2019 program announced Friday, October 11


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A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR, chloe higgins

Throughout history, writers have used storytelling to shine a spotlight on issues that would have otherwise remained in the dark. They have used these stories to illuminate topics that have been silenced, have stigma attached to them, or need to be spoken about in new and more complex ways. They have taken risks, and in doing so helped us make better sense of the world and of ourselves. Now is another one of those times.

This year, Wollongong Writers Festival will be celebrating the power of writing and art for shining a light where there once was shadows. Our program of events is being built around the theme ‘All lit up’, which is to say: the things we do not speak about. I can’t wait to share it with you at our program launch on October 11, 2019. For now though, I promise you we are committed to hosting events that offer a diverse range of voices for sharing informed and educated opinions that resist stereotype.

This is my first year back as Festival Director after a two year hiatus, and I’m so excited to again be supporting Wollongong’s literary community. Since its launch in 2013, Wollongong Writers Festival has become an essential regional festival for writers, readers and thinkers and I am determined to build on that this year with bigger author names and a selection of innovative, boundary-pushing events alongside our traditional literary talks, panels and workshops.

Whether you have been with us since the beginning, or are joining us for the first time this spring, the 2019 Festival will seek to inspire, entertain and, at times, challenge you—just like good writing does.

I hope to see you there. In the meantime, I encourage you to follow us on social media or sign up for our email newsletter for updates.