2017 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).


For 2018 events, please see the 2018 calendar



Watch for these throughout the year:


Jan 21: SCBWI Books From Your Backyard, Perth, WA. Children’s.
Jan 24-28: ABPA Golden Damper Awards Bush Poetry Performance Competition, Tamworth NSW. Bush poetry.
Jan 27-29: Yellamundie National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival, Sydney, NSW. Plays.


Feb 4-5: RTX Australia, Sydney, NSW. Computer gaming.
Feb 9-12: Festival of the Photocopier and Zine Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Zines.
Feb 10-12: Writers, Readers and Poets Weekend, Beechworth, VIC. Gen. lit.
Feb 11-12: JLF Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC. Branch of Jaipur Lit. Fest. Gen. lit.
February 13-17: Australian Library and Information Association Information Online 2017 Conference, Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Feb 16-26: Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival, Orange, NSW. Bush poetry.
Feb 18-19: Australian Comic Arts Festival, Canberra, ACT. Comics, graphic novels, industry.
Feb 21: Woollahra Poets’ Picnic, Sydney, NSW. Poetry, spoken word.
Feb 23-26: Perth Writers Festival, Perth, WA. Gen. lit. (Part of Perth International Arts Festival)
Feb 24-26: Australian Romance Readers Convention, Canberra, ACT. Romance. (Biennial)


Mar 1-5: Noted Festival, Canberra, ACT. Experimental, general lit., includes digital stream.
Mar 2-5: Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival, Dunedoo NSW. Bush poetry.
Mar 4-9: Adelaide Writers Week, Adelaide, SA. Gen. lit. Part of Adelaide Festival.
Mar 12: Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Children’s Festival, Jindabyne, NSW. Children’s.
Mar 15-17: Somerset Celebration of Literature, Gold Coast, QLD. Children’s, YA, gen lit.
Mar 15-17: Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
Mar 16-19: Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Art/illustrated books.
Mar 17-19: John O’Brien Festival, Narrandera, NSW. Bush poetry.
Mar 18: Dromkeen Literary Festival, Riddells Creek, VIC. Children’s
Mar 18-19: Jugiong Writers Festival, Jugiong, NSW. Gen. lit.
Mar 25: Creative Non-Fiction Festival, Sydney, NSW. Non-fiction, industry focus.
Mar 25-26: Oz Comic-Con, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
May 25-28: Savannah: Townsville’s Festival of Stories, Townsville, QLD. Gen. lit.
Mar 26: Ipswich Poetry Feast, Ipswich, QLD. Poetry.
Mar 29 — 1 Apr: Emergence creative festival, Margaret River, WA. Multi-media, cross-disciplinary.


Apr 1-2: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Apr 1-2: Rock and Roll Writers Festival, Brisbane. QLD. Music and writing.
Apr 7-19: Newcastle Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.
Apr 8: CapriCon, Rockhampton, QLD. Steampunk, pop culture.
Apr 8-13, 22: Literary Youth Festival, Perth, WA. Young writers focus.
Apr 9: Rock and Roll Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Music and writing.
Apr 13-17 (Easter): Swancon, Perth, WA. Spec fic. Includes Aurealis Awards presentation night (14th).
Apr 21-23: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 21-23: Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Apr 21-30: Unearthed Pemberton, Pemberton, WA. Gen. lit. stream.
Apr 22 — May 7: Shakespeare on the River, Stratford, VIC. Things Shakespeare.
Apr 23-29: Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Brisbane, Shorncliffe, Bracken Ridge, QLD. Gen. lit.
Apr 28-30: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 29-30: Armadale Writers Festival, Armadale, WA. General lit.
Apr 29-30: Boonah Writers Festival, Boonah, QLD. Gen. lit.
Apr 30: South West Bush Poets Festival, Busselton, WA. Bush poetry.
Apr 30: Science for Science Fiction, Melbourne, VIC. Science fiction, industry focus.


May 1-31: Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Queenscliff, Point Londsdale, VIC. Various events during the month. Gen. lit.
May 4-21: Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry, drama, performance.
May 5-7: Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
May 6-7: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 12-14: Two Fires Festival, Braidwood, NSW. Inspired by Judith Wright; activism and arts/lit. (Biennial)
May 18-21: NT Writers Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Gen lit. (alternates with Darwin annually)
May 19-28: Latrobe City Literary Festival, Traralgon, Moe, VIC. Series of events. Gen. lit.
May 20: KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Kids and YA, industry.
May 20: Moorabool Festival of Stories, Bacchus Marsh, Vic. Gen. lit.
May 22-28: Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 24: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Childrens reading initiative.
May 26-28: Sydney Writers Festival Live and Local, Mandurah, WA. Gen. lit., streaming and local live event.
May 27-30: Varuna-Sydney Writers Festival, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.


Jun 1 — Jul 31: WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Author talk series. Gen. lit.
Jun 2-3: Reading Matters, Melbourne, VIC. YA.
Jun 2-4: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
Jun 3-4: Unspoken Words, Sydney, NSW. Poetry, spoken word.
June 8-12: Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. All things Lawson.
Jun 9-11: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
Jun 9-12: Continuum 13, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic, pop culture.
Jun 9-12: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
Jun 14-23: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 16-18: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Jun 16-18: Whitsunday Writers Festival, Airlie Beach, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 17-18: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
Jun 18-19: Australian Booksellers Association Conference and Trade Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC. Industry.
Jun 20-22: Outback Writers Festival, Winton, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 22 — 9 Jul: Glen Eira Storytelling Festival — Off the Page, Glen Eira, VIC. Series of events. Gen. lit.
Jun 23-25: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Jun 24: Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, TBC. Fairy tales.
Jun 30 — Jul 9: Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit. Inc. Rare Book Fair Jul 7-9.


Jul 1: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 1-2: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jul 8-9: Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14.
Jul 11-14: Association for the Study of Australian Literature Annual Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Academic.
Jul 12-14: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Jul 13-16: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 14-16: Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jul 15: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit.
Jul 18-22: Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. YA.
Jul 21-22: USQ Bookcase, Toowoomba, QLD. Uni-based, gen. lit.
Jul 21-30: Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
Jul 22: Speculative Fiction Festival, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic.
Jul 22: Midwinter Words, Portarlington, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jul 22: Orange Writers Festival, Orange, NSW. Gen. lit.
Jul 29-30: Apollo Bay Writers Festival (incorporating Warm Winter Words), Apollo Bay, VIC. General lit, poetry slam.
Jul 30-31: Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival, Bridgetown, WA. Gen. lit., poetry.
Jul 31 – Aug 1: WA Writing and Publishing Sector Forum 2017, Perth, WA. Industry.


Aug 1-31: Imagine August, all Logan libraries, QLD. Series of events, speculative fiction.
Aug 4-6: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 4-13: Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
Aug 5: Sugar City Con, Mackay, QLD. Pop culture.
Aug 11-13: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. General lit.
Aug 11-13: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Brisbane, QLD. Romance.
Aug 11-13: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.
Aug 11-20: Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry
Aug 12: National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Aug 12-13: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 12-13: Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival, Coolum Beach, QLD. Gen lit.
Aug 18-25: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 18-27: Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Aug 19: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 19: New Norcia Writers Festival, New Norcia, WA. Gen. lit.
Aug 21-23: Zine & Indie Comic Symposium, Brisbane, QLD. Comics, zines, graphic story telling.
Aug 22-24: Ashgrove LitFestival, Ashgrove, QLD. Gen. lit, school-hosted.
Aug 24-26: Australasian Medical Writers Association Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Medical.
Aug 24-26: Storyology, Brisbane, QLD. Journalism.
Aug 24-27: Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.
Aug 25-27: Thirroul Readers & Writers Festival, Thirroul (Wollongong), NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 25-27: Canberra Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. General lit.
Aug 25 — Sep 3: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Aug 26: Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.
Aug 27: Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Writing.
Aug 28-30: Storyology,Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, VIC. Journalism.


Sep 1-8: Festival of a Thousand Stories, Bourke, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 2-3: BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Crime.
Sep 2-10: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich, QLD. Children’s, industry. (Biennial)
Sep 6: Indigenous Literacy Day, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
Sep 6: Odyssey — Line By Line, Carlton, VIC. Gen. lit.
Sep 6-10: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.
Sep 8-9: Batemans Bay Writers Festival, Batemans Bay, NSW. General lit.
Sep 8-10: Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Historical fiction. (Biennial)
Sep 8-10: Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Sep 8-10: St Albans Writers Festival, St Albans, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 8-10: Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words, Port Fairy, VIC. General lit.
Sep 9: Level UP — SCBWI ACT Inaugural Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT. Children’s, industry.
Sep 13-15: IPEd National Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Editors association.
Sep 13-17: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 14: Australian Reading Hour, national. Pick up a book, share the love!
Sep 14-21: Poetry on the Move, Canberra, ACT. Poetry.
Sep 14 — Oct 1: Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne, VIC. Lit performance element.
Sep 15-17: Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival, Hobart, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Sep 15-17: Sorcery to Spaceships, Armidale, NSW. Spec. fic.
Sep 15-17: WestWordsFest, Dubbo, NSW. Spec. fic.
Sep 16: Rockingham Writers Convention, Rockingham, WA. Industry.
Sep 23: PopCon, Ballarat, VIC. Popular culture, gaming, YA.
Sep 23-24: CrimeScene, Perth, WA. Crime fiction and non-fiction.
Sep 23-24: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Sep 23-24: Tonerpalooza, Melbourne, VIC. Zine fair.
Sep 25-28: Castlemaine Childrens Literature Festival, Castlemaine, VIC. Children’s.
Sep 27-29: Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival, Mandurah, WA. Gen. lit, schools component.
Sep 28 — Oct 1: National Young Writers Festival. Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.
Sep 29 — Oct 2: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
Sep 30: Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Sheffield fringe event, TAS. Poetry, performance.
Sep 30 — Oct 1: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.


Oct 6-8: Newstead Short Story Tattoo, Newstead, VIC. Gen. lit., performance
Oct 6-7: Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Launceston, TAS. Poetry.
Oct 6-8: WriteFest, Bundaberg, QLD. General lit.
Oct 8: Coal Creek Literary Festival, Korumburra, VIC. Gen. lit.
Oct 18: Storylines Literary Festival, Perth, WA. YA.
Oct 21-22: CJ Dennis Festival, Toolangi, VIC. Poetry.
Oct 22: Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books, Adelaide, SA. Children’s.
Oct 24 — Nov 3: Digital Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Oct 27-28: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. YA, high school focus.
Oct 28: Boundless: a festival of diverse writers, Bankstown, NSW. Indigenous, multicultural focus.
Oct 28-29: Sports Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Sports writing.


Nov 1-30: National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, international (local events, online). Writing.
Nov 3-4: Sports Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Sports writing.
Nov 3-5: Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, SA. Short stories.
Nov 3-5: Sydney Freecon, Sydney, NSW. Speculative fiction.
Nov 9-18: Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, various locations within Brimbank city, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 10: Design Canberra – National Design Writing Conference, Canberra, ACT. Design + writing.
Nov 10-12: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 10-12: GenreCon, Brisbane, QLD. Romance, crime, speculative fiction, industry. (biennial)
Nov 10-12: Scone Long Literary Weekend, Scone, NSW. Gen. lit.
Nov 16-18: Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Indie publishing, inc. academic and student streams.
Nov 16-20: untitled Literary Festival, Stonnington, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 17-19: Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Uni-run, creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Nov 18-19: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 24-26: Wollongong Writers Festival, Wollongong, NSW. Gen. lit.
Nov 25: Young Writers Conference, Brisbane, QLD. Industry, for writers aged 15-25.
Nov 25-26: Clare Writers’ Festival, SA. Gen lit, strong on genre.



For 2018 events, please see the 2018 calendar

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