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About Writers' Week

A marvellously free six-day event in a shady spot on the edge of the River Torrens

Sydney Morning Herald

Adelaide Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations in a garden setting in Adelaide’s city centre. Each carefully selected program brings the world's most celebrated established and emerging writers together for a week that delights, surprises and enlightens audiences. Over the years, Adelaide Writers’ Week has seen some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers in conversation about literature, politics, poetry, current events, biography, the short story and much, much more.

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 Young Readers' Day, which attracts hundreds of families for fun and engaging literary adventures. 

Louise Adler is the Director of Adelaide Writers' Week and presented her first program in 2023. She also programs the 2024 and 2025 festivals.


About the 2024 Writers' Week program
Adelaide Writers' Week has finished for 2024! Access the 2024 podcasts here >>

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1 Mar - 6 Mar 2025  |  28 Feb - 5 Mar 2026


Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week acknowledge the rights of individuals to hold different and divergent views.  Views held by our writers are not necessarily the views of the organisation. We respect freedom of speech and the respectful exchange of ideas.  We will not tolerate any behaviour that is insulting, against the law, or racist in any form, and we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding racism towards our staff, artists, audiences, and the communities we serve. We will not permit commentary during our festival that is insulting or racist.