July 12-14: Whitsunday Writers Festival 2013
Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach. Mix and mingle with authors Anita Heiss, Joyce Morgan, Conrad Walters, Tony Ayling and L.A. Larkin who will also present thriller writing workshop. Full programme details from the link above or call Gloria Burley on 0422 026 793.
August 2-4: Byron Bay Writers' Festival
Follow the link for Early Bird discounts. Full program released June 7th.
Aug 23-25: 2013 Queensland Poetry Festival [QPF] Open to Expressions of Interest
Queensland Poetry Festival is Australia's largest celebration of poetry, with a reputation of being one of the most important poetry festivals worldwide. The festival is now inviting expressions of interest from poets and spoken word artist interested in performing at the 17th annual festival in August 2013. Download the EoI PDF here.
October 11-15, 2013: New dates for the 10th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
2013 marks an important year for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, as Southeast Asia's most renowned literary event gets set to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. To avoid a clash with the upcoming APEC meeting, which is being held in Bali early October, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will now be held a week later on the new dates of 11 - 15 October 2013. In 2013, the Festival comes full circle returning to its original theme Through Darkness to Light/Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang honouring RA Kartini, Indonesia's beloved women's rights pioneer. Beyond paying homage to Kartini, the 2013 program will focus on women's stories, women's rights and education, heroes and visionaries. Writers across all genres will be embraced, including travel writers, songwriters, playwrights, poets, comedians and graphic novelists. Media enquiries.
Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 October: National Writers' Congress
Coinciding with its 50th Anniversary, the Australian Society of Authors will host a National Writers' Congress to bring together authors, illustrators and industry practitioners at a critical moment in the history of authorship. Over three days in Sydney, the Congress will provide a first-ever national forum for authors, illustrators and industry experts to examine and explore the future direction of Australian authorship. What are the emerging influences on writers' practice in the digital age and are there new ideas and answers to guide the future of authorship in Australia? The National Writers' Congress is a place to converge, discuss, identify the issues and define the directions we will need to take—by 2020, with 20/20.
Speakers will include Ally Blake, Angelo Loukakis, Antony Loewenstein, Ben Eltham, Ellen Broad, Joel Naoum, Kate Forsyth, Michael Fraser, Sandy Grant, Sophie Cunningham, Sophie Hamley, Sophie Masson, Steven Lewis, Susan Johnson and Thomas Keneally. These personalities will discuss a range of topics, including the future of copyright, the author's role, the business of authorship and the National Cultural Policy.
Writers Centre members can attend the Congress at the discounted rate of $380 (that's $70 off the full price). In addition, thanks to the support of the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, the Australian Society of Authors is offering subsidised accommodation of $150 per night to individuals and NGO representatives for the first 80 rural and interstate bookings to encourage the broadest possible participation in the Congress.
The Congress will run from Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Bookings are now open at www.asauthors.org or by calling 1800 257 121 (toll-free) or (02) 9211 1004.