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For 59 years, Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. Enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions.

The Burrow, a cosy mudbrick and cedar cottage, offers elegant, country-style, self-contained Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Set beside a beautiful billabong, a paradise for its resident abundant bird life, Wombat Bend is a tranquil retreat for writers and artists on an acclaimed Land For Wildlife property. Apart from the frogs and the birdlife, it’s very quiet.

12–17 May 2020. Auckland Writers Festival brings the very best local and international writers together with New Zealand’s readers, to explore ideas, share stories and experience brilliant conversations.

Global Hobo is a fiercely independent publication born in 2013 from empty pockets, open minds and permanently itchy feet. Our ethos is a collage of conscious travel, frugality, liberation, social commentary and cultural relativism. We strive to build an accessible community around storytelling and provide a space for writers to share original views on destinations, experiences and social trends.

For all the wine lovers who enjoy a great bottle but don’t want to get academic about it, Good Pair Days helps them discover exceptional value bottles of wine they wouldn’t normally pick for themselves by combining expert curation with personalisation tech to pair them their very own wine journey, starting at three $15 bottles each month.




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ABR is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, partners and influence. ABR’s diverse programs include three prestigious international prizes, writers’ fellowships each worth $10,000, special issues, national events and paid editorial internships.

For the last twenty years, the ACT Writers Centre has been developing writers and their work, focusing on craft and professional practice over a creative lifetime. As the leading organisation of writing-based culture in the ACT, the Centre continues to build an innovative, vibrant and sustainable sector by providing opportunities for writers and developing beneficial collaborations.

Affirm Press is an independent Melbourne-based publisher dedicated to publishing great Australian stories, big ideas, and the most engaging local and international authors. They’re interested in building relationships, not one-offs, and are driven by finding creative ways of publishing and promoting each title. They’re a close-knit and supportive team, which means each Affirm Press book is lovingly chaperoned through every step of the publishing process.

Allen & Unwin is Australia’s leading independent publisher and has been voted ‘Publisher of the Year’ thirteen times, including the inaugural award in 1992 and eleven times since 2000. They publish around 250 new titles each year including literary and commercial fiction, a broad range of general nonfiction, academic and professional titles and books for children and young adults. Imprints include Allen & Unwin, Albert Street Books, Crows Nest, House of Books, Inspired Living (MBS), Murdoch Books and Pier 9.

Archer magazine is the world’s most inclusive publication about sexuality and gender.

Australian Poetry is a publisher and promoter of Australian poetry, with publications including Australian Poetry Journal and Australian Poetry Anthology. They present an extensive national festival program called Australian Poets Festival, and engage with poets of varying experience, in different stages of their career, running professional and creative development with partner literary organisations.

Avid Reader is Brisbane’s best indie bookstore and cafe, always stocking books, literary journals gifts, CDs and DVDs you won’t find anywhere else! Their jam-packed events series is like a writers festival every week, so you’re always bound to bump into a writer.

Bee sustainable provides specialty supplies and knowledge for beekeeping, cheese making, baking and food-preserving enthusiasts. They provide expert support through the trials of getting started on your path to kitchen and garden self-sufficiency. Bee Sustainable is for resourceful people who value health and a deeper relationship with their food.

For nearly two decades, Better Read Than Dead bookshop has thrived in the heart of Newtown’s King Street, which houses a vibrant community and offers one of the most eclectic shopping experiences in Sydney. Their shop is a literary landmark that nourishes the neighbourhood’s intellectual dynamics with a specially curated collection of books and regular author and community events.

Founded in 2000, Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality nonfiction, fiction and poetry, based in Melbourne. Imprints include the Quarterly Essay journal, Australian Foreign Affairs, and Nero and La Trobe University Press books. They love ideas and stories. They are passionate about important new works of history, politics, biography, criticism and current affairs, as well as novels and poems that open up new worlds.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names.

Books+Publishing is Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry, keeping subscribers up to date with the latest book industry news, events, features, interviews, opinions and more.

Cinema Nova is Melbourne’s home of quality arthouse and contemporary film. With 16 screens showing the best in new release films and hosting regular special film events, Meet The Filmmaker Q&As and film festivals, Cinema Nova’s program offers a diverse and finely curated experience.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society dedicated to importing and screening significant films in their original format.

Cordite Publishing Inc. is an ACNC charity and is listed on the Australian Registry of Cultural Organisations. Its publications are Cordite Poetry Review, an Australian and international journal of poetry review and criticism, and series of print books. Critical writing and reviews are developed to adhere to our Guide for Indigenous Editing and Writing.

Crikey an independent news website that publishes news and analysis on politics, media, business, culture and technology from the best minds in Australian journalism. A Crikey membership includes full access to the Crikey website, daily newsletters the CrikeyWorm and CrikeyInsider, as well as Bernard Keane’s Side View and our weekly round up in the Crikey Weekender every Saturday morning. Inq is Crikey’s new Inquiry Journalism Unit. Inq’s mission is investigative reporting that digs, questions, probes, analyses and scrutinises – relentlessly and without fear or favour.

Crucible Tattoo Co. is Narrm/Melbourne’s first queer-owned and -run tattoo studio, offering a safe space where everyone can feel comfortable and welcome regardless of their gender, sexuality, race, disability or any other factor that may see them made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe in some conventional tattoo studios.

Based in Kirribilli, on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Ensemble Theatre is committed to performing and presenting the best of international plays, well-loved classics and new Australian works. Each season they pride themselves on delivering powerful, memorable and engaging live theatre of the highest standard. Founded in 1958, Ensemble Theatre is the longest continuously running professional theatre in Australia.

Gargouille is a petite and provocative journal preferencing artistry over ideology. Established 2014 by Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell, the journal seeks short fiction, poetry, script and literary works that defy genre.

The Giramondo Publishing Company is an independent, Australian, university-based literary publisher of award-winning poetry, fiction and nonfiction, renowned for the quality of its writing, editing and book design. It seeks to encourage innovative and adventurous literary work that might not otherwise find publication because of its subtle commercial appeal, and to stimulate exchange between Australian writers and readers and their counterparts overseas.

Griffin is the only theatre company in the country entirely devoted to producing new Australian plays. Located in the historic SBW Stables Theatre, nestled in the heart of bustling Kings Cross, Griffin has been a permanent home for the exploration of Australian stories since 1978. They are passionate about nurturing emerging artists. They help ambitious, bold, risk-taking and urgent Australian plays get from a page onto a stage. They tell the stories that will help us know who we are as a nation, and who we want to become.

Stories about us. Written by us. For us.

Griffith Review is a high-quality, agenda-setting, quarterly publication, delivering insight into the issues that matter most in a timely, authoritative and engaging fashion. Each themed collection presents fresh insights and analysis of the big issues from pre-eminent Australian and international writers.

Hardie Grant Books is a vibrant, successful, diverse and dynamic business with a list of books across a range of subjects including food, wine, sport, history, true crime, humour, popular culture and social issues. Their food and wine books are now recognised as some of the world’s best, carrying off major international awards as well as many of Australia’s most highly regarded design awards.

Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, stargazing, cinema-watching, art and new ideas. There’s a unique outdoor stage for live events and a refreshed cafe for relaxing and connecting. Plus, all your favourites, like cinemas, theatres and gallery.

Discover art – indoors and out. HOTA is that kind of place – where art meets life.

Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.

Kill Your Darlings was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent. It is a Melbourne-based, independent publisher of quality Australian fiction, commentary, essays, interviews and reviews. In addition to championing Australian voices in print and online, KYD also produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops and manuscript assessments, and hosts literary events to foster engagement and discussion between writers and readers. This year KYD published its first print anthology of short fiction, New Australian Fiction 2019.

La Mama is a not-for-profit, independent theatre with a distinct artist focus. Treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond the mainstream theatre, La Mama champions artistic freedom and individuality. La Mama has operated out of their home at 205 Faraday Street Carlton since 1967. Sadly, on 19 May 2018 the building on Faraday Street burned down. They plan to reopen by early 2021, using restoration plans that will upgrade the theatre facilities while honouring the simplicity of the original space.

Performances are currently taking place at La Mama Courthouse – 349 Drummond Street – and La Mama’s administrative office is temporary located in the foyer at La Mama Courthouse. La Mama is a home to many and open to all. They hope to see you there.

Laneway Learning hosts informal, accessible evening classes in a diverse range of topics. They are a not-for-profit community-based organisation with classes probably unlike any others you have been to. They are affordable, informal and are taught by ordinary people from the local community; florists teach about flowers, scientists about science and bookworms about books. Attending them is less about becoming an expert overnight and more about getting some top tips to take home and practice later. Attend a Laneway Learning class and you might go away with enough knitting know-how to make your first scarf, an art historian’s eye for a painting, or a killer recipe for chutney.

Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house. Aboriginal owned and led, they celebrate and nurture the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices through the publication of quality literature. Based in Broome, Western Australia, they publish Indigenous authors, storytellers, artists and illustrators from all over Australia.

Meanjin is one of Australia’s best, and oldest, literary journals. It was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 and in 2008 became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing. Meanjin is published four times a year and online.

Publishing books with spine since 1922, Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is Australia’s first and top university press. MUP is the home of agenda-setting political, history and current affairs titles; landmark illustrated art and lifestyle books and the best in Australian academic research and writing. MUP is dedicated to sharing top Australian nonfiction writing with a worldwide audience publishing books and monographs, ebooks and audiobooks.

The Melbourne International Film Festival is an iconic annual event and film-lover’s paradise, showcasing the biggest and most highly anticipated films and cultural experience across the city of Melbourne since 1952. The 69th Melbourne International Film Festival will take place from 6–23 August 2020. For more information visit

Mountain Goat is a pioneer of Australia’s craft beer scene, with their first beer hitting pubs back in 1997. Over twenty years on, they are still brewing beers unrestrained in flavour, technique and creativity. From Steam Ale, one of Australia’s first certified organic beers, through to bold limited releases and complex barrel-aged beers, there is a Mountain Goat beer for everyone.

Noisy Ritual is Melbourne’s urban winery, located at 249 Lygon Street Brunswick East. They’re out to demystify the winemaking process by bringing good people together over great wine, food and music to learn about, taste and create wine in an urban environment. They think making and drinking wine should be a celebration: relaxed, loud, inclusive and fun. It’s all about learning through doing – getting your hands (and feet) dirty in the name of making delicious premium wine.

Looking for some bedtime reading? Find inspiration at North Melbourne’s independent bookstore, stocked with classics and new releases for children and adults. Located in the heart of North Melbourne.

Writing NSW exists to promote writing-based culture and the rights and interests of writers in NSW. Their mission is to make a difference to writers. Writing NSW brings aspirational, emerging, developing and established writers together as a community through the provision of a suite of writing programs and services that support, develop and promote a writing culture.

The NTWC offers an annual program of events (including a writers’ festival) and workshops with the aim of helping writers and aspiring writers develop skills and support networks, and showcase their skills to a wider audience. The NTWC is particularly committed to supporting writers from an Indigenous background, and to overcoming the impacts of geographical isolation experienced by people in the NT.



Since 1979, community broadcaster PBS 106.7FM has been an integral player in Melbourne’s diverse music community – with more than 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz – PBS is dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and championing Melbourne’s diverse music community. You can also find them on digital radio, web-streamingPBS-on-demand and at events around town like Soul A-Go-GoRock-A-Bye-Baby music sessions and many others.

Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, their mission is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers everywhere.

Pan Macmillan Australia publishes a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high-quality titles. They publish under the imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers. Pan Macmillan Australia is committed to investing in Australian authors and stories, and our local publishing program covers a broad range of genres.

Queensland Writers Centre strives for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. Their members are published authors, emerging writers, children’s authors and illustrators, journalists, editors, agents, publishers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, cultural producers, freelancers, teachers, academics and critics. They provide development and support to beginner writers through to established professionals in Australian writing and publishing.

Triple R (102.7 FM) has shaped and inspired the culture of Melbourne. Since its inception as an educational broadcaster in 1976, Triple R has become Australia’s largest community radio station with over 12,000 subscribers and 329,000 listeners per week.

Scribe is an independent trade-publishing house based in Melbourne and London that has been operating for more than 40 years. Scribe publishes books that matter – narrative and literary nonfiction in important topics, and the best of local, international, and translated fiction.

Tailor-made for long writing projects, Scrivener provides everything need to craft your firstdraft. Used by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, lawyers, students, journalists and more,Scrivener brings together tools familiar to writers everywhere in new and excitng ways.

Seizure started as a literary journal in 2010 and now publishes books. Their annual novella competition is the only of its kind in Australia and they pride ourselves on incubating new talent.

Southerly is one of Australia’s oldest continuous literary journals. The journal of the English Association, Sydney, it was launched in 1939 with works by authors such as AD Hope and Kylie Tennant. Southerly is published three times a year, both in print and digitally, and is complemented by a free online section, the Long Paddock. Our entire backlist is available online through the Informit Literature and Culture Collection. Their blog provides commentary and bibliophilic musings from a different writer each month. They are open for submissions all year round.

The Studio Vino paint and sip experience is a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity. Enjoy a glass of wine or two while re-creating the featured painting of the night. Paint, canvas and brushes are provided as well an experienced local artist who leads the group step by step through the process. Join for an unforgettable night of painting, sipping and socialising!

Subbed In is a not-for-profit DIY literary organisation and small press based in Sydney, Australia. Subbed In’s program of publications and events aim to elevate the voices of trans people, people of colour, non-binary people, sex workers, women, people with disability, LGBTQIA+ people, First Nations people, survivors, working class people, and anyone who finds themselves on the margins of the supremely white, cis, heteronormative, capitalist, colonial, ableist, patriarchal hellscape in which we live. For more information visit:

TasWriters supports, develops and promotes Tasmanian writers at all stages of their careers; offers a hub for the dissemination of advice, information and resources, supporting a network of flourishing writers’ groups across the state; develops and strengthens links within and beyond the sector using cooperative programs with other organisations; and maintains a database of writers willing to present workshops, courses and talks in schools, TAFE, UTAS, libraries and migrant services.

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the inaugural Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018.

The Good Copy is a writing school and a shop for word people. Working in Melbourne and Sydney, their proudly nerdy team runs classes and workshops exploring grammar basics and writing tactics in a clear, practical and fun way. For the Overland Subscriberthon, The Good Copy is offering a Stop. Grammar Time. enrolment valued at $350.

TLB is a not-for-profit literary publishing organisation based in Melbourne. Its focus is on finding, publishing and championing work from the artistic and/or demographic margins, from both Australia as well as the rest of the world. TLB has been around since 2007, and produces the quarterly print literary magazine The Lifted Brow, publishes books under its new imprint Brow Books, runs a dynamic website with brand new work on it every day or so, stages many events of all shapes and sizes, oversees writing prizes and competitions, and does a whole bunch of other stuff.

The Pottery Shed offers casual pottery classes at affordable rates with convenient class schedules. Set in a beautiful rustic studio located in Surry Hills, we are open to the public seven days a week. We have the perfect venue for those who wish to learn how to create something unique yet functional.

The Saturday Paper is a quality weekly newspaper, dedicated to narrative journalism. It offers the biggest names and best writing in news, culture, and analysis, with a particular focus on Australia.

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives. They are a resource for exploring self-knowledge through classes, content, community and conversation.

The Wheeler Centre is Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic. Across 200+ events each year, and a unique collection of videos, podcasts and original writing, you’ll find some of the finest local and international writers and thinker sharing their expertise, their imaginations and their ideas. For the latest news and event announcements, subscribe to the Wheeler Weekly e-newsletter.

Transit lounge is an independent press dedicated to the publication of exciting new fiction and nonfiction. They have a particular interest in creative literary publishing that explores the relationships between East and West, entertains and promotes insights into diverse cultures and encompasses diverse genres.

UQP is a dynamic university press known for its risk-taking philosophy and commitment to publishing works of high quality and cultural significance.

Ventura Press is one of Sydney’s leading independent book publishers. Synonymous with high-quality titles and internationally respected authors, they publish a broad range of engaging fiction and non-fiction books – each with the aim of enhancing the lives of readers. Their mission is to provide boutique, innovative and exciting publishing to Australia and the world, and to bring new and established Australian authors to the world stage.

Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics by people under the age of 25. An annual subscription valued at $60 includes: digital editions of Voiceworks delivered to your email inbox, four print editions of Voiceworks delivered to your door, a personal invitation to Voiceworks launches and special events throughout the year and access to exclusive digital content to complement each issue of Voiceworks.

Operating since 1956, Westerly is a literary magazine based in Western Australia. The Magazine provides a Western Australian voice, and publishes material from across Australia and internationally. (Content and subject matter has never been geographically exclusive!) It publishes creative writing and essays in literary and cultural studies. With this mix, Westerly offers a diverse range of works in each issue and is especially interested in maintaining a strong presence of Indigenous content with the help of our Editor for Indigenous Writing, Elfie Shiosaki. The print magazine is published twice a year in July and November, while the website publishes content throughout the year, including two online special issues annually available for free digital download.

Wide Open Road has been roasting coffee out of their Brunswick headquarters since 2009. They consider Wide Open Road less of a company and more a collective of creatives, they seek to craft a product using all of their senses and with an eye toward aesthetics. It’s the human element of coffee that continues to drive them towards quality in all aspects of their business.

Writers SA is a purpose-driven arts organisation that supports and champions South Australian writers. It has a reputation for ambition and excellence, reflected in its work in community engagement and audience development, and their commitment to high calibre programming. Writers SA is unique in the diversity of its members and artists, who come from all ages, backgrounds, locations and cultures. Many face barriers and disabilities to full participation in society. Writers SA are committed to supporting all its writers.

Writers Victoria supports and connects writers. We understand that writing can be an isolated pursuit and our programs are built around a clear need to create a community for writers. These include a range of courses, various publications and the provision of advice through our staff, magazine, weekly enews and website.