Watch for: previously held or pending, with dates or information to be confirmed for current year (TBC).
Reach out (events lists):
- BUSH POETRY: The Australian Bush Poets Association maintains a list of events for bush poets, at times run in conjunction with other festivals.
- ROMANCE: Australian Romance Readers has a finger on the pulse of romance-related book events.
- MELBOURNE: Melbourne, as a City of Literature, has a calendar of events including workshops, launches and presentations.
- MELBOURNE: The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne has a busy program of author talks and panels year round.
Writers looking to hone their craft and connect with their peers, reach out to local groups. For example, some of my local:
- BENDIGO, Vic: Bendigo Writers Council has monthly author talks
- GEELONG, Vic: Geelong Writers and Scribes Writers are active groups
- BALLARAT, Vic: Ballarat Writers holds monthly meetings
If an internet search isn’t helpful, try your state or district writers centre for contacts and support. Industry body the Australian Association of Authors also may offer professional advice and connections.
WRITERS CENTRES (your first port of call for inquiries literary):
- ACT WC
- NSW WC
- Hunter WC, NSW
- Outback WC, Orana, NSW
- New England WC, Armidale, NSW
- Varuna (Blue Mountains, NSW)
- NT WC
- QLD WC
- SA WC
- TAS WC
- VIC Writers
- WA WC
- Katharine Susannah Prichard WC, Perth, WA
- Rockingham WC, Rockingham, WA
2021 EVENTS ARE BEING HELD UNDER THE CLOUD OF ONGOING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND DETAILS MAY CHANGE SUDDENLY.
Jan 31 ONLINE: Mass Con, Adelaide, SA. Speculative fiction, pop culture.
Feb 5-28: Perth Festival, Perth, WA. Includes gen. lit.
Feb 8-10 ONLINE: ALIA Information Online conference, Sydney, NSW. Libraries.
Feb 13-21: Orange Banjo Paterson Festival, Orange, NSW. Bush poetry, Banjo.
Feb 20 ONLINE: Festival of the Photocopier and Zine Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Zines
Feb 25-27 + Mar 1-5 ONLINE : Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. Schools (YA, children’s) focus.
Feb 27: GenreCon, Brisbane, QLD. Romance, crime, speculative fiction, industry. (Biennial)
Feb 27 – Mar 4 (ONLINE COMPONENT): Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA. Gen. lit. stream.
Mar 5-7: Stories of Influence, Lake Tyers, VIC. Gen. lit.
Mar 6-7: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Mar 13: Kids & YA Festival, Sydney, NSW. Kids, YA.
Mar 13-14: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Mar 13-20: Somerset Storyfest (was Somerset Celebration of Literature), Gold Coast, QLD. Children’s, YA, gen lit.
Mar 19: Read To Me Day, international. Share the love.
Mar 24-26: Emergence creative festival, Margaret River, WA. Multi-media, cross-disciplinary. (Biennial)
Mar 25-28: Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield, NSW. Bush poetry.
Scone Literary Festival, Scone, NSW. Gen. lit.
Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Art/illustrated books.
Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, various locations within Brimbank city, VIC. Gen. lit.
John O’Brien Festival, Narrandera, NSW. Bush poetry.
Bookfest: Goulburn Reader Writer Festival, Goulburn, NSW. Gen. lit.
Canberra Womens Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. Women, gen. lit.
Apr 8-11: Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong, VIC. Bush poetry.
Apr 10-11: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 16-18: Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Apr 17-18: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 23 – May 8: Shakespeare on the River, Stratford, VIC. Things Shakespeare.
Apr 24-26: Swancon, Perth, WA. Spec fic.
Apr 28: Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Sydney, NSW. Industry.
May 1-2: Boonah Writers Festival, Boonah, QLD. Gen. lit.
May 1-2: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 3-9: Scribblers, Claremont, WA. YA, children’s.
May 7-9: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Gen. lit.
May 7-9: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 14-16: Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, Penola and Coonawarra, SA. Gen. lit. stream.
May 14-16: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
May 17-23: Library and Information Week, national. Libraries.
May 19: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Encouraging reading.
May 22-23: Jugiong Writers Festival, Jugiong, NSW. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Melbourne Jewish Book Week, St Kilda, VIC. Jewish literature.
Yarra Valley Writers Festival, Healesville, Vic. Gen. lit.
Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Queenscliff, Point Londsdale, VIC. Series of weekend events. Gen. lit.
Bayside Readers and Writers Festival, Highett, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 4-6: Denmark Festival of Voice, Denmark, WA. Includes poetry, spoken word, readings, talks.
Jun 5: Creative Kids Tales Writers Festival, Gymea, NSW. Childrens.
Jun 11-13: Capricorn Coast Writers Festival, Yeppoon, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 11-14: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
Jun 12 (ONLINE), 14: Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Fairy tales.
Jun 12: KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Kids and YA, industry.
Jun 18-20: StoryFest, Milton region, NSW. Gen. lit.
Jun 18-20: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
Jun 19-20: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Jun 26-27: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Jun 26-27: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Jun 28-30: IPEd national editors conference, Hobart, Tas. Editing, industry. (Biennial)
Continuum, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic, pop culture.
Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
Henry Lawson Heritage Festival, Gulgong, NSW. Bush poetry and all things Henry.
Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, Glen Eira, VIC. Series of events. Gen. lit.
Outback Writers Festival, Winton, QLD. Gen. lit.
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference, TBC. Oz lit, academic.
WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Author talk series. Gen. lit.
Jul weekends ONLINE: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 3-4: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jul 15-18: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 23-25: Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jul 31: KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Kids and YA, industry.
Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit. Includes Rare Book Fair
Australian Booksellers Association Conference and Trade Exhibition, Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. Gen. lit.
Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14.
Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Noosa Alive, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Spoken word, poetry, slam.
Shoalhaven Readers & Writers Festival, Nowra, NSW. Children’s.
Phillip Island Festival of Stories, Phillip Island, VIC. Gen. lit.
Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.
Perth Comic Arts Festival, Perth, WA. Comics.
Aug 6-8: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 12-15: RWA Conference, Gold Coast, QLD. Romance
Aug 13-15: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns, QLD. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Aug 20-21: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 21-27: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 28: CapriCon, Rockhampton, QLD. Steampunk, pop culture.
Aug 30 – Sep 4: Indigenous Literacy Week, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
Canberra Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. General lit.
Romance Writers of Australia conference, Fremantle, WA. Romance.
Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Jewish.
Australasian Medical Writers Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Medical.
Orange Readers and Writers Festival, Orange, NSW. Gen. lit.
Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Armadale Writers Festival, Armadale, WA. General lit.
Sep 3-12: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Sep 10-12: BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Crime.
Sep 24-26: Newcastle Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.
Australia Reads, various. Includes Australian Reading Hour on Sep 17. Reading promotion.
Love YA, Brisbane, QLD. YA. Part of Brisbane Writers Festival.
Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
New Norcia Writers Festival, New Norcia, WA. Gen. lit.
WestWordsFest, Dubbo, NSW. Gen. lit, genre.
Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.
Giiyong Festival, Jigamy, NSW. Indigenous.
Blak & Bright: The Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Indigenous.
Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Rockingham Writers Convention, Rockingham, WA. Industry.
Oct 1-4: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
Oct 2-4: Write On Festival (formerly Flash Fiction Fun Weekend), Canberra, ACT. Industry.
Oct 8-10: Omega Writers Conference, Kingscliff, NSW. Christian.
Oct 22-24: Blue Mountains Writers Festival, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.
Oct 29-30: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. Kids.
NT Writers Festival, Darwin, NT. Gen lit.
Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
National Young Writers Festival. Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.
National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Heroines Book Month, Thirroul and district, NSW. Spec fic, historical.
Mountain Writers Festival, Macedon, VIC. Gen. lit., nature and place focus.
Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, SA. Short stories.
Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Launceston, TAS. Poetry.
Coal Creek Literary Festival, Korumburra, VIC. Gen. lit.
Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Writing.
Odyssey Literary Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Genre, industry.
Stories of Influence, Lake Tyers, VIC. Gen. lit.
Digital Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, Cygnet and surrounds, TAS. Crime, mystery.
CJ Dennis Festival, Toolangi, VIC. Poetry.
Nov 6-7: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 5-7: Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, SA. Short stories.
Nov 13-14: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 8-28: Design Canberra – National Design Writing Conference, Canberra, ACT. Design + writing.
Story Week, online. Gen. lit.
Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Perth, WA. Presenters include journalists and writers.
Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne, VIC. Lit performance element.
Feminist Writers Festival, Melb and Geelong, VIC. (biennial)
Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference, TBC. Academic.
Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Indie publishing, inc. academic and student streams.
Poetry on the Move, Canberra, ACT. Poetry.
Hobart Writers Festival, Hobart, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, Sydney, NSW. Children’s. (Biennial)
Goulburn Comic Con, Goulburn, NSW. Comics. (Biennial)
The Children’s Book Council of Australia National Conference, TBC. Kids, YA, industry. (Biennial)
Two Fires Festival, Braidwood, NSW. Inspired by Judith Wright; activism and arts/lit. (Biennial)
Speculate: the Victorian speculative writers festival, Melbourne, VIC. Spec.fic.
National Play Festival, Sydney, NSW. Theatre. (Biennial)
Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, Sydney, NSW. Student focus. (Biennial)
Reading Matters, Melbourne, VIC. YA. (Biennial)
Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival, Hobart, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books, Adelaide, SA. Children’s.
Quantum Words Perth, Perth, WA. Science, creativity. (Biennial)
Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Conference, Parramatta, NSW. Historical fiction. (Biennial)
Wollongong Writers Festival, Wollongong, NSW. Gen. lit.
Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Beaconsfield region, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
untitled Literary Festival, Stonnington, VIC. Gen. lit.
Red Dirt Poetry Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Poetry, spoken word. (Biennial)