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Guide to the Brisbane Writers Festival 2014

Guide to the Brisbane Writers Festival 2014

| On 03, Sep 2014

Rejoice! For it is Spring, and also time for the Brisbane Writers Festival to once again inspire imaginations to bloom in the minds of many.

The Brisbane Writers Festival is one of Brisbane’s most exciting cultural events of the year and sees many talented emerging and established writers, academics and journalists share their wealth of knowledge with the humble people of Brisbane.

If you’re a student, writer, musician, avid reader or just an amateur wanting to set pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, because let’s be real) the BWF has something for everyone.

The festival runs from Wednesday 3rd September until Sunday 7th and most of the events take place in or around the scenic Queensland State Library. If you’re too busy studying (nerd alert) to make it to the inner-city events, never fear because there are a number of events taking place at both UQ and QUT so you can treat yourself with a study break and a dose of creative freedom.

Events are also taking place at libraries around Logan and Ipswich.

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Many of the events require you to purchase a ticket but most are at affordable prices. There are, however some awesome free events going on during the festival so for the financially challenged, we have put together a list of our favourite BWF events that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.



Story+ is an intensive 2-day workshop in which you will hear from a panel of games developers, writers, transmedia producers and publishers. This seminar focuses on the relationship between writing and storytelling, and interactive games and is sure to be an insightful look into the future of game design as well as genre narratives.

When: 9am-4pm; Thursday 4 September – Friday 5 September

Where: Gardens Theatre, QUT

Cost: Free! Bookings essential.


Australian Poetry Slam

Witness the second Brisbane heat of the 2014 Australian Poetry Slam competition and experience some serious feels. Hosted by US slam legend, Buddy Wakefield the event will allow some of Brisbane’s most talented writers to battle it out a-la Eminem in 8 Mile. Something that should definitely not be missed.

When: 6-8pm; Friday 5 September

Where: Queensland State Library

Cost: Also free! Bookings essential.



Join journalist and writer, Anne Manne as she takes you through the story of Anders Breivik’s murderous rampage in 2011 in Norway. Manne discusses Breivik’s narcissistic evil and how such destructive elements of narcissism impact on a contemporary self-centred society.

When: 2:30-3:30pm; Saturday 6 September

Where: Queensland State Library

Cost: Free!


The Food of Love 

For those of you out there who are single and ready to mingle, or if you’re trying to woo someone special, then this event has got you covered. Join chef, Josue Lopez and restaurateur, teacher and presenter, Brenda Fawdon for a lesson in how to get to the heart of someone with delicious dishes.

When: 2:30-3:30pm; Saturday 6 September

Where: River Room, GOMA

Cost: Zilch


Glitter and Dust

The finale event of the BWF, Glitter and Dust is an open-mic event where you will have the chance to read out your own gems that you may have cultivated throughout the festival and to listen to some of the festival artists present their works.

When: 5:30-7pm; Sunday 7 September

Where: Queensland State Library

Cost: $0


For more information about the festival and to see the program, visit the Brisbane Writers Festival website.

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