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Adelaide Writers’ Week announces full 2022 program

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) has announced the full program for the 2022 festival, which includes a total of 165 guests appearing across six days from Saturday 5 to Thursday 10 March.

An additional 92 local, national and international authors will join previously announced guests including Liane Moriarty and Michelle de Kretser, with an expanded Australian line-up appearing live in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. International authors will appear in the garden via real-time digital livestream from their home countries.

Among those just announced are Australian guests Bruce Pascoe, Annika Smethurst, Grace Tame, Bernard Collaery, Richard Flanagan and Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson; international authors include Anthony Doerr (USA), Elif Shafak (UK), Joelle Taylor (UK) and Patrick Radden Keefe (USA).

The theme of AWW 2022 is A Better Picture and the majority of events free, with the exception of the online ticketed series Curated Dozen: From Our Place to Yours, for which tickets will be available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis. The 12 events in the series include Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull in conversation, Jane Caro and Debra Oswald discussing their novels, and the US author of White Fragility Robin DiAngelo discussing racism.

Kids’ Day will take place on Saturday, 5 March and features picture book creators including Mem Fox, Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys and ‘Real Pigeons’ creators Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood. The following day, Middle and YA Readers’ Day includes authors such as Katrina Nannestad, Lynette Noni and Sarah Epstein. AWW will also be livestreaming select sessions from Monday 7 March to Thursday 10 March to schools, libraries, community centres and retirement villages around South Australia to ensure as many members of the community have access to the event as possible.

The festival is the fourth and final AWW for outgoing director Jo Dyer, who will be replaced by Louise Adler. Dyer said: ‘We feted 2021 as heralding a new dawn, but it turned out Covid had a few more pivots and plunges in store for us. Through it all, our authors and academics, poets and journalists, have dug deep and kept writing—exploring, imagining, interrogating and engaging in the kind of expansive thinking that opens up possibilities and helps us see things anew. I have no doubt that the combined creativity and imagination of our authors and audiences can bring A Better Picture into focus.’

To view the full AWW 2022 program, see the festival’s website.

Pictured: Bruce Pascoe.


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