Good Reading : July 2004
Byron Bay Writers Festival The Byron Bay Writers Festival attracts the best of Australian writing. A beachfront setting and intimate and infor mal venues allow audi- ences to explore the ideas that inspire their favourite writers, including Tim Winton, Helen Garner and Jane Campion. Date: 29 July to 1 August, 2004 Further Information: 02 6685 5115 or www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au Uralla Book Festival Antiquarian book fair, publishers’ fair.Visiting authors include Peter Bowler, Alex Buzo, Peter Cor ris, John Heffernan, Ian Irvine, Gabrielle Lord, Sophie Masson, Jill Morris, Les Mur ray. Mary White. Schools’ day. Opening dinner, talks, readings, debates, films, literary lunches and breakfasts, exhibitions, Shakespearean picnic. Historic train from Newcastle. Date: 10-12 September, 2004 Further Information: 02 6778 4682 or firstname.lastname@example.org ACT Writers Centre Festivals The ACT Writers Centre, with assistance from the National Library of Australia, presents two literary festivals: a Greek-Australian Literary Festival on 7 August just before the Olympic Games (featuring Nadia Wheatley, Arnold Zable, Sophia Catharios and others); and a Reading and Writing Festival on 16 October. Further Information: 02 6262 9191 or www.actwriters.org.au NSW Writers’ Centre Annual Festivals Speculative Fiction Festival (1st weekend March) Romance Writing Festival (3rd weekend May) Popular Writing Festival (1st weekend July) History Writing Festival (3rd weekend September) 5th Australian Publishers Showcase (3rd weekend November). Further Information: Complimentary magazine 02 9555 9757 or email nswwc@ns wwriterscentre.org.au or website www.nswwriterscentre.org.au The Tabula Rasa Contemporary Arts Festival The Tabula Rasa Contemporary Arts Festival is an annual event held in the Milton Ulladulla region that offers a unique experience in a wide range of arts including film, poetry and literature. Date: From 26 June to 11 July, 2004 Further Information: 02 4455 1269 or www.ulladulla.info/tabularasa/ NEW SOUTH WALES Norfolk Island Writers’ and Readers’ Festival Visit a Writers’ Paradise: Norfolk Island Writers’ and Readers’ Festival held in July each year. For special air/ accommodation holiday packages contact The Travel Centre, www.travelcentre.nf, email email@example.com, or phone freecall from Australia 1800 140 066, from New Zealand 0800 008 810 (24 hour voice mail), or fax int+ 67 232 3205. Date: 11-17 July, 2004 Further Information: 1800 140 066 or www.writersfestival.nlk.nf NORFOLK ISLAND The 2004 Tasmanian Poetry Festival Featuring Dorothy Porter, Dr Robyn Rowland, Ken Smeaton, Jayne Fenton Keane, Kerry Reed-Gil- bert, MML Bliss and others, Tasmania’s long-running annual Launceston festival of verse is back! Events include readings, book launches, and the famous Launceston Poetry Cup. Date: 15-17 October, 2004 Further Information: firstname.lastname@example.org TASMANIA Voices Plus Two festivals for your diary. One- Day Literature Festival including Booktalks, Panels, Poetry, Workshops and Publishing. Voices on the Coast: a Youth Literature Festival Autumn/ Winter 2005. Festivals presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Venue: University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Date: 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday, 22 August, 2004 and also 12-16 July, 2005 respectively Further Information: 07 5477 3437 email email@example.com www.immanuel.qld.edu.au/voices Queensland Poetry Festival Now in its eighth year, the Queensland Poetry Festival has established itself as one of the worlds finest literary festivals. Venue: Judith Wright Centre for the Arts, Brisbane Date: 8, 9 & 10 October, 2004 Further Information: www.queenslandpoetryfestival.net The Somerset Celebration of Literature Somerset College on the Gold Coast is home to one of Australia’s largest and most successful writers’ festivals. The Somerset Celebration of Literature fosters a love of reading and writing in the entire community. It is a festival for all ages. Venue: Somerset College, Gold Coast Date: Wednesday, 9 March to Saturday, 12 March, 2005 Further Information: www.somerset.qld.edu.au/cofl QUEENSLAND Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali A tropical celebration of the arts and literary cultures from both East and West. Fifty writers from around the world will take part in a program of panels, work- shops, performances, films, feasts, and music. Festival cost: Pass $AUD 225.00 Date: 11-17 October, 2004 Further Information: www.ubudwritersfestival.com BALI WordStorm, The Northern Territory Writers’ Festival A cyclone of poetry, prose, theatre, film, art and song writing. Writers from across Australia, the Ter ritory and Asia discuss issues of love, poetry, politics and art while overlooking the glorious Arafura Sea. Date: May/June 2005 Further Information: Contact NT Writers’ Centre Ph 08 8941 2651, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ntwriters.com.au/festival/ NORTHERN TERRITORY festivals goodreading 23 Writers Festivals 2004/05 The big city writers festivals are well known but you might like to try some of the smaller, more intimate festivals for a completely different experience. Here are a few to tempt you!