Context: Adelaide’s New Winter Writing Festival
Adelaide City Libraries and Writers SA (formerly SA Writers Centre) have launched a new winter writing festival.
Context will run over three days this weekend, connecting local and interstate writers, and encouraging storytelling and ideas sharing.
The festival will open on Friday July 12 with a powerful address from Noongar woman and award-winning Terra Nullius author Claire G. Coleman on the stories that define a country, and the lies and falsehoods in the “national myth”. There’ll also be live music by local artist Naomi Keyte, who will run a songwriting workshop on Sunday.
Held at Adelaide City Library, the festival will also host writers Clementine Ford, Adolfo Aranjuez, Miles Merrill, Natalie Harkin, Royce Kurmelovs, Manuela Akot, Mark Riley, Brenna Dillier, Lex Hirst and Karen Wyld.
Eschewing the traditional panel-focused festival set-up, Context’s program will follow a “long-table” format, inviting the audience to participate in discussions by literally taking a seat at the table. There’ll also be a games-writing workshop and live poetry performances, before a closing address by Ford.
Director of Writers SA Jessica Alice (former program manager for Melbourne Writers Festival) said the festival was a timely opportunity for the writing community of South Australia. “Context will be an urgent and spirited moment for writers of all persuasions to gather,” she said in a press release. “The contribution of writers to Australia’s artistic, cultural and political life cannot be overstated, and this event honours that contribution.”
Context runs from July 12 to 14, and is a free and fully accessible event.