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Hot off the Press: Adelaide Writers' Week 2017

1 February 2017

The full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week 2017 has arrived! With writers from across the globe converging on the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden from 4-9 March, this is a chance for writers, readers and lovers of literature to hear some of the world’s best contemporary writers and thinkers live.

The fifth annual event and 32nd Adelaide Writers’ Week will host poets, playwrights, novelists, historians, biographers, scientists, feminists, journalists and more from Australia, the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Korea, Iceland, New Zealand, Indonesia and Germany. Together they will tackle war and peace, migrants and refugees, religion, social engineering, politics, history and more.

New additions to the already stellar line-up include Nathan Hill (US), Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK), Adam Fitzgerald (US), Giulia Enders (GER), Peter Ho Davies (US), Peter Robinson (UK), Jessa Crispin (US) and Decca Aitkenhead (UK), as well as Australians Elizabeth Harrower, Kate Grenville, Sebastian Smee, Patrick Allington and Julia Baird.

They join already announced names including UK journalist and war correspondent Patrick Cockburn, Irish playwright, novelist and poet Sebastian Barry, Jessie Burton (UK), Janine di Giovanni (US), Australian journalist and broadcaster Richard Fidler, Alberto Manguel (ARG/CAN), Kate Summerscale (UK), Booker Prize nominated Canadian author Madeleine Thien, best-selling South Australian author Hannah Kent, and American feminist and internet troll hunter Lindy West for six days of free open air readings and literary conversation.

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The much-loved Kids’ Weekend returns in 2017 with two days of stories, painting, printing, parades and more. Slip inside the Story Tent for daily readings by a bundle of children’s writers, including a very cheeky performance of Claudia Rowe’s The Very Hungry Bum. Stop by Nest Studios and the inflatable Nylon Zoo, and help writer/illustrator duo Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim create a giant mural based on their book, You Are Stardust.

This year, Writers’ Week is dedicated to one of Australia’s most celebrated writers, Elizabeth Harrower, who joins previously honoured dedicatees Brenda Niall, Robert Dessaix, Margo Lanagan and Christopher Koch.

A titan of the post-war era, Harrower published her first book Down in the City in 1957 at age 29, followed by The Long Prospect, The Catherine Wheel and her 1966 masterpiece The Watch Tower, after which she gave up writing altogether. Nearly half a century of silence later her “lost” novel In Certain Circles was released and Harrower has returned to delight a new generation of writers, readers and critics. She will be joined on stage on the first day of Writers’ Week (Saturday March 4) by Michael Heyward, the publisher who made it possible.

Make sure you don’t miss a single session by bookmarking our handy digital daily schedule, or pick up a printed copy of the guide from all good bookshops and participating newsagents and libraries across Adelaide.

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