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2018

November

SPN Independent Publishing Conference (22–24 November)
  • SPN announces 2018 conference research day keynote
  • SPN announces Isdahl, Dattner as conference keynotes
  • Our City of Literature Parliament (29 November–30 October)
  • Melbourne City of Lit announces 10th anniversary event program
  • 2019

    February

    Perth Festival Writers Week (18–24 February 2019)
  • First authors announced for 2019 Perth Festival Writers Week
  • March

    Adelaide Writers’ Week (2–7 March 2019)
  • First authors announced for 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week
  • April

    Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May 2019)
  • Sharp appointed CEO of SWF
  • May

    Scribblers Festival Schools Program (8–10 May 2019)
  • 2019 Scribblers Festival Schools Program announced
  • Children's Book Council of Australia National Conference (31 May–2 June 2019)
  • CBCA announces dates, theme for 13th National Conference
  • June

    StoryFest  (21–22 June 2019)
  • Inaugural storytelling festival StoryFest to launch in regional NSW
  • Australian Booksellers Association conference (23–24 June 2019)
  • ABA announces 2019 conference dates
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    2018

    November

    JLF Adelaide (9–11 November)
  • Adelaide to host Jaipur Literature Festival
  • State of the (Writing) Nation (8 November)
  • Birch to give inaugural State of the (Writing) Nation oration
  • October

    Sharjah International Book Fair (31 October–10 November)
  • A remarkable entry point: Terri-ann White on the Sharjah International Book Fair
  • Digital Writers' Festival (30 October–3 November)
  • Digital Writers’ Festival announces 2018 program
  • NZ Bookshop Day (27 October)
  • Bookshops prepare for NZ Bookshop Day
  • Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (24–28 October)
  • Triggs, Scott announced in first line-up for Ubud 2018
  • Ubud releases 2018 festival program
  • Australian Short Story Festival (19–21 October)
  • Australian Short Story Festival 2018 program announced
  • Kids Book Fest (13 October)
  • The Little Bookroom to hold kids book festival in Melbourne
  • September

    National Young Writers’ Festival (27–30 September)
  • NYWF announces artists for 2018 festival
  • NYWF 2018 program launched
  • Odyssey Literary Festival (13 September)
  • RMIT students to host 2018 Odyssey Literary Festival on genre
  • Brisbane Writers Festival (6–9 September)
  • BWF 2018 program announced
  • BWF wrap-up: Dalton tops bestsellers
  • Brisbane Writers Festival Word Play program (4–7 September)
  • BWF releases 2018 schools program
  • Australia Fest (1 September 2018–31 March 2019)
  • Book industry figures to attend Australia Fest in India
  • August

    WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (29 August–2 September)
  • WORD Christchurch 2018 program announced
  • MWF schools program (27–30 August)
  • MWF 2018 schools’ program released
  • Booksellers NZ Conference (25–26 August)
  • Booksellers NZ 2018 conference program released
  • Melbourne Writers Festival (24 August–2 September)
  • International authors announced for MWF 2018
  • Hardy appointed MWF artistic director
  • Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 program launched
  • MWF reports ‘strongest first day’ in ticket sales; Boochani tops bestseller chart
  • Canberra Writers Festival (23–26 August)
  • Canberra Writers Festival 2018 program launched
  • ABA Bookseller's Training: Creating Book Business Ideas (21 August)
  • ABA to trial one-day training session in Brisbane
  • Your store: Training wheels
  • Romance Writers of Australia conference (17–19 August)
  • Consenting adults: Kate Cuthbert on the romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo
  • Love Your Bookshop Day (11 August)
  • Booksellers prepare for Love Your Bookshop Day
  • Mudgee Readers’ Festival (9–12 August)
  • Mudgee Readers’ Festival announces 2018 program
  • Byron Writers Festival (4–6 August)
  • First authors announced for 2018 Byron Writers Festival
  • Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival (4 August)
  • Inaugural Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival announces program
  • Pitch Independent (3–4 August)
  • New England Writers’ Centre launches new pitch program
  • Byron Writers Festival (3–5 August)
  • Byron Writers Festival 2018 program announced
  • July

    ALIA Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Summit (29 July)
  • ALIA releases report on library support for Sustainable Development Goals
  • Dymocks conference (22–24 July)
  • Dymocks Subiaco wins top award at Dymocks conference
  • June

    Emerging Writers’ Festival National Writers’ Conference (23–24 June)
  • EWF announces 2018 festival ambassadors
  • Over 250 attend EWF National Writers’ Conference; writing prizes, pitching and podcasts discussed
  • Emerging Writers’ Festival (19–29 June)
  • EWF 2018 program launched
  • Australian Booksellers Association conference (17–18 June)
  • ABA to hold 2018 conference in Canberra
  • ABA announces 2018 conference program; Currie, Batistich to give keynotes
  • 300 attend 2018 ABA Conference; booksellers ‘surviving and thriving’
  • Dark Mofo: literature, film and ideas program (15–24 June)
  • Dark Mofo festival announces new ‘literature, film and ideas’ program
  • Dark Mofo: Dark and Dangerous Thoughts (9–10 June)
  • Dark Mofo announces full program for ‘literature, film and ideas’ event
  • May

    ABDA Awards Party - Winners Announcement (25 May)
  • Australian Book Design Awards 2018 longlist announced
  • Feminist Writers Festival (25–27 May)
  • FWF announces 2018 Victorian festival program
  • Feminist Writers Festival receives state government funding for 2018 event
  • FWF expands to two festivals in 2018
  • Hay Festival (24 May–3 June)
  • Hay Festival announces #VOTE100BOOKS campaign
  • Northern Territory Writers’ Festival (24–27 May)
  • NT Writers’ Festival Wordstorm 2018 wraps up
  • Dublin International Literature Festival (19–27 May)
  • Repeal book event at Dublin International Literature Festival cancelled by local council
  • Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival (17 May–3 June)
  • Clarke to headline inaugural Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival
  • Auckland Writers Festival (15–20 May)
  • Auckland Writers Festival 2018 program released
  • Love YA (12 May)
  • McLean appointed acting CEO of UPLIT and BWF
  • Scribblers Festival (9–13 May)
  • Inaugural children’s literature festival to be held in WA
  • Queenscliffe Literary Festival (5–27 May)
  • Queenscliffe Literary Festival keynote speakers announced
  • Australian Book Industry Awards (3 May)
  • ABIAs 2018 date, venue announced
  • Inaugural ‘Rising Star’ award added to ABIAs 2018
  • ABIA 2018 longlists announced
  • ABIAs 2018 shortlists announced
  • Melbourne Jewish Book Week (3–9 May)
  • Melbourne Jewish Book Week launches inaugural program
  • SWF Primary and Secondary School Days programs (2–7 May)
  • SWF 2018 schools program announced
  • Visiting International Publishers program (2–4 May)
  • VIPs announced for 2018 SWF
  • April

    Sydney Writers’ Festival (30 April–6 May)
  • SWF announces earlier dates for 2018, 2019
  • Scott appointed chair of SWF
  • SWF 2018 program announced
  • SWF 2018: ticket sales down but box office third-highest in festival history; Lee tops bestsellers
  • Speculate Literary Festival (28 April)
  • New spec fic festival announces headliners Kaufman, Kristoff and Canavan
  • Homecooked Comics Festival (15 April)
  • Blythe to direct Homecooked Comics Festival
  • Editors NSW: Unreadability (3 April)
  • Editors NSW: Unreadability: what makes text unreadable
  • March

    Bologna Children’s Book Fair (26–29 March)
  • Australian publishers report ‘optimistic’ Bologna; feminism and diversity remain points of interest
  • Leading Edge Books conference (25–27 March)
  • LEB to hold 2018 conference in Hobart
  • Leading Edge Books announces conference program
  • Red Dirt Writers’ Week (20–21 March)
  • ASA launches virtual ‘literary speed dating’ for regional members
  • New Zealand Festival: Writers and Readers stream (8–11 March)
  • Authors announced for NZ Festival
  • Adelaide Writers’ Week (3–8 March)
  • Full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week 2018 announced
  • 134,000 attend AWW 2018; Krasnostein tops bestsellers
  • February

    Between the Covers, Behind the Counter (27 February)
  • Claire Miller on ‘Between the Covers, Behind the Counter’
  • In Other Words festival (23–24 February)
  • New storytelling festival to launch at multilingual kids’ bookshop in Sydney
  • Perth Festival Writers Week (19–25 February)
  • First authors announced for 2018 Perth Writers Week
  • Full program announced for 2018 Perth Writers Week
  • 20,000 attend PFWW; Beer tops bestsellers
  • 2017

    November

    Young Writers Conference (25 November 2017)
  • State Library of Queensland to run inaugural Young Writers Conference
  • Word for Word Nonfiction festival (17–19 November 2017)
  • Carey to headline Geelong’s Word for Word Nonfiction festival
  • SPN Independent Publishing Conference (16–18 November 2017)
  • SPN Independent Publishing Conference 2017 program announced
  • Attendance up at SPN conference; children’s books a growth area for small publishers
  • Australian Short Story Festival (3–5 November 2017)
  • 2017 Australian Short Story Festival program announced
  • October

    Boundless festival (28 October 2017)
  • New festival to focus on Indigenous and culturally diverse writers
  • Inaugural Boundless festival launches program
  • Sports Writers Festival 2017 (28 October–4 November 2017)
  • Sports Writers Festival 2017 program launched
  • Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (25–29 October 2017)
  • First authors announced for Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017
  • Ubud releases festival program for 2017
  • Digital Writers Festival (24 October–3 November 2017)
  • Digital Writers’ Festival reveals 2017 program
  • WriteFest 2017 (6–8 October 2017)
  • Line-up for Bundaberg’s WriteFest announced
  • September

    National Young Writers’ Festival (28 September–1 October 2017)
  • NYWF 2017 program launched
  • Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival (14–17 September 2017)
  • First guests announced for 2017 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival
  • IPEd National Editors Conference (13–15 September 2017)
  • IPEd conference program speakers announced
  • Full program for IPEd National Editors Conference announced
  • St Albans Writers’ Festival (8–9 September 2017)
  • Line-up announced for third St Albans Writers’ Festival
  • Brisbane Writers Festival schools program (6–8 September 2017)
  • BWF releases 2017 schools program
  • Brisbane Writers Festival (6–10 September 2017)
  • Brisbane Writers Festival program announced
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