Brisbane Writers Festival has announced a stacked line-up of more than 160 local and international guests, with this year’s event revolving around the central themes of climate, race, gender and the digital world.
Running from September 5 to 8 at QAGOMA and the State Library of Queensland, the festival features international stars including Jasper Fforde, Ann Weisgarber, Joanne Ramos and Eve L. Ewing. They’ll appear alongside local luminaries such as radio presenter and author of The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover; author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham; and celebrated Queensland-born writer Benjamin Law.
With 2019 being the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, this year’s festival has a particular focus on Indigenous storytelling, with First Nation storytellers Daniel Baker (better known as rap artist Baker Boy), Melissa Lucashenko, Tony Birch, Uncle Jack Charles and Claire G. Coleman all appearing.
“At Brisbane Writers Festival this year we are privileged to present some of our most compelling and evocative writers and storytellers from our First Nations,” festival CEO and artistic director Zoe Pollock said in a news release. “Acknowledging difference and understanding how we can use stories to connect to one another is at the heart of this year’s program.”
Other draws at this year’s festival include an installation by award-winning Brisbane designer Anna Spiro inspired by Jessica Anderson’s iconic novel Tirra Lirra by the River. Plus the Angel’s Palace “immersive literary experience” will once again be in full swing on Maiwar Green with all-ages performances by Indigenous playwright and theatre maker Alethea Beetson, panel discussions and author talks.
For more information on Brisbane Writers Festival, see here.