Brisbane Writers Festival 2019

State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Writers Festival 2019 features a stellar line-up of over 160 internationally-renowned writers, thinkers and opinion makers at the State Library of Queensland from September 5 to 8.

Now in its 57th year, BWF 2019 will explore the powerful ways in which Australia’s traditional custodians convey story, both now and in the future; beginning with a massive celebration at SLQ on Thursday, September 5.

The Marion Taylor Opening Night gala will be headed by rapper, dancer and Young Australian of the Year Danzal Baker, aka Baker Boy, with other special guests including writer, actor and comedian Steven Oliver (A Chance Affair), Arab-Australian poet Omar Sakr (The Lost Arabs), the youngest ever Australian Poetry Slam winner Solli Raphael (12 years old), and 2018 Australian Slam Poetry champion Melanie Munungurr-Williams.

Brisbane Writers Festival 2019, Baker Boy

International authors attending this year's festival are Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair and Early Riser), Ann Weisgarber (The Glovemaker), Gemma Hartley (Fed Up: Navigating and Redefining Emotional Labour for Good), and Eve L. Ewing (Electric Arches). 

Meanwhile, local talents include Clementine Ford (Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys), Benjamin Law (The Family Law), Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip), Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow), and Rosalie Ham (The Year of the Farmer and The Dressmaker). 

Brisbane Writers Festival 2019, Clementine Ford

Festival highlights include: 

New this year, BWF is presenting a limited number of book club sessions with Meet the Author events. Fans will have the chance to meet some of their favourite authors and ask questions at these small group sessions which include a glass of wine and nibbles.  Authors include Jasper Fforde, Rosalie Ham, Ann Weisgarbe, Joanne Ramos (The Farm), Karen Thompson Walker (The Dreamers), and Mikey Robbins (Seven Deadly Sins and One Very Naughty Fruit). 

Angel’s Palace returns in 2019 paying tribute to Carpentaria, the award-winning novel by Indigenous Australian author Alexis Wright. Designed by acclaimed Brisbane-based artist Gordon Hookey, Angel's Palace is a multi-media venue where performances and installations are brought to life by creative collaborators, representing the voice of Indigenous Australia and celebrating Aboriginal storytelling and literature.

Brisbane Writers Festival 2019

Festival goers can catch up with friends between sessions and soak up the festival's atmosphere at Tirra Lirra by the River, inspired by Jessica Anderson’s Miles Franklin Award-winning novel. Drawing inspiration from the text and the passionately evoked Queensland setting, multi-award winning local designer Anna Spiro has created this bespoke hub for Brisbane Writers Festival. 

Free events for families will be held at a new venue, The Rumpus Room, located at SLQ's River Deck. Sessions include conversations with bestselling author Jessica Townsend, and Australia's much-loved author John Marsden (Tomorrow When the War Began), story time with award-winning illustrator Sophie Beer, a funny story session with children's author and comedian Oliver Phommavanh, and an educational talk on raising readers with former national Vice-President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Megan Daley.

For fans of Young Adult fiction, Love YA is a full day of free events taking place at Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, September 7, including fascinating discussions with some of Australia's best YA authors, and comic-making all day with local comic and graphic novel artist Alisha Jade.

By Deb Lidster

Brisbane Writers Festival is a valued partner of Must do Brisbane

Brisbane Writers Festival 2019

State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place

South Brisbane

Sep 5-8

Free + Ticketed


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