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2020

February

Perth Festival Literature & Ideas Weekend (21–23 February 2020)
  • Pascoe, Gaiman to headline 2020 Perth Festival Literature & Ideas weekend
  • Not taking cues from Melbourne and Sydney: Sisonke Msimang on Perth Festival’s Literature & Ideas program
  • Adelaide Writers’ Week (29 February–5 March 2020)
  • First writers announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week
  • March

    LEB Conference 2020 (22–24 March 2020)
  • LEB to hold 2020 conference in Brisbane
  • June

    Australian Booksellers Association conference (21–22 June 2020)
  • ABA announces 2020 conference dates
  • BookUp (23 June 2020)
  • APA announces new industry conference BookUp
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    2019

    November

    SPN Independent Publishing Conference (21–23 November)
  • SPN announces conference keynotes
  • SPN conference 2019 industry research day program announced
  • SPN conference 2019: ‘Extremely positive’ feedback from delegates
  • Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival (16–17 November)
  • Lucashenko, Wright announced for inaugural Bangkok literary festival
  • Shanghai Visiting International Children’s Publishers program (11–16 November)
  • Rosenbloom selected for Shanghai Visiting International Publishers program
  • Broadside (9–10 November)
  • ‘The patriarchy has it coming’: Festival director Tam Zimet on Broadside
  • Zadie Smith, Curtis Sittenfeld to appear at inaugural Broadside feminist festival
  • JLF Adelaide (1–3 November)
  • Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Adelaide
  • October

    Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (31 October–3 November)
  • Inaugural crime fiction festival in Tasmania announces first guests
  • Inaugural Terror Australis Festival program launched
  • Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (23–27 October)
  • Boochani, Fidler, Winch announced in first line-up for Ubud 2019
  • Full program announced for Ubud 2019
  • September

    Brisbane Writers Festival (5 September–8 June)
  • BWF 2019 program announced
  • Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festiva (5–8 September)
  • Program announced for 2019 Blak & Bright festival
  • Brisbane Writers Festival (5–8 September)
  • BWF: YA, women authors top bestsellers
  • Melbourne Writers Festival schools’ program (2–5 September)
  • MWF schools’ program 2019 announced
  • August

    Melbourne Writers Festival (30 August–8 September)
  • MWF to move to State Library Victoria
  • MWF reveals first international guests
  • Melbourne Writers Festival program announced
  • MWF reports strong box office takings; Ben Folds tops bestseller chart
  • Canberra Writers Festival (21–25 August)
  • Canberra Writers Festival 2019 program launched
  • Homecooked Comics Festival (17–18 August)
  • Homecooked Comics Festival to run 17–18 August in Melbourne
  • Byron Writers Festival (2–4 August)
  • First authors announced for Byron Writers Festival
  • Byron Writers Festival program announced
  • Highest ever box office sales at 2019 Byron Writers Festival; Indigenous authors dominate bestsellers
  • July

    Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival (12–28 July)
  • Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival launches crowdfunding campaign for 2019 event
  • Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival program announced
  • June

    Australian Booksellers Association conference (23–24 June)
  • ABA announces 2019 conference dates
  • ABA announces 2019 conference program; Halls to give keynote
  • Over 300 booksellers encouraged to ‘change the narrative’ at upbeat ABA conference
  • 2019 ABA conference: value, volume down YTD; HR, sales discussed
  • Emerging Writers’ Festival National Writers’ Conference (22–23 June)
  • EWF announces 2019 festival ambassadors
  • StoryFest (21–22 June)
  • Inaugural storytelling festival StoryFest to launch in regional NSW
  • Storyfest (21–23 June)
  • Program for inaugural Storyfest announced
  • Emerging Writers’ Festival (19–29 June)
  • EWF 2019 program announced
  • May

    Children's Book Council of Australia National Conference (31 May–2 June)
  • CBCA announces dates, theme for 13th National Conference
  • Children’s Book Council of Australia conference (31 May–2 June)
  • CBCA conference 2019 highlights children’s humour writing
  • NT Writers’ Festival (16–19 May)
  • NT Writers’ Festival 2019 program announced
  • Jerusalem International Book Forum (12–15 May)
  • Blake among 2019 Zev Birger Editorial Fellows to attend Jerusalem International Book Forum
  • Queenscliffe Literary Festival (11–26 May)
  • Queenscliffe Literary Festival breaks ticket sales record
  • IBBY Best Books of the World Exhibition (9–18 May)
  • Lost in Books to host IBBY Honour Books exhibition
  • Scribblers Festival Schools Program (8–10 May)
  • 2019 Scribblers Festival Schools Program announced
  • Institute of Professional Editors conference (8–10 May)
  • IPEd announces keynotes for 2019 conference
  • Full program announced for IPEd National Editors Conference 2019
  • Scribblers Festival (8–12 May)
  • 2019 Scribblers Festival full program announced
  • IPEd National Editors Conference (8–10 May)
  • IPEd conference 2019: pay rates, copyright discussed
  • Clunes Booktown Festival (4–5 May)
  • Clunes Booktown Festival 2019 program announced
  • Visiting International Publishers program (1–3 May)
  • VIPs announced for SWF 2019
  • April

    Visiting International Publishers Program (30 April–3 May)
  • 2019 VIPs program highlights US market, inclusivity and creating buzz
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May)
  • Sharp appointed CEO of SWF
  • SWF 2019 program announced
  • Sydney Writers' Festival (29 April–5 May)
  • SWF 2019: paid attendance figures, book sales up in second year at Carriageworks
  • RightsTech: Europe conference (9–10 April)
  • RightsTech: Europe conference announced for Frankfurt in 2019
  • International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April)
  • FitzSimons announced as ambassador for inaugural International Military Writers’ Festival
  • Bologna Children's Book Fair (1–4 April)
  • Middle-grade in demand at Bologna; kindness and environmental themes among new trends
  • March

    Publishers Publicity Circle Melbourne meeting (21 March)
  • Publishers Publicity Circle launches Melbourne chapter
  • SQ/QWC Adaptable Program (20 March)
  • Writers to pitch work for screen adaptation at inaugural SQ/QWC Adaptable Program
  • Leading Edge Books conference (17–19 March)
  • Leading Edge to hold 2019 conference in Adelaide
  • Over 200 attend 2019 Leading Edge Books conference
  • Adelaide Writers’ Week (2–7 March)
  • First authors announced for 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week
  • First AWW from Jo Dyer attracts new audiences; Dalton tops bestsellers
  • February

    Australian Children’s Laureate Summit (28 February–1 March)
  • Inaugural summit of Australian Children’s Laureates announced for 2019
  • Perth Festival Writers Week (18–24 February)
  • First authors announced for 2019 Perth Festival Writers Week
  • Full program announced for 2019 Perth Writers Week
  • 2018

    November

    FutureBook conference (30 November 2018)
  • Audiobooks, data-driven publishing discussed at FutureBook 2018
  • Our City of Literature Parliament (29 November–30 October 2018)
  • Melbourne City of Lit announces 10th anniversary event program
  • SPN Independent Publishing Conference (22–24 November 2018)
  • SPN announces 2018 conference research day keynote
  • SPN announces Isdahl, Dattner as conference keynotes
  • SPN Independent Publishing Conference 2018 program: publishing in the age of Trump, podcasts, disability awareness
  • Attendance up at SPN conference 2018, ‘incredibly positive’ response
  • JLF Adelaide (9–11 November 2018)
  • Adelaide to host Jaipur Literature Festival
  • State of the (Writing) Nation (8 November 2018)
  • Birch to give inaugural State of the (Writing) Nation oration
  • October

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

    National Young Writers’ Festival (27–30 September 2018)
  • NYWF announces artists for 2018 festival
  • NYWF 2018 program launched
  • Odyssey Literary Festival (13 September 2018)
  • RMIT students to host 2018 Odyssey Literary Festival on genre
  • Brisbane Writers Festival (6–9 September 2018)
  • BWF 2018 program announced
  • BWF wrap-up: Dalton tops bestsellers
  • Brisbane Writers Festival Word Play program (4–7 September 2018)
  • 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 2018)
  • WORD Christchurch 2018 program announced
  • MWF schools program (27–30 August 2018)
  • MWF 2018 schools’ program released
  • Booksellers NZ Conference (25–26 August 2018)
  • Booksellers NZ 2018 conference program released
  • Melbourne Writers Festival (24 August–2 September 2018)
  • International authors announced for MWF 2018
  • Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 program launched
  • Hardy appointed MWF artistic director
  • MWF reports ‘strongest first day’ in ticket sales; Boochani tops bestseller chart
  • Canberra Writers Festival (23–26 August 2018)
  • Canberra Writers Festival 2018 program launched
  • ABA Bookseller's Training: Creating Book Business Ideas (21 August 2018)
  • ABA to trial one-day training session in Brisbane
  • Your store: Training wheels
  • Romance Writers of Australia conference (17–19 August 2018)
  • Consenting adults: Kate Cuthbert on the romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo
  • Love Your Bookshop Day (11 August 2018)
  • Booksellers prepare for Love Your Bookshop Day
  • Mudgee Readers’ Festival (9–12 August 2018)
  • Mudgee Readers’ Festival announces 2018 program
  • Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival (4 August 2018)
  • Inaugural Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival announces program
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