The Williamstown Literary Festival is the biggest literary festival for writers and readers in the Melbourne western suburbs.

    A weekend feast of books, ideas, conversations and performances all in the beautiful Williamstown Town Hall and Library. This event has grown into one of the country’s most respected word fests, attracting some of Australia’s best loved authors. The festival also has a strong focus on local participation, with the annual People’s Choice and Ada Cambridge awards for aspiring local writers and poets.

    Organised and staffed by a committee of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about words, ideas, conversation and community, it started as an idea over coffee between founding committee members Angela Altair and Catherine Ryan, and now attracts some of Australia’s best loved authors.

    From little things…

    The 15th Williamstown Literary Festival celebrates the belief that from little things extraordinary things grow. Little things make big things happen. Little words become sentences that blossom into compelling short stories and novellas. Sentences grow into revealing biographies, novels and books of every kind; books that challenge and change us. Line by line, poems are crafted. Word by word stories are nurtured, recalled and recounted. Lyric by lyric, songs spring to life and image by image, unforgettable picture books are born.

    Events include panels, interviews, workshops for children, teenagers and adults, film, readings, storytelling and games. Writers of all genres including poetry, novels, non-fiction, blogging, science fiction, romance, drama, television and sports will be featured.

    The festival weekend is Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th June 2018. For a full program, tickets and more:

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