30 June 2016

10 literary festivals coming up in July that you don’t want to miss

Moving into winter’s crux of July, there are still plenty of upcoming literary festivals all over the country! Trust us, you’ll want to pencil these in to your diaries.

July 1-3: Maleny Celebration of Books, Maleny, QLD

Packed full of writing workshops and featuring significant women of Australian literature, Maleny – the town of books, reading and writing is celebrating books and literature!

July 2: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators Conference, Brisbane, QLD

If you are a new, or established writer – or an illustrator of children’s and young adult literature, then this conference is for you! Expect masterclasses and workshops conducted by authors, illustrators and industry professionals.

July 9-10: Telling Tales in Balingup, Balingup, WA

Held over the middle weekend of the July school holidays, the children’s storytelling festival is designed for children aged 4 – 14. With published WA authors and illustrators presenting interactive workshops, this is the perfect event for children and young adolescents.

July 13-16: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD

Whitsunday Voices is the largest festival north of the Sunshine Coast! People from Mackay and surrounding regions can look forward to a unique literary and cultural experience, with an impressive line-up of Australia’s leading authors.

July 14-17: Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC

With a strong community-oriented focus, the Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.

July 15-17: Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD

An exciting line up of workshops and programs for school children, alongside a range of development workshops and author talks will be present at the event.

July 16: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW

Don’t miss some of Australia’s leading writers such as Jane Caro and Sofie Laguna, speak at this festival! Also go along to the festival’s literary dinner and indulge.

July 24-27: Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale, Gladstone, QLD

Aimed at providing the community with elements of literature, the event will present panel discussions, as well as writing and illustrating workshops for adults, teenagers and school aged children.

July 31: Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD

With a focus to connect individuals and writing groups across Brisbane, marketing experts, editors and successful authors will be presenting at the event. Head over to improve your writing skills and to meet and liaise with other writers and industry professionals!

July 31 — August 2: Red Dirt Poetry Festival, Alice Springs, NT

Poets and spoken word artists from across Australia and overseas will be at the festival, creating a new chapter in the artistic scene of Alice Springs. Come and share your stories, experiences and explore the spoken word poetic medium!

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