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Adelaide Writers' Week

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Adelaide Writers' Week, held in the capital of South Australia since 1960 and considered one of the world's pre-eminent literary events, is a traditional part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts where attendees meet and discuss literature with Australian and international writers in "Meet the Author" sessions, readings and lectures. It is held in Adelaide's Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden.


It is Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations. Curated by Director Laura Kroetsch, each carefully selected program brings the world's most celebrated established and emerging writers together for a week that delights, surprises and enlightens audiences.

Each Adelaide Writers’ Week includes six days of free panel sessions that are presented live in the gardens, and made available online via podcast. The program also features a series of ticketed special events throughout the year, and the popular free Kids’ Weekend, which attracts hundreds of families for fun and engaging literary adventures.


The first Adelaide Writers' Week was held in 1960 as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. From 2013 Adelaide Writer's Week became an annual event.


Adelaide Writer's Week in 2014 featured international best sellers and emerging writers including Alexis Wright, Andy Griffiths, Margaret Drabble, Elizabeth Gilbert, Alexander McCall Smith and Marcus Chown.


2013 was the first annual Adelaide Writer's Week. The most pronounced theme was that of war stories featuring visiting artists that included Tom Holland, Kevin Powers, Tatjana Soli and Madeleine Thien.


Adelaide Writer's Week in 2012 saw a focus on younger readers hosting the first Kid's Program. A larger non-fiction program was included featuring artists Javier Cercas, Kate Grenville, Les Murray and Alan Hollinghurst.


Adelaide Writer's Week in 2010 featured a collection of established overseas and Australian writers including Richard Dawkins, Audrey Niffengger, William Dalrymple and Robert Dessaix


2008's Writers' Week was held between 2 March and 7 March 2008 and featured a number of prize-winning authors, including Ian McEwan, Peter Carey, Paul Auster, Geraldine Brooks, and Tim Parks. Other notable authors included feminist Germaine Greer, British historian Richard Holmes, Sri Lanka native Roma Tearne, and American author Siri Hustvedt. Australian authors included poet and novelist David Malouf, Robyn Davidson, Tumby Bay native Kate Llewellyn, Matt Rubinstein, Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta, and actor and novelist William McInnes.


2006's Writers' Week focused on Dutch and Indian writing and was held between 5 March and 10 March 2006. Notable visiting authors included Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham, crime novelists Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor and Minette Walters and Indian author Vikram Seth. Australian authors included historian professor Geoffrey Blainey and Adelaidean Peter Goldsworthy


In 2005, visiting authors included Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Ruth Rendell and Neal Stephenson.


Adelaide Writers' Week Wikipedia

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