If you’re wanting to inspire your junior or teen reader, then taking them along to one of the many writer’s festivals that are held throughout the year is a great way to do this. Not only are they exposed to a wide range of possible new reads, craft, music and performance they also get a chance to meet some of their favourite authors. Last week we reported on Byron Writers Festival and this time it’s Brisbane’s turn.
The Brisbane Writer’s Festival is held 5-8 September at the State Library of Queensland (QAGOMA). This is the 57thyear for this festival that celebrates and champions the work of writers who contemplate the big issues facing the world; climate, race, gender and digital. In recognition of the UN Year of Indigenous Languages the festival will also explore the powerful ways in which Australia’s Traditional Custodians convey story now and in the past.
There are so many wonderful events on the program for all ages however, we’re all about the kids and YA. This year Brisbane Writers Festival has dedicated events for families to be held in a new venue, The Rumpus Room. Sessions will include conversations with international bestselling author Jessica Townsend, (Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow) and beloved Australian author John Marsden, story time with Sophie Beer,a funny story session with Oliver Phommavanh and an educational discussion on raising readers with Megan Daley. For more details visit the website here.
Also, not to be missed is a children’s performance of Carpentaria held on Sunday 8 September in Angel’s Palace. Angel’s Palace is an immersive literary experience first presented at BWF 2017. Paying tribute to Carpentaria, Alexis Wright’s monumental, award winning work and designed by acclaimed Brisbane-based artist Gordon Hookey, it is a multi-media venue with performances and installations brought to life by creative collaborators, including creative producer Alethea Beetson. Angel’s Palace represents the voices of Indigenous Australia and celebrates First Nations storytelling and literature in a powerful literary experience for audiences. For more details visit the website here.
YA fans can also rejoice! Love YA is back at Brisbane Square Library on Saturday 7 September with a full day of free programming celebrating Young Adult fiction.
YA stars including Claire G. Coleman, Alison Evans, Benjamin Law, Jax Jacki Brownand Michael Earp explore identity and community, magic and responsibility, the universality of love, with some of Australia’s best LGBTQ+ writers and much more. All sessions are held at Brisbane Square Library. For more details visit the website here.
So, make sure you check out the Brisbane Writer’s Festival website and take advantage of all that is on offer!