Brisbane Writers Festival has today announced a stellar line up of over 160 internationally renowned writers, thinkers and opinion makers appearing at State Library of Queensland, the home of Brisbane Writers Festival, from September 5–8. Now in its 57th year, Brisbane Writers Festival celebrates and champions the work of writers who contemplate the big issues facing the world; climate, race, gender and digital.
In recognition of the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, this year the Festival will explore the powerful ways in which Australia’s traditional custodians convey story, both now and in the past.
The 2019 Brisbane Writers Festival kicks off with a huge celebration at State Library of Queensland headed by Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy. The Indigenous Australian rapper, dancer, actor and visual was named the 2019 Young Australian of the Year and is an advocate for Indigenous Australian communities. Joining Baker Boy is writer, actor and comedian Steven Oliver (A Chance Affair), Omar Sakr (The Lost Arabs), Australian slam poetry championships winner Solli Raphael and Indigenous slam queen Melanie Mununggurr-Williams.
International guests include Jasper Fforde famed for the hugely popular Thursday Next series, best-selling historical fiction author Ann Weisgarber (The Glovemaker), Joanne Ramos, whose dystopian debut novel The Farm has drawn comparisons with The Handmaid’s Tale, New York Times bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker, Gemma Hartley (Fed Up), and poet, sociologist and author, Eve L. Ewing. Ewing’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Postand The New Republic.
The Festival is also proud to showcase the work of local and Australian authors, including audience favourites Benjamin Law (The Family Law), Clementine Ford (Boys Will be Boys), Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip), Ashley Hay (One Hundred Small Lessons),John Marsden (So Much to Tell You and Tomorrow, When The War Began), Jane Caro (Accidental Feminists), Richard Glover (The Land Before Avocado) and Rosalie Ham (The Dressmaker).
In 2019, Brisbane Writers Festival is bringing new ways to experience literature to State Library of Queensland. Angel’s Palace, an immersive literary experience inspired by the Alexis Wright’s monumental work Carpentaria, will return to Maiwar Green featuring performances created by Indigenous playwright and theatre maker Alethea Beetson, for all ages, as well as panel discussions and author talks. First featured at Brisbane Writers Festival in 2017, Angel’s Palace is a 7.5 metre dome decorated with original artwork by acclaimed Brisbane artist Gordon Hookey.
The festival is also launching a collaboration with Anna Spiro inspired by Jessica Anderson’s Miles Franklin award-winning novel Tirra Lirra by the River. Festivalgoers are invited to experience Anderson’s work through the lens of Brisbane’s most iconic designer. Anna is known for her residential and commercial work – including interior of Mr Percival’s as part of the Howard Smith Wharves development. Tirra Lira by the River will be a special space to catch up with friends, read and soak up the Festival’s atmosphere. There will also be free events in the installation, including workshops open mic sessions.
For those aspiring and established writers there is also plenty on offer. Learn the art of historical fiction and archival research with Ann Weisgarber, craft a daring and genre breaking novel with Jasper Fforde, create compelling YA characters with Lili Wilkinson and much more.
Love YA is also back in 2019, bringing a full day of free YA programming to Brisbane Square Library on Saturday September 7.
This is just a small taste of what to expect – to check out the whole program, head to the BWF website.