Brisbane Writers Festival
Brisbane Writers Festival
Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival


Grab your pens and start jotting down a list, as the 60th anniversary Brisbane Writers Festival program has been revealed, with a city-wide celebration of more than 200 events taking place over six huge days from May 3–8. As Brisbane’s seminal literary event, the festival is full of engaging storytelling and celebrations of the written word.

Created with a little help (and a dose of magic) from guest curators Ellen van Neerven, Benjamin Law, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Michaela Kolowski and Rhianna Patrick, this year’s event combines BWF fan-favourite programs with a handful of sparkling new initiatives. Fresh-faced events include The Country of Focus initiative, which presents a roster of more than 30 Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika talents, and the Nick Earls-curated Brisbane as a Storied City, which pairs ten uber-talented writers and poets with the places they have drawn inspiration from. Also making its festival debut is Book Design ExhibitBooks by Artists and Concrete Poetry Exhibit, a program of events exploring the intersection between books and visual arts at the State Library of Queensland.

Hungry for more? The six-day festival also includes a decadent Mother’s Day high tea at Customs House with bestselling author Sally Hepworth and Those Two Girls’ Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, plus a special family-friendly picnic event at South Bank Parklands featuring everyone’s favourite blue heelers, Bluey and Bingo. Punters can also look forward to seeing literary legends battle it out at Literary Death Match at The Princess Theatre or catch acclaimed Aussie actor Bryan Brown discuss Sweet Jimmy, his debut collection of crime fiction short stories. This year also welcomes the arrival of the festival’s new smartphone app, which acts as a guide that brings Brisbane’s local anecdotes to life as users journey through the places these tales occurred.

To peep the entire program and score tickets, head to the BWF website.

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