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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 26, 2022

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BWF's 59th Year to Shine Literary Light on Brisbane

BWF’s 59th Year to Shine Literary Light on Brisbane
Nahima Kern

For 59 years, the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has provided a space for those near and far to come together to discuss all things literature. They have just released their program for 2021.

With a mixed program of more than 100 live and virtual events, the BWF will be bringing top notch writers, thinkers, and speakers, to the State Library and various other Brisbane venues in next month. With a focus on celebrating local “literary luminaries” and those with a wider, international reach, the BWF has pulled out all the stops with their line up this year. The themes of focus for this year’s festival centre around topics such as survival, climate change, and mortality.

Sarah Runcie’s tenure as CEO of BWF began in 2020. Having run an entirely virtual event last year, Sarah is looking forward to bringing authors and audiences together with this series of online and IRL events.

Brisbane Writers Festival has an amazing line-up of extraordinary national authors and wonderful local talent participating this year. We are welcoming new initiatives in 2021, such as the First Word and Last Word events that celebrate and elevate First Nations’ voices and their rich history of storytelling, as well as extending our program to provide online events that offer people across the state the opportunity and flexibility to engage with authors, thinkers, artists and writers from their living rooms” Sarah said.

BWF will see the likes of Benjamin Law, Robert Dessaix, Ellen van Neerven, Kate Morton, Damon Gameau, Tim Flannery, Trent Dalton, and Matt Okine, and more become part of special events, addresses, discussions, and online interviews. BWF will also host a variety of events such as writing workshops, Love YA will see a return, and the Word Play Schools literature program will also be available online for Queensland students to access across the state.

Tickets for the Brisbane Writers Festival are already on sale, so jump in quick for a chance to see your favourite author in action, to celebrate all things literature, or even to have a play with any of the workshops offered. The BWF is proudly marching toward their 60th year in operation, and it doesn’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

The Details:
What: The Brisbane Writer’s Festival
When: 7 – 9th May 2021
Where: State Library of Queensland and other venues
What else: Event program/tickets here