Brisbane Writers Festival 2016 program announced

Booklovers of South-East Queensland, it’s officially time to get excited – you can now buy tickets to the 2016 Brisbane Writers Festival (7-11th September).

And this year’s program… another fantastic line-up brought together by Julie B and her talented team at UPLIT.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

the-mandiblesOpening Address: Connection and Belonging with Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Mandibles)

Nick Earls: Be enchanted by Wisdom Tree Live, where surprise Festival Artists will be reading all five of Nick’s Novellas live for the very first time.

Annual BWF Great Debate: Watch the temperature gauge soar as Team Australia takes on the world with this satirical discussion on ideas and politics. Two teams including A.C. Grayling, Dave O’Neil, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and debate moderator David Astle will bring this heated debate to the stage.

The Beast's Garden by Kate ForsythThe Beast’s Garden, in conversation with Kate Forsyth: Journey beyond the fable with internationally-bestelling author Kate Forsyth (Bitter Greens, The Wild Girl).

Suki Kim : Five years ago Suki Kim went undercover in North Korea to infiltrate and understand a world built on secrecy and lies. Her investigations and insights form the fascinating New York Times bestselling non-fiction Without You, There Is No Us.

Jonathan Unleashed with Meg Rosoff: Reflects on writing humour, canine characters and shifting gears between YA to adult fiction for her latest novel.

Resurrection Bay by Emma ViskicNot Your Average Hero: Sarah Kanake and the Davitt and Ned Kelly Award winning Emma Viskic (Resurrection Bay) have both written powerful, curious and complicated protagonists who are set apart by living with a disability. Join them as they explore identity in literature.

My Last Continent by Midge RaymondMy Last Continent, in conversation with Midge Raymond: Join us as she lifts the lid on the quiet magic that lies within her stunning debut novel set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape.

The Death of All Things Seen, in conversation with Michael Collins: Booker-shortlisted Irish author Michael Collins tackles complex family secrets set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis in his new novel.

Plus masterclasses, in conversations and panel discussions featuring a host of well-known and emerging international and Australian authors such as:

Set aside some time to explore the full 2016 program and devise your festival game plan.

See my “5 Tips For Getting The Most Out of a Writers Festival”.

5 tips for getting the most out of your writers festival experience

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