Writers Events in Australia 2020

A listing of literature-related events in Australia. Thanks to Jason Nahrung. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here is an updated version of literary events. Please check with the convenors to ensure the information is still accurate.

The Writers Group Convention may still go ahead in 2020, so stay tuned!

June

POSTPONED TO 2021 Jun 5-8: Continuum 16, Melbourne, VIC. Spec fic, pop culture.
CANCELLED Jun 5-8: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit.
CANCELLED Jun 6-7: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
CANCELLED Jun 6-8: Henry Lawson Heritage Festival, Gulgong, NSW. Bush poetry and all things Henry.
MOVED ONLINE Jun 5-8: Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Fairy tales.
ONLINE Jun 16-23: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
CANCELLEDJun 19-21: StoryFest, Milton region, NSW. Gen. lit.
CANCELLED Jun 20-21: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
Jun 20 – Jul 5: Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, Glen Eira, VIC. Series of events. Gen. lit.
CANCELLED Jun 23-25: Outback Writers Festival, Winton, QLD. Gen. lit.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Jun 27: Kids & YA Festival, Sydney, NSW. Kids, YA.
ONLINE Jun 29 – Jul 3: Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference, Cairns, QLD. Oz lit, academic.

July

ONLINE every July weekend Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
CANCELLED Jul 2-12: Rare Book Week, Melbourne, VIC. Gen lit. Includes Rare Book Fair Jul 9-12 (ALSO CANCELLED).
ONLINE/NEW DATE Jul 6-7, 14-15: Australian Booksellers Association Conference and Trade Exhibition, Sydney, NSW. Industry.
CANCELLED Jul 10-12: Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jul 11-12: Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA. School kids 4-14.
CANCELLED Jul 15-17: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Jul 17-19: Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit.
CANCELLED Jul 17-26: Noosa Alive, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
ONLINE Jul 17-19: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
ONLINE Jul 24 – Aug 9: Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Spoken word, poetry, slam.
CANCELLED Jul 25: Shoalhaven Readers & Writers Festival, Nowra, NSW. Children’s.
ONLINE Jul 29 – Aug 2: 78th World Science Fiction Convention, Wellington, NZ. Spec fic.
ONLINE Jul 30 – Aug 2: Red Dirt Poetry Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Poetry, spoken word.
CANCELLED Jul 1 – Aug 1: Phillip Island Festival of Stories, Phillip Island, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jul 31 – Aug 2: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.

Watch for:

August

CANCELLED Aug 1: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
POSTPONED TBC Aug 1-2: Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Perth, WA. Presenters include journalists and writers.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Aug 7-9: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns, QLD. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
CANCELLED Aug 7-9: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
CANCELLED Aug 7-9: Words in Winter, Daylesford and surrounding towns, VIC. Series of general lit events.
NEW DATE Aug 7-9: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
MOVED ONLINE Aug 7-16: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
CANCELLED Aug 12-16: Canberra Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. General lit.
MOVED ONLINE Aug 14-16: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Fremantle, WA. Romance.
CANCELLED Aug 15-16: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
NEW DATE Aug 15-17: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Aug 18-24: Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Jewish.
CANCELLED Aug 27-29: Australasian Medical Writers Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Medical.
CANCELLED Aug 29: CapriCon, Rockhampton, QLD. Steampunk, pop culture.

Watch for:

September

Sep 1-17: Australia Reads, various. Includes Australian Reading Hour on Sep 17. Reading promotion.
Sep 2: Indigenous Literacy Day, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Sep 3-6: Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Gen. lit.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Sep 5: Love YA, Brisbane, QLD. YA. Part of Brisbane Writers Festival.
HYBRID ONLINE/LIVE TBC Sep 9-13: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
CANCELLED Sep 10-13: Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Beaconsfield region, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Sep 10-13: BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Crime.
CANCELLED Sep 12: New Norcia Writers Festival, New Norcia, WA. Gen. lit.
Sep 12-13: WestWordsFest, Dubbo, NSW. Gen. lit, genre.
HYBRID ONLINE/LIVE Sep 18-19: Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by women.
NEW DATES ONLINE/LIVE TBC Sep 18-27: Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Sep 19-20: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Sep 26: Giiyong Festival, Jigamy, NSW. Indigenous.
Sep 26-27: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.

Watch for:

October

NEW DATE Oct 1-4: NT Writers Festival, Darwin, NT. Gen lit.
Oct 1-4: Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
Oct 3: National Bookshop Day. Events around the country to encourage book buying.
POSTPONED TO 2021 (SOME EVENTS REMAIN/ONLINE) Oct 3-5: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
NEW DATE Oct 4-6: Write On Festival (formerly Flash Fiction Fun Weekend), Canberra, ACT. Industry.
Oct 16-18: Mountain Writers Festival, Macedon, VIC. Gen. lit., nature and place focus.
Oct 16-18: Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, SA. Short stories.
NEW DATE Oct 17-23: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
POSTPONED TO 2021 Oct 23-25: Omega Writers Conference, Kingscliff, NSW. Christian.
CANCELLED Oct 30-31: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. Kids.

Watch for:

November

Nov 1-30: National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, international (local events, online). Writing.
Nov 6-8: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 7: KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Kids and YA, industry.
Nov 9-29: Design Canberra – National Design Writing Conference, Canberra, ACT. Design + writing.
NEW DATE Nov 12-29: Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne, VIC. Lit performance element.
NEW DATE Nov 14-15: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Nov 14-15: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 16-18: Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference, Brisbane, QLD. Academic.
Nov 20-22: Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Nov 26-28: Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne, VIC. Indie publishing, inc. academic and student streams.
Nov 27-29: Wollongong Writers Festival, Wollongong, NSW. Gen. lit.

Watch for:

  • Words on Water, Mandurah, WA. Gen. lit., part of Confluence: A Festival of India in Australia. Website TBA.
  • Broadside, Melbourne, VIC. Feminist
  • untitled Literary Festival, Stonnington, VIC. Gen. lit.

December

NIL