The full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 3-8 March, has been announced.
This year’s festival is dedicated to children’s author Mem Fox, who will be in conversation with Ruth Clarke on 5 March, as well as featuring in the kids’ weekend program. Fox joins past dedicatees Brenda Niall, Robert Dessaix, Margo Lanagan and Christopher Koch.
Twenty-seven new authors have been announced for the program, including Judith Brett, Ceridwen Dovey, Eva Hornung and Justine Larbalestier.
They join a previously announced line up that includes US writers Barbara Kingsolver, Jenny Zhang and Teju Cole; UK authors Alan Hollinghurst, Alexander McCall Smith, Sarah Winman and Kamila Shamsie; Canadian crime writer Louise Penny; and local authors Michelle de Kretser, Kim Scott, Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason.
Events include an in-conversation about sport in Australia with David Hill, an exploration of food movements with Salt Fat Acid Heat author and chef Samin Nosrat, US photographer and writer Teju Cole speaking with Sarah Sentilles on the relationship between image and word, and a discussion on ‘democracy and populism’ with A C Grayling and George Megalogenis.
The kids’ weekend, which runs 4-5 March, features authors and illustrators Phil Cummings, Kate and Jol Temple, and Indian designers Ragini Siruguri and Dhwani Shah. Sofie Laguna, Maggie Beer and senator Penny Wong will also share their favourite stories as part of a series of events in the children’s program.
This year, the festival is partnering with participating schools, retirement villages and libraries to live stream a wide range of its sessions from 5-7 March.
The festival is once again directed by Laura Kroetsch, who has announced that this will be her final year directing Adelaide Writers’ Week.
To view the full program, click here.