Upcoming Writers’ Festivals
Sydney Writers’ Festival
Michael Williams, SWF’s newly-appointed Artistic Director, recently launched the 2021 program with a stellar line-up of writers and topics. The festival’s return has been highly anticipated by the industry and community at large since it moved online during the peak of the pandemic last year.
The Cultural Fund will support six Australian writers across three panel sessions as part of a series called Your Favourites’ Favourites. In these conversations with a twist, beloved writers become readers and interview the debut authors whose books they have enjoyed and drawn insight from.
- Michelle de Kretser interviews Andrew Pippos about his debut novel Lucky, 10am Thursday 29 April
- Nam Le speaks with Rebecca Giggs about her narrative non-fiction debut Fathoms, 12pm Friday 30 April
- Christos Tsiolkas will talk to Jessie Tu about A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, 2pm Sunday 2 May
The Festival runs from 26 April – 2 May. Check out the program and ticket availability through the Sydney Writers’ Festival website.
Brisbane Writers’ Festival
The 2021 Brisbane Writers’ Festival is running from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 May.
Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling will interview Craig Munro about his new book, Literary Lion Tamers, at 11.30am Saturday 8 May. Don’t miss out on this fascinating look at Australian literary publishing history, filled with fabulous stories about editors and their writers.
The Cultural Fund will also support the Author/Editor series, showcasing ten extraordinary relationships between authors and their editors. The sessions will delve into the serious and sometimes difficult issues that arise when working on something close to the heart, and the ways editors bring out the best in an author’s work.
New conversations will be released each month – the next, featuring author Meg Mason and HarperCollins’ Head of Fiction Catherine Milne, comes out on 20 May. The last session will be released on 18 November, and the complete series will be available to watch until 31 December 2021.
Read more about the Brisbane Writers’ Festival program here.