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 locals:
- 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
Also, try your state or district writers centres for contacts and support, and sign up to their newsletters. 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
BE AWARE THAT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS MAY AFFECT EVENTS WITH LITTLE WARNING AND DETAILS MAY CHANGE SUDDENLY.
Feb 11 – 6 March: Perth Festival, Perth, WA. Includes gen. lit.
Feb 12-13: Festival of the Photocopier and Zine Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Zines
Feb 18-20: GenreCon, Brisbane, QLD. Spec fic, romance, crime; industry.
Feb 12-20: Orange Banjo Paterson Festival, Orange, NSW. Bush poetry, Banjo.
Feb 24-26 (ONLINE Feb 28 – Mar 4): Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. Schools (YA, children’s) focus.
Mass Con, Adelaide, SA. Speculative fiction, pop culture.
Mar 5-6: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Mar 5-10: Adelaide Writers Week, Adelaide, SA. Gen. lit.
Mar 11-13: Scone Literary Festival, Scone, NSW. Gen. lit.
Mar 11-14: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC. Musician cross-over, songwriters, poets.
Mar 12-19: Somerset Storyfest (was Somerset Celebration of Literature), Gold Coast, QLD. Children’s, YA, gen lit.
Mar 17-20: Blak & Bright: The Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Indigenous.
Mar 17-26: Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, various locations within Brimbank city, VIC. Gen. lit.
Mar 18-20: Australian Playwrights’ Festival, Paddington, NSW. Plays.
Mar 19: Read To Me Day, international. Share the love.
Mar 19-20 (city), 17-27 (regional): Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne et al, VIC. Art/illustrated books.
Mar 26-27: Oz Comic-Con Homegrown, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Mar 30 – Apr 3: Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield, NSW. Bush poetry.
Apr 1-3: Newcastle Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.
Apr 7-10: Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong, VIC. Bush poetry.
Apr 7-10: Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry, spoken word.
Apr 9: Giiyong Festival, Jigamy, NSW. Indigenous.
Apr 9-10: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 9-10: Bookfest: Goulburn Reader Writer Festival, Goulburn, NSW. Gen. lit.
Apr 28 – May 14: Shakespeare on the River, Stratford, VIC. Things Shakespeare.
Apr 30: Swancon Not-a-con, Perth, WA. Spec fic.
Apr 30 – May 1: Boonah Writers Festival, Boonah, QLD. Gen. lit.
Apr 30 – May 1: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Program, Newcastle NSW. Emerging.
SWF Live and Local, Huonville, TAS. Gen. lit.
Australian Storytellers Festival, Fremantle, WA. Kids, YA focus.
Ipswich Poetry Feast Poets Breakfast, Ipswich, QLD. School focus.
May 3-8: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Gen. lit.
May 4-8: Scribblers, Claremont, WA. YA, children’s.
May 12-15: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 12-15: Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, Penola and Coonawarra, SA. Gen. lit. stream.
May 13-15: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
May 13-29 (weekends): Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Queenscliff, Point Londsdale, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 16-19: ALIA National Conference, Canberra, ACT. Libraries.
May 16-22: Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 21-22: Oz Comic-Con Homegrown, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
May 25: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Encouraging reading.
May 28-31: Melbourne Jewish Book Week, St Kilda, VIC. Jewish literature.
Jun 3-5: Denmark Festival of Voice, Denmark, WA. Includes poetry, spoken word, readings, talks.
Jun 3-6: Words on the Waves, Central Coast, NSW. General lit.
Jun 9: Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Jun 10-12: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
Jun 10-13, 24-26, Jul 8-10: Port Fairy Winter Weekends, Port Fairy, VIC. Inc. literary stream.
Jun 10-13: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
Jun 11-12: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jun 12-13: Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Conference and Trade Exhibition, Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Jun 15-19: Winterwords, Beechworth, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 18-19: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Jun 18-19: Williamstown Literary Festival (Willy Lit Fest), Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
Jun 21-23: Outback Writers Festival, Winton, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 25: Kids & YA Festival, Sydney, NSW. Kids, YA.
Jun 25-26: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Creative Kids Tales Writers Festival, Gymea, NSW. Childrens.
Capricorn Coast Writers Festival, Yeppoon, QLD. Gen. lit.
Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Fairy tales.
Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
FAWQ Readers and Writers Festival, Moreton Bay region, QLD. Gen. lit.
Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, Glen Eira, VIC. Series of events. Gen. lit.
Continuum, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic, pop culture.
Henry Lawson Heritage Festival, Gulgong, NSW. Bush poetry and all things Henry.
WordFest, Melbourne, VIC. Author talk series. Gen. lit.
ONLINE, weekends: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 4-8: Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference, Hobart, TAS. Oz lit, academic.
Jul 13-15: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Jul 14-17: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 25-31: Library and Information Week, national. Libraries.
Rockingham Writers Convention, Rockingham, WA. Industry.
Yarra Valley Writers Festival, Healesville, Vic. Gen. lit.
Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit.
Shoalhaven Readers & Writers Festival, Nowra, NSW. Children’s.
Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.
Orange Readers and Writers Festival, Orange, NSW. Gen. lit.
KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Kids and YA, industry.
Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit. Includes Rare Book Fair
Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14.
Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Spoken word, poetry, slam.
Phillip Island Festival of Stories, Phillip Island, VIC. Gen. lit.
Aug 1: Perth Comic Arts Festival, Perth, WA. Comics.
Aug 1-7: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich, QLD. Children’s.
Aug 1-31: Poetry Month, national. Poetry.
Aug 20-26: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Words in Winter Central Goldfields, Maryborough et al, VIC. Gen. lit.
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns, QLD. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Canberra Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. General lit.
Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
NT Writers Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Gen lit.
CapriCon, Rockhampton, QLD. Steampunk, pop culture.
Salisbury Writers’ Festival, Salisbury, SA. General lit.
Indigenous Literacy Day, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
Australasian Medical Writers Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Medical.
Armadale Writers Festival, Armadale, WA. General lit.
Sep 2-11: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Sep 14-18: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 24-25: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Sep 30 – Oct 3: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
Huon Valley Stories, Huonville, TAS. Gen. lit.
Logan Writers Festival, Loganlea, QLD. Gen. lit.
Dubbo Writers Festival, Dubbo, NSW. Gen. lit, genre.
Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.
Australian Reading Hour, national. Reading promotion.
Words in Winter Daylesford, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
York Festival, York, WA. includes gen. lit. stream
Australian Muslim Writers Festival, online. Gen. lit.
Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
National Young Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.
Oct 6-23: Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne, VIC. Lit performance element.
Oct 8: Love Your Bookshop Day, national. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
Oct 21-23: Blue Mountains Writers Festival, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.
Oct 22-23: Book Links StoryArts Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD. Children’s, industry.
Oct 27-28: Once Upon a Festival, Adelaide, SA. School based, children’s, YA.
Oct 28-29: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. Kids.
Oct 28-30: HeadLand Writers Festival, Tathra, NSW. Gen. lit.
Write On Festival (formerly Flash Fiction Fun Weekend), Canberra, ACT. Industry.
Omega Writers Conference, Kingscliff, NSW. Christian.
Ubud Writersa and Readers Festival Perth, Perth, WA. Gen. lit.
Poetry on the Move, Canberra, ACT. Poetry.
Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Writing.
Heroines Book Month, Thirroul and district, NSW. Spec fic, historical.
Stories of Influence, Lake Tyers, VIC. Gen. lit.
Nov 2-20: Design Canberra – National Design Writing Conference, Canberra, ACT. Design + writing.
Nov 5-6: Mountain Writers Festival, Macedon, VIC. Gen. lit., nature and place focus.
Nov 5-6: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 12-13: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 28-30: Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference, Sippy Downs, QLD. Academic.
Story Week, online. Gen. lit.
Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, SA. Short stories.
In Other Words, Adelaide, SA. Gen. lit. Aus-Asia focus.
Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, Huonville, TAS. Crime, mystery.
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.
Speculate: the Victorian speculative writers festival, Melbourne, VIC. Spec.fic.
Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Jewish.
Southern Waters: A Creative and Critical Symposium, Adelaide, SA. Academic based.
BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Crime.
Kwoorabup Writers Festival, Denmark, WA. Gen. lit.
RWA Conference, Gold Coast, QLD. Romance
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)
Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, Sydney, NSW. Student focus. (Biennial)
Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Perth, WA. Presenters include journalists and writers.
Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. Gen. lit.
Coal Creek Literary Festival, Korumburra, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 16-18: StoryFest, Milton region, NSW. Gen. lit.
National Play Festival, Sydney, NSW. Theatre. (Biennial)
Reading Matters, Melbourne, VIC. YA. (Biennial)
Quantum Words Perth, Perth, WA. Science, creativity. (Biennial)
Goulburn Comic Con, Goulburn, NSW. Comics. (Biennial)
Two Fires Festival, Braidwood, NSW. Inspired by Judith Wright; activism and arts/lit. (Biennial)
Boundless, Bankstown, NSW. Focus on Indigenous, culturally diverse. (Biennial)
Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Conference, Parramatta, NSW. Historical fiction. (Biennial)
Hobart Writers Festival, Hobart, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, Sydney, NSW. Children’s. (Biennial)
IPEd national editors conference. Editing, industry. (Biennial)
Jugiong Writers Festival, Jugiong, NSW. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Emergence creative festival, Margaret River, WA. Multi-media, cross-disciplinary. (Biennial)