Literary Events in Australia and New Zealand

Book Festivals, Writers Conferences and other literary events - Australia & New Zealand


Addi Road Writers' Festival

The Addi Road Writers' Festival isan annual literary and storytelling event in Sydney's Inner West. This is a free, family and pet-friendly day, though some panels may contain content and language best suited to an adult audience....

When: May

    Where: Marrickville NSW

Adelaide Writers' Week

Adelaide Writers' Week, known locally as Writers' Week or WW, is a large and mostly free literary festival held annually in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Considered one of the world's pre-eminent literary events, it forms part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, where attendees meet, ...

When: March

    Where: Adelaide SA

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is an annual event that explores what crime can tell us about human beings today and in the past. Speakers include writers, reporters and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists. ...

When: December

    Where: Sydney NSW

Banjo Patterson Australian Poetry Festival

Join the community of Orange, NSW and its surrounding villages in a week of bush poetry events. This will be a special festival as the Rotary Club of Orange is partnering with the Australian Bush Poets Association to host the National Bush Poetry Performance Championship competition in association w...

When: February

    Where: Orange NSW

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is Australia's newest literary event. The inaugural Festival was staged in the magnificent environs of the Coffs Coast, Bellingen and Dorrigo from April, 2011. The festival is a celebration of Australian writing in all its forms and will feature many establis...

When: June

    Where: Bellingen NSW

Bendigo Writers Festival

Bendigo Writers Festival gives you time out to tune in to the important things in life. This year’s festival theme is The Good Life, and that covers everything from delicious ideas for eating well to getting the most out of reading and writing, as well as ethics, politics, caring for nature, ...

When: May

    Where: Bendigo VIC

Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival

Blak & Bright is a First Nations Literary Festival based in Melbourne. It's a four-day showcase celebrating the diverse expressions of First Nations writers, covering all genres, from songs to essays, oral stories to epic novels, and from plays to poetry....

When: March

    Where: Melbourne VIC

Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival (BWRF) is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, as well as promoting lifelong learning for the Brimbank community. The 10 day festival program includes workshops, author talks, panel discu...

When: March

    Where: Brimbank VIC

Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane in September each year, as well as a year-round program of exciting events. ...

When: May

    Where: Brisbane QLD

Capricorn Coast Writers Festival

The Capricorn Coast Writers Festival aims to foster the importance of books and reading by bringing together an exciting mix of authors, editors, publishers and industry professionals from all over Australia and our own community, to share their vast wealth of knowledge and passion. Join us for a ja...

When: June

    Where: Yeppoon QLD

Clunes Booktown Festival

In 2007 the first Booktown (Booktown for a Day) was held attracting over 6,000 visitors. Since then a two day festival, Clunes Booktown Festival has been held annually in May. Over 60 booktraders from around Australia bring stock to the town and set up shop for the weekend. Street entertainment, foo...

When: April

    Where: Clunes VIC


The annual Canberra speculative fiction conference features panel discussions, books launches and author talks. ...

When: September

    Where: Canberra ACT

Emerging Writers' Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. We exist to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences. Through the flagship festiva...

When: June

    Where: Melbourne VIC


GenreCon is the leading conference for genre writers, featuring an impressive line-up of leading names in Australian and international genre fiction across a spectacular weekend of panels, workshops and special events....

When: February

    Where: South Brisbane QLD

Henry Lawson Festival

The Henry Lawson Festival is an annual event held in Grenfell, NSW on the June long weekend. Grenfell is the birthplace of Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best loved poets and writer of short stories. 2015 was the 58th year of the festival, and it was a fantastic event. ...

When: June

    Where: Grenfell NSW

Jugiong Writers’ Festival

A unique Writers’ Festival celebrating reading, writing & fun in the picturesque village of Jugiong...

When: May

    Where: Jugiong NSW

Kyogle Writers Festival

A three-day festival comprising over 50 separate events including author talks, workshops, poetry readings and performances, panel discussions and lively conversation....

When: May

    Where: Kyogle NSW

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival

The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is the flagship annual literature event of Arts Margaret River. It is the biggest regional literary event in Western Australia and aims to foster a love of literature and the arts within the community.<p> Each year, the festival brings an arra...

When: May

    Where: Margaret River WA

Mildura Writers Festival

Held in July, the Mildura Writers Festival presents three days of words, food and wine featuring Australian and international writers. Throughout the weekend invited guests and audience members intermingle freely sharing an experience that provides thoughtful and challenging ideas about writing an...

When: July

    Where: Mildura VIC

Mountain Writers Festival

The Mountain Writers Festival is a weekend writers festival, produced by the Macedon Ranges Literary Association (MRLA). We are excited to be bringing a world-class literary event to this spectacular region. It will include author panels and in-conversation events showcasing novels with regional ...

When: November

    Where: Macedon Ranges VIC

National Young Writers’ Festival

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) occurs annually in the city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, over the New South Wales’ Labour Day Holiday Weekend in late September/early October. ...

When: September

    Where: Newcastle NSW

Newcastle Writers Festival

The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013 and was a resounding success. More than 70 writers participated in 38 sessions - half of which were free. In 2014, the festival was enhanced by the addition of a popular children's program. More than 100 writers participated in the extended f...

When: April

    Where: Newcastle NSW

Northern Beaches Readers Festival

The Northern Beaches Readers' Festival Inc is an event focused on connecting readers with popular Australian authors, that will feature some of Australia’s leading authors in panel discussions and more intimate "in conversation" events....

When: September

    Where: Avalon NSW

NT Writers Festival (NTWF)

The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival that emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, bringing people together to share story, language and culture. Held annually, the festival’s location alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. Events range from pitch sessions...

When: June

    Where: Darwin/Alice Springs NT

Oracles of the Bush

Tenterfield’s Oracles of the Bush is a four day cultural event encompassing live performance of Australian Bush poetry, music and art. The timing of the event is set to coincide with Tenterfield’s brilliant autumn - April is resplendent in a cloak of red, orange, gold and yellow providin...

When: March

    Where: Tenterfield NSW

Perth Festival

Perth Festival is a not-for-profit multi-arts festival that brings world class performance, music, film, visual arts and literary events to Perth, Western Australia, every summer....

When: February

    Where: Perth WA

Queenscliffe Literary Festival

The Queenscliffe Literary Festival Inc presents a lively and engaging program of events with leading Australia writers of fiction and non-fiction. It's held across three weekends in May....

When: May

    Where: Queenscliff VIC

Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival

The Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival was established in 2013 as an annual flagship event for The Women's Club. Named after Rose Scott, one of the founders of The Women's Club, it seeks to honour the memory of this influential woman who used her own writing -- speeches, pamphlets and letters -- t...

When: October

    Where: Sydney NSW

Scone Literary Festival

The Scone Literary Festival exists for the "love of words", and to create stimulating, informal and intimate events that spark great conversations. We hold live, events on the second weekend in March each year....

When: March

    Where: Scone NSW

Somerset Storyfest

Somerset Storyfest is a nationally recognised youth literature organisation based on the Gold Coast. Delivering a series of literary experiences along with workshops, masterclasses and featured authors throughout the year, Storyfest nurtures emerging writers and provides opportunities for readers an...

When: March

    Where: Mudgeeraba QLD

Southern Highlands Writers' Festival

The Southern Highlands Writers' Festival features a stellar lineup of Australia's best writers of books, poetry, TV and plays....

When: July

    Where: Bowral NSW


The longest continuously running science fiction convention in Australia, Swancon celebrates all genres of speculative fiction with panels, discussions, and activities....

When: April

    Where: Perth WA

Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival

The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival celebrates the richness and diversity of Jewish writing. It showcases the talents of writers from around Australia and overseas who identify as Jewish or who write on Jewish themes. The SJWF was the first of its kind in Australia and is steadily becoming a ma...

When: November

    Where: Sydney NSW

Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival

Writers will take part in a panel discussion and exchange ideas between the panellists and the audience. Audiences will have the opportunity to engage, learn and ask questions from the writers. The festival will include local and international writers from a diverse range of backgrounds. A separate ...

When: February

    Where: Sydney NSW

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Australia’s largest celebration of literature, stories, and ideas. Many events take place at Pier 4/5 and Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay. We also use other city venues including Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, Sydney Opera House and The Mint. Our regional and suburban program may include events ...

When: May

    Where: Sydney NSW

Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Since the first event in 2014, the biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers and speakers to share their unique insights into the written word. No genre is off limits. Romance, politics, crime, biography, comedy, songwriting, poetry, film and television are al...

When: September

    Where: Grindelwald TAS

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TARWF) is Australia's southern-most literary festival, a celebration of books, writing and community in the glorious Huon Valley, Tasmania....

When: November

    Where: Huon Valley TAS

Voices on the Coast

Voices on the Coast is a youth literature festival presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the Sunshine Coast....

When: February

    Where: Sunshine Coast QLD

Willy Lit Fest

The Williamstown Literary Festival is Melbourne West's largest annual, literary festival. A weekend feast of books, ideas and conversations all in the beautiful Williamstown Town Hall and Library....

When: June

    Where: Williiamstown VIC

Words at Wagstaffe

Words at Wagstaffe is a one-day literary event held in partnership between Words on the Waves Writers Festival and The Bouddi Society bringing diverse authors for unmissable conversations....

When: March

    Where: Wagstaffe, Central Coast NSW

Words in Winter: Daylesford Literary Festival

Words in Winter is an annual celebration of words in all their forms, based in Daylesford. The festival shares stories and ideas by local and visiting presenters through performance, music, storytelling, comedy, poetry, talks, workshops and exhibitions. Stories as hot as today’s headlines will com...

When: August

    Where: Daylesford VIC

Words on the Waves Writers Festival

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas set on the scenic Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Please join us for conversations, book signings with your favourite authors, workshops, a kids’ program and more....

When: June

    Where: Umina Beach NSW

Write Around the Murray

Write around the Murray has grown considerably since its beginning in 2007. With its heart in regional Australia, the festival is an annual testament to the motivation of writers and artists in the area. A mix of established and emerging writers, both from the Albury region and further afield have t...

When: September

    Where: Albury City NSW

Writers Unleashed - Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival

The Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival, known as Writers’ Unleashed, is a growing community and literary event. With a strong focus on the promotion and support of Australian writers and publishers, the festival also aims to educate and encourage aspiring writers and illustrators....

When: September

    Where: Gymea NSW

Yarra Valley Writers Festival

Celebrating all things writing, reading and great literature, the Yarra Valley Writers Festival showcases a wide variety of events showcasing local, national and internationally recognised writers, thinkers and speakers....

When: July

    Where: Yarra Valley VIC

New Zealand

Auckland Writers Festival

Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o T?maki is the largest annual literary festival in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1999. It has about 200 public events each year featuring local and international writers as guests. ...

When: May

    Where: Auckland

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

Held in the heart of Dunedin, produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, the festival includes workshops, performances, panel discussions, and bookish social festivities. We join playwrights and poets; comedians and historians; critics and consciences in the sixth annual NZ Young Writers Festival. B...

When: October

    Where: Dunedin

samesame but different LGBTQI+ Writers and Readers Festival

As part of Auckland Pride, the festival offers up a plethora of literary treats including two gala events, a book launch, poetry readings, panel talks and even a zine making workshop. All events are free and provide a space to uphold queer literature and authors, and to encourage the next generation...

When: February

    Where: Auckland

Whanganui Literary Festival

A vibrant writers and readers’ festival held every second year attracting and hosting national and international guests. Bus tours, writers talks, poetry and book groups and fairs all to satisfy avid readers held in iconic venues throughout the city....

When: February

    Where: Whanganui