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Make sure you visit this page regularly as events are updated daily. We list a range of literary based events including book launches, author events, workshops and festivals.

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Newcastle Winter Book FestivalNewcastle Winter Book Festival

Devised by director Andy Peden Smith, the Newcastle Winter Book Festival has grown into a real literary and cultural event. Now in its third year Newcastle aims to deliver an exciting programme of acclaimed authors, talks, film, music, performers, books and sparkle. This year's festival also features a spooky supernatural Saturday!

When: 22 - 25 November 2012

Where: Newcastle, Australia.


Miami Book Fair International

The books are coming. And the readers and writers will follow, as they do by the hundreds of thousands every year for the Miami Book Fair International, an eight-day literary party in November. The Fair, in its 28th year, will open Sunday November 13th with the popular Evenings With… series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world.

When: 11 - 28 November 2012

Where: Miami, America. Check the website for venue details


Manchester Literature FestivalManchester Literature Festival

With an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors, exclusive performances of specially commissioned work, bespoke walking tours and topical debates, we are making Manchester the destination of choice for literature lovers this October.

When: 8 - 23 October 2012

Where: Check the website for venue details

Wimbledon BookfestWimbledon Bookfest 2012

The Bookfest is now in its fifth year. It was started in 2006 by Tony Kane and Fiona Razvi, who wanted to raise cultural activity and awareness in Wimbledon. Working in the local media they were meeting many writers and authors, and had strong connections with the arts environment in the area. A team was formed with representatives from the arts and publishing sectors, including Polka Theatre, New Wimbledon Theatre, Merton Council, Wimbledon Guild, local bookshops and Time & Leisure magazine. A charity, Wimbledon Arts, was formed and a trust set up. Books were chosen as a vehicle for the arts with long terms plans of a more broad arts festival in the future. The team is almost entirely volunteer-based. We have only a small amount of admin support. The festival has grown, and we now have a specialised team of considerable size, and we have developed many community partnerships. Wimbledon Bookfest is a nine day festival held in October. It features author events using venues in and around the local area. We also partner with community groups to hold events appealing to a wide range of interests and age groups.

When: 6-14 October 2012

The Times Cheltenham Literature FestivalThe Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has some of the biggest names in publishing, politics, television, radio, art, theatre, or sport guarantee 10 days of discussion, debate and interviews. Featuring: J.K.Rowling, Kofi Annan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Victoria Pendleton, Caitlin Moran, Salman Rushdie, Sebastian Faulks, Paul Auster, Michael Palin, David Suchet, Stephen K Amos, Michael Winner, Clare Balding, Dan Snow, AA Gill, Nigella Lawson,Ben Fogle, Kirstie Allsopp, Paul O'Grady, Marcus Brigstocke, John Simm, David Walliams, David Mitchell, Darcey Bussell and much more....

When: 5-14 October 2012

Where: Check the website for venue details

Hong Kong International Literary FestivalHong Kong International Literary Festival

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival is one of Asia's premier literature festivals and celebrates everything the written word has to offer. In 2011 the event attracted such names at Amitav Ghosh, Craig Silvey, Emma Donoghue, Jeffrey Archer and Monica Ali.

When: 5-14 October 2012

Where: Check the website for venue details

Ubud Writers & Readers FestivalUbud Writers & Readers Festival

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival allows you to be part of something local, national and international and is a banquet of literary tastes and treats. The program for 2012 is being finalised and will be released in August 2012, so keep up to date by subscribing to their newsletter.

When: 3-7 October 2012

Where: Check the website for venue details


Henley Literary Festival

This year’s festival has been designed as a series of days out with the broadest possible range of subjects and speakers. We want you to think, to laugh, to learn, and maybe, even cry, all in a single day and often without moving further than a few yards to enjoy a coffee and home made cakes, a glass of wine, or a delicious lunch. Last year Bix Manor made its debut, and was a resounding success. As one writer said, it was a scene from a glorious, gentle, genteel England. We return in strength with a varied programme covering everything from gardening to crime and finance to humour. We have added another lovely venue this year, The Quince Tree at Stonor whose successful opening has been the talk of the town. On Friday we have some of our best contemporary writers appearing there followed by an evening with Xanthe Clay and The Country Wives. We are fortunate this year to be able to welcome back festival favourites like Michael Palin, Gyles Brandreth, Mark Tully, Richard Ingrams, Rachel Johnson and Craig Brown. And we look forward to welcoming lots of new names including Rupert Everett, John Major, Jilly Cooper, Michael Portillo, David Baddiel, Howard Jacobsen, David Lodge, Hannah Rothschild and the Countess of Carnarvon, châtelaine of the real Downton Abbey.

When: 24 - 29 September 2012

Where: Henley, England. Check out the website for full venue and book information


Brisbane Writers FestivalBrisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival has been celebrating reading, writing and ideas with the people of Queensland for fifty years. Renowned for its energy and casual intellect, BWF brings together readers, writers, innovators, and provocateurs within the cultural precinct on the Brisbane River in the heart of the city. Check out the full program details on the Brisbane Writers Festival website.

When: 5-9 September 2012

Where: Brisbane, Queensland. Check out the website for full venue and book information


Melbourne Writers FestivalMelbourne Writers Festival

Since 1986, Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has been a cornerstone of the city's literary culture. The festival's success – and that of the city’s writers, publishers and all those across the industry – has provided the opportunity for Melbourne’s community of readers and writers to grow and prosper. Each year, MWF invites novelists, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, journalists, songwriters, bloggers – anyone who's part of the world of words. We host politicians and artists, policy wonks and pop culture icons, crime writers and high culture theorists. The festival program features an enormous range of literary activity including entertaining discussions, debates, readings, film screenings, interviews, literary banquets, performances, workshops and book launches, as well as a lively schools' program for primary and secondary students. To all of these events, we welcome hundreds of guests from around the world and across the country, meaning we’re able to celebrate the work of the writers you love and surprise you with those you never knew existed. At the heart of every program remains the opportunity for writers and readers to connect in unexpected ways.

When: 23 August 2012 to 2 September 2012

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria

International Edinburgh Book FestivalInternational Edinburgh Book Festival

International Edinburgh Book Festival is one of the largest public celebrations of the written word in the world and includes debates, discussions, creative workshops and author appearances. Every August it brings writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with the audience.

When: 11 August 2012

Where: Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

Byron Bay Writers' FestivalByron Bay Writers' Festival

The Byron Bay Writers' Festival started in 1997 and how now grown with a guest list of over 100 of Australia's most significant and respected contemporary authors and 45,000 visitors. The attendees participate through lectures, lunches, panels, conversations, launches and readings. The focus on this festival is firmly on Australian writing, with recognition of our physical place in the world through the inclusion of Indonesian and Asian authors. Sign up early for an Early Bird Discounted pass. Check out full program details on the Byron Bay Writers Festival website.

When: 3-5 August 2012

Where: Held in the Byron Bay, NSW area. Check the website for full venue and booking information


Mildura Writers' Festival

The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. Beginning in 1994 in Stefano de Pieri’s cellar restaurant, this event has evolved to be acclaimed to be among the finest literary festivals in the country, not only because of its literary pleasures, but also because of the talent it attracts and its atmosphere of conviviality - building upon the provincial Victorian winter, with late night discussions around wood fires, showcasing the local and regional gourmet food and wine. With such a reputation the Mildura Writers’ Festival is able to attract the best Australian writers including Nobel Laureates such as JM Coetze, renowned authors such as David Malouf and Les Murray and international stars such as Clive James. The program will be available online in May 2012. Keep up to date through the Mildura Writers' Festival website.

When: 19-22 July, 2012

Where: Mildura, victoria


Writing and Walking Journey in Tuscany with Joanne Fedler

A walking and writing journey with author Joanne Fedler in Tuscany for 11 days. Limited to 12 women only. No writing experience necessary. No matter how good or bad you think you are at writing, you will surprise yourself as each day, in the exquisite setting of Tuscany and Cinque Terre, we use our bodies, our senses and our imaginations to converse with the landscape, the people, the tastes and the inspirations of our surroundings. During this trip, author Joanne Fedler will be your facilitator as we explore the landscape of Tuscany through the writer’s eye. You will learn how to use writing as a tool for reflection, processing, contemplation and ‘emotional footage’. Full information regarding this event can be found here.

When: 3-15 June 2012

2012 Voices on the Coast2012 Voices on the Coast

Voices on the Coast is a youth literature festival presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the Sunshine Coast, aimed at school students from year 5 to year 12. The festival attracts up to 4500 school students from across the Sunshine Coast and hinterland, a 200 km radius. Since 1996 Voices on the Coast has been bringing leading Australian and International authors, illustrators, poets and performers to the Sunshine Coast to talk and workshop with students and adults. In conjunction to the student program is the adult community events, Voices Plus, with the literary breakfast, festival launch, workshops aimed at adults and a program of authors visiting local libraries for free.

When: 2-6 June 2012

Where: Various locations at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast, Queensland


The Telegraph Hay FestivalThe Telegraph Hay Festival

The Hay Festival how grown from humble beginnings in Hay, Wales, to being held in a host of other countries. Bill Clinton describes this festival as "Woodstock of the mind". This year is no different and is 10 days of music, comedy, argument and literature. If you are a member you can also get into some earlybody events (this year including Tim Minchin's opening night concert or Hilary Mantel discussion about her upcoming book Bring Up The Bones which is the sequal to her Booker-wining Wolf Hall.

When: 31 May - 10 June

Where: Hay, Wales

Sydney Writers' Festival 2012Sydney Writers Festival 2012

The Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) is an annual celebration of the written word. It is recognised as one of the world’s finest literary events and is the third largest festival of its kind in the world. Features a diverse mix of events, over 60% of which are free, including panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, talks, workshops, readings, performances, literary lunches, film screenings, events for younger readers and exhibitions. Welcomes anyone with an interest in writing, reading and literature. In 2011, the Festival played host to nearly 300 local and international writers in some 300 events. A 100,000 plus crowd attends. Keep up to date with the Sydney Writers' Festival here. Natalie and Tracy have an extensive schedule of events booked for the Sydney Writers Festival including, but not limited to, attending talks by Jesmyn Ward, Jeanette Winterson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Kate Grenville, George Megalogenis, First Tuesday Book Club, Nikki Gemmell, Chad Harbach, Hilary Mantel and Kathy Lette.

When: 14-20 May 2012 (School Days, 21-25 May, 2012)

Where: SWF takes place at various venues across Walsh Bay and Sydney’s CBD, Sydney’s western suburbs and regional NSW


Auckland Writers and Readers Festival

The Auckland Writers & Readers Festival was born of a desire to celebrate and promote literacy, reading, writing and ideas in Auckland. A community of writers, booksellers, publishers and avid readers invested grass roots enthusiasm into what has become an eagerly anticipated annual event. The festival acts as matchmaker and taste influencer, bringing a writer “out” of the shelf for their readers and creating a lifelong relationship between writers and readers, writers and writers, and readers and readers. The festival has grown alongside its audience and speakers, and we continue to listen to constructive feedback and retain a flexible approach to programming and format. The festival brings together like-minded souls with diverse life experiences to develop our understanding of the world, challenge perceived wisdoms, and provide life-changing experiences. Tickets go on sale from 22 March 2012.

When: 9-13 May, 2012

Where: The 2012 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival author events will take place in The Aotea Centre, The Edge


Clunes Booktown Festival

Clunes has recently been named as the first international booktown in the southern hemisphere. We hope this will see Clunes reach the literary heights of Hay-on_way (Wales) and Wigtown (Scotland). It is also the home of the annual Clunes Booktown Festival and this year will include authors A lice Pung, Peter and Anna Goldsworthy, Hazel Edwards, Tim Fischer, Geoffrey Blainey, Zoe Dattner, Michael Heyward and Jenny Niven.

When: 5-6 May, 2012

Where: Clunes, Victoria


London Book FairLondon Book Fair

London Book Fair which is now in its 41st year, continues to be the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. With over 250 seminars and events, 2000 international exhibitiing companies and 24500 publishing professionals, the London Book Fair encompasses the broad spectrum of the publishing industry. The 2012 London Book fair is focusing and celebrating the Chinese publishing industry.

When: 16-18 April 2012

Where: Earls Court, London, England

World Book NightWorld Book Night

World Book Night is a hugely successful venture in England with millions of books being given away as well as readings, events and literary functions. The idea has now been sold across the Atlantic to the Americas, so hopefully Australia may get on board one of these days. The night aims to promote the value of reading, of printed books and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round. This day is also UNESCO's World Book Day chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death. Some of the amazing and award winning books being given away this year include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou), Little Bee (Chris Cleave), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz), The History of Love (Nicole Krauss), The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver), The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri), Ann Patchett (Bel Canto), The Lovely bones (Alice Sebold), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) and Just Kids (Patti Smith).

When: 23 April 2012

Where: Check the website for venue information


Storylines All Saints College Literature Festival 2012

The 2012 Storylines Literature Festival has put together an exciting line-up of nationally celebrated presenters drawn from many genres, art forms and walks of life. The presenters will work across two separate programs tailored to primary and secondary audiences. In particular, cross-curricular links have been prioritised in the secondary program.

When: 21 -23 March 2012

Where: All Saints' College, Ewing Avenue, Bull Creek, WA 6149

2012 Somerset Celebration of Literature2012 Somerset Celebration of Literature

The Somerset College Celebration of Literature is the premier school based literary festival held in Australia. The festival has a primary focus on Literature – Reading and Writing – but in addition has displayed an inclusiveness when it comes to promoting the Arts in general, these being literature, music, theatre, film and the visual arts. The festival is offered to the Queensland and Australian cultural community by Somerset College as its contribution to the literary and cultural landscape of the nation . Keep up to date with the 2012 Somerset Celebration of Literature here.

When: 14-16 March 2012

Where: Somerset College, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba in Queensland

Contact: Somerset College Community Relations Office on (07) 5530 4624 or via email at bookings@somerset.qld.edu.au

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book FestivalAye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

This festival has a wide focus and as well as the usual top author events, includes a schools programme, weekend family events, Scottish poetry slam and a wide range of reading and creative writing workshops. This year will see some exciting literary dignitaries from Phillip Coggan, Alistair Darling, George Mackay Brown, francine Stock, Robin McKie, Melissa Benn, Owen Jones, Marina Warner et etc.

When: 9-17 March 2012

Where: Check the website for venue details

Adelaide Festival Writers Week 2012Adelaide Festival Writers Week

The 2012 Writers' Week will present a re-invigorated program which will connect with its audience in new and innovative ways. This includes educational programs on a Schools Day Friday March 2, issues-focussed lunchtime and evening sessions, family friendly sessions and a kid's activity area. There is a huge line-up including Meagan Abbott, Kate De Goldi, Javier Cercas, Ursula Dubosarsky, Martin Edmond, Kate Grenville, Sonya Hartnett,Alan Hollinghurs , Gail Jones, David Marr, Frank Moorhouse, Jo Nesbø, Garth Nix, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Brenda Walker + more. In addition, there is a kid's programme including Kids' Programme? Storytelling, crafts, drawing, singing and one rather crooked stilt-walking man come together for a day of full on fun, rampant creativity and imagination gone wild when Writers’ Week hosts the first annual Kids’ Program. Join award-winning children’s writers and illustrators for a day created especially for our youngest readers. Keep up to date with the Adelaide Festival Writers Week here.

When: 2-18 March 2012

Where: Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia


Perth Writers' Festival 2012Perth Writers' Festival

The Perth Writers Festival is a celebration of the written word in all its forms. With something for everyone, the long weekend includes a fabulous opening party, readings, talks, workshops and a popular Family Day. Guest writers in 2012 include: Barbara Trapido, Germaine Greer, Jo Nesbø, Chetan Bhagat, David Levithan, Janette Turner-Hospital, Justice Michael Kirby, Marieke Hardy, Tom Keneally, Frank Moorhouse, Peter FitzSimons, Ray Martin, Stuart Littlemore, and Michael Robothan.

When: 23-26 February 2012

Where: Perth Writers Festival Precinct, University of Western Australia Campus, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

Contact: (08) 6488 5555