Sydney Writers Festival program out now

In case you missed it on Twitter and Facebook (where I do most of my ‘festival program’ linking as there are just too many to blog about), the program for the 2011 Sydney Writers Festival (16-22 May) has been announced. The blurb:

‘The 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival proudly presents some of the world’s finest poets, novelists and authors of literary nonfiction, including 2010 Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson; Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours and By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham; the acclaimed David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) and Aminatta Forna (The Memory of Love), as well as internationally renowned Australians Peter Robb, Kim Scott, Markus Zusak, Sonya Hartnett and John Tranter.’ Read more here.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it up for the last weekend of the festival, and I might be featuring some of the authors/books on here leading up to it. Stay tuned! I’d hate to miss out on seeing my favourite American author, Michael Cunningham, speak on the pursuit of beauty.

While I’m here, I may as well link to a few others:

A fantastic little festival just out of Melbourne is the Newstead Short Story Tattoo (13-15 May). I was a guest at the one held two years ago and it was really great fun. Authors this year include Don Walker, Josephine Rowe, Emilie Zoey Baker, Anna Krien, Adam Ford, Terry Chapman, Chris Flynn, Briony Doyle, Eric Dando, Ian Irvine and Mark Halloran. See the program here.

Also just outside Melbourne and starting today (until 10 April) is the Castlemaine State Festival. See the great Literature/Storytelling event list here.

This Sunday there is the Children’s Book Festival here in Melbourne, jointly run by the Wheeler Centre and the State Library of Victoria. Author/illustrator guests include Leigh Hobbs, Chris Morphew, Judy Horacek, Terry Denton, Sally Rippin, Mem Fox and Elise Hurst. You can find the full details here.

The Emerging Writers Festival will run from 26 May to 5 June. I’m not involved this year as I have been in the last couple, but I can’t wait to check out the program and decide what I’ll be getting along to. It’s a great festival, aimed at emerging writers. Subscribe to the newsletter (see the button on the homepage) so you’ll be among the first to find out what’s on the program.

And of course, Williamstown Literary Festival runs from 29 April to 1 May, and I blogged about that earlier in the week.

Feel free to add any other upcoming festivals in the comments section – it’s sometimes hard to keep track. And enjoy what you can get along to!

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