sydney, NSW. Biennial. Children’s.
Sep 6-16:Poetry on the Move, Canberra, ACT. Poetry.
Sep 7: Indigenous Literacy Day, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
Sep 7-11: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.
Sep 7-11: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 9-11: Batemans Bay Writers Festival, Batemans Bay, NSW. General lit.
Sep 9-11: Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words, Port Fairy, VIC. General lit.
Sep 9-11: Avon Valley Writers Festival, York,Toodyay and Northam, WA. Gen lit.
Sep 9-11: Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival, Coolum Beach, QLD. Gen lit.
Sep 10-11: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Sep 16-17: Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
Sep 16-18: St Albans Writers Festival, St Albans, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 17: Rockingham Writers Convention, Rockingham, WA. Industry.
Sep 17-18: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Sep 20-23: Castlemaine Childrens Literature Festival, Castlemaine, VIC. Children’s.
Sep 26 — Oct 2: Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Launceston, TAS. Poetry.
Sep 29 — Oct 2: National Young Writers Festival. Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.
Sep 30 — Oct 3: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.


Oct 1-2: CrimeScene, Perth, WA. Crime fiction and non-fiction.
CANCELLED Book Expo Australia, Sydney. Marketplace, talks.
Oct 8-10: WriteFest, Bundaberg, QLD. General lit. Being run in conjunction with Crush Festival Bundaberg (Oct 7-16).
Oct 9: Coal Creek Literary Festival, Korumburra, VIC. Gen. lit.
Oct 12-16: Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival, Mandurah, WA. Gen. lit, schools component.
Oct 14-19: Sports Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Sports writing.
Oct 15-16: Australian Movie and Comic Expo, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Oct 21-23: Australian Short Story Festival, Perth, WA. Short stories.
CANCELLED Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
Oct 22-23: CJ Dennis Festival, Toolangi, VIC. Poetry.
Oct 28-29: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. YA, high school focus.


Nov 1-11: Digital Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 1-30: National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, international (local events, online). Writing.
Nov 3-4: Storylines Literary Festival, Perth, WA. YA.
Nov 4-6: Scone Long Literary Weekend, Scone, NSW. Gen. lit.
Nov 9-12: Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Indie publishing, inc. academic and student streams.
Nov 11-12: Crime and Justice Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Non-fic, crime fiction component.
Nov 11-13: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 12: Quantum Words Festival, Sydney, NSW. Science in writing.
Nov 16-23: untitled Literary Festival, Stonnington, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 18-19: SheKilda3, Melbourne, VIC. Crime (run by Sisters in Crime)
Nov 18-20: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
CANCELLED: Queermance, Melbourne, VIC. GLBT
Nov 18-20:Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Uni-run, creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Nov 23-27: Wollongong Writers Festival, Wollongong, NSW. Gen. lit.
Nov 26-27: Clare Writers’ Festival, SA. Gen lit, strong on genre.


Dec 9-11: Sydney Freecon, Sydney, NSW. Speculative fiction.
Dec 11-12: Women in Comics Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Comics, graphic novels, zines, more.


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