New writers festival for Wollongong
The South Coast Writers Centre (SCWC) has announced a new literary festival, to take place in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.
The South Coast Writers Festival will run over three days from 3–5 June this year and will feature readings, conversations, panels, workshops and book launches in venues across Wollongong. The festival bookshop will be run from the foyer of Wollongong’s The Music Lounge by small online bookseller Enough Said Books.
The festival’s opening night will feature writers Christine Sykes, Jane Caro, Kathryn Heyman and Caroline Baum in conversation with festival director Sarah Nicholson on topics including politics, writing and life. Other program highlights include Boundless Indigenous Writers award winner Judi Morison in conversation with Larissa Behrendt and Gary Lonesborough; Scott Ludlam and Jonica Newby discussing the realities of climate change with Robyn Williams; debut crime writers Hayley Scrivenor and Dinuka McKenzie being interviewed by Andy Muir in an event presented in partnership with BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival; and a session on the Ngana Barangarai Dreaming Inside anthology project.
Young readers and writers have the opportunity to attend a reading of Bindi by Kirli Saunders as well as a writing workshop held by The Mapmaker Chronicles author A L Tait.
The South Coast Writers Festival is the first writers festival from SCWC. Its establishment comes after the Wollongong Writers Festival, which ran in the region for several years after being established in 2013, announced in 2021 that it was closing due to funding cuts.
For more information on the festival and the program, see the SCWC website.