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Change seems to be the only constant in these fluid and necessarily flexible times. We are on "unstable ground" (see? We knew it was the perfect theme for 2021!), but while we apologise for the inconvenience these changes may cause to our punters, we have no choice but to embrace it and continue working behind the scenes to deliver our amazing Festival. Thank you for understanding.

If you have the printed guide in your hands, please note the following sessions have been affected.


We will do our best to keep this page updated with any changes that may occur: before heading to the Garden on the day, make sure you check the website for any schedule or line-up changes.


It is with great regret that Arundhati Roy advised she must withdraw from Adelaide Writers’ Week, as family illness requires her to travel to regional India where internet speeds and connection cannot be guaranteed. Her session Azadi, scheduled for 5pm on Saturday 27 Feb, is now cancelled. 

We look forward to having Arundhati join us at a future Festival - hopefully in person!

The 5pm slot on Saturday February 27 will now be filled by Trent Dalton’s session All Our Shimmering Skies, which moves from 12pm on the same day due to Trent’s changed commitments in Brisbane.

We are thrilled to announce that the 12pm slot on Saturday February 27 will now be filled by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar, who joins the Writers’ Week program to discuss his acclaimed novel, Homeland Elegies, described by Richard Flanagan as “the best American novel I’ve read in years”.  

The Dragons and the Snakes with David Kilcullen will now be on Saturday 27 Feb at 1:15pm on the West Stage.

Suburban Dreaming with Geoff Goodfellow and Christopher Raja will be on Saturday 27 Feb at 3:45pm on the West Stage.

Charlotte McConaghy has had to withdraw from this year's Adelaide Writers' Week for health reasons: as a result, the 9:30am session on the West Stage on Saturday morning will be focused on Kate Mildenhall's The Mother Fault.

Don Watson is now unable to join us at Writers' Week in person: he will instead join us in the Garden via live streaming, participating in his session on Watsonia as scheduled.

Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys unfortunately won't be able to make it to Adelaide for Kids' Day: their session in the Torrens Tent on Saturday will be taken by award-winning author Adam Cece and My Favourite Story at 2pm will see Ollie and the Wind author, Ronojoy Ghosh, take the stage.


Kate Grenville is now unable to join us at Writers' Week in person: she will instead join us in the Garden via live streaming, participating in her session, A Room Made of Leaves, as scheduled.

Davina Bell's session in the Middle & YA Day program has been replaced by YA author Poppy Nwosu who will tell us all about the heroines of her YA books and their Little Quirks and Grand Passions.


Alex Miller's session on the East Stage on Monday at 2:30pm will be replaced by Lateral Histories, with Laura Elvery and Chris Flynn.


Davina Bell's place in Your Book and Your Brand, part of the new series The Business of Being a Writer, will be taken by Jessie Tu.


Peter Timms, Paul Daley and George Megalogenis are now unable to join us at Writers' Week in person: they will instead join us in the Garden via live streaming, participating in their session City Series as scheduled.


Garry Disher, Amanda Lohrey and Gail Jones have had to withdraw from this year's Adelaide Writers' Week.

South Australian author Kylie Maslen will take the East Stage at 12pm to talk about living with invisible illness in Show Me Where it Hurts, and Walkley Award-winners Malcolm Knox and Jacqueline Maley will discuss moving between the worlds of journalism and fiction in Words and Worlds, at 1:15pm on the West Stage.

At 2:30pm on the West Stage, Chris Hammer and Emma Viskic will talk to Cath Kenneally about crafting compelling Charismatic Crime Fighters, and the long-term commitment required to write a series.


If you have any doubts or questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or DM on social media.

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