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Moriarty, de Kretser, Allende among first AWW guests

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW), which runs as part of Adelaide Festival, has announced the first guests for its 2022 festival, to take place 5–10 March at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.

The program, the fourth and final from outgoing director Jo Dyer, features 79 confirmed local and international guests so far, appearing in person and via real-time digital livestream, exploring the theme A Better Picture.

Local guests include Liane Moriarty, Michelle de Kretser, Charlotte Wood, Christos Tsiolkas, Emily Bitto, Larissa Behrendt, Bernadette Brennan, Allee Richards, Claire G Coleman, Peter Doherty, Delia Falconer, Stan Grant and Anita Heiss. Kevin Rudd, Samantha Crompvoets and Martin Parkinson will also appear as part of the festival’s partnership with Monash University Publishing via its ‘In the National Interest’ series.

The festival will again include a Kids’ Day as well as a Middle Grade & YA Day, with confirmed authors so far including Remy Lai, Mem Fox, Felice Arena, John Flanagan and Katrina Nannestad. International guests appearing via livestream include Isabel Allende, Lisa Taddeo, Robin DiAngelo, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Patrick Radden Keefe, Michael Pollan and Colm Tóibín.

‘It’s been another surreal year in this era of Covid and, oddly, after being the first major literary festival to take place in person after the Great Lockdowns of 2020, we will claim that honour again in 2022,’ said Dyer. ‘We’ll use our festival, and the great minds of our guests, to ponder how we can apply the lessons we learned in this tumultuous, challenging time to build a better post-pandemic community, as we dive into literature, inspiring and immersive, to both escape from and make sense of the world around us.’

The full program will be announced January 2022. For more information, see the AWW website.

Pictured: Liane Moriarty


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