Over 90 international and local writers will participate in the second annual Adelaide Writers’ Week with six days of conversation and debate set to take place in the beautiful Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.
The souvenir Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014 program is now available from participating bookshops and newsagents across Adelaide for $10 or by contacting Adelaide Festival.
Among the writers not to be missed are Margaret Drabble (UK), Elizabeth Gilbert (USA), Alexander McCall Smith (UK), Marcus Chown (UK), Margaret MacMillan (CAN) and Diarmaid MacColluch (UK).
The expanded kids program promises two fun-filled days of stories, puppets, paintings and a Nylon Zoo. In the Story Tent kids will have a chance to see Asphyxia, Australia’s leading Deaf circus performer turned puppeteer; Slapstick Theatre’s Punch and Judy and a whole host of storytellers including Mem Fox and Andy Griffiths.
Ticketed sessions this year include discussions on accessing quantum physics with Marcus Chown’s What a Wonderful World, 1914, and A History of Christianity presented by one of the world’s most influential church historians Diarmaid MacCulloch. Plus for the first time, an entire day devoted to the wonderful and weird graphic novelists with Comics Can Do Anything featuring Alison Bechdel (USA), Simon Hanselmann (AUS), Mandy Ord (AUS) and more.
Of the many conversations that will take place in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden from Saturday 1 March to Thursday 6 March, you will hear stories about love, death, marriage, the Great Barrier Reef, both World Wars, clean water, unhappy families, the working class, illegal drugs, swimming pools, NYC in the 70s, colonial Australia, gold mines, God, politics, apps and the environment.
In her third year as Adelaide Writers’ Week Director, Laura Kroetsch said: “This year is all about big books and big ideas – be it in fiction, non-fiction or comics. New to the program is a day devoted to comic art and illustration: Comics Can Do Anything brings together artists who explore topics as varied as sexual politics, classic literature, immigration, family relations, and of course creatures. The evening session in Elder Hall feature some of our most acclaimed and often controversial thinkers for robust conversations about contemporary science, war’s legacies, and the power of the Church. Back in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden audiences will enjoy some of today’s most exciting fiction writers as 2014 is without question one of our strongest line ups of novelists to date.”
Writers discussing their debut novels will include Sydney based Fiona McFarlane, South Australia’s Hannah Kent, and D. W. Wilson (CAN). Those discussing their second novels include Rachel Kushner (USA) and 28-year-old Eleanor Catton (NZ) 2013 Man-Booker winner.
On Saturday, March 1 the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill will announce the winners of all 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature including Fiction, Children’s Literature, Non-Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, John Bray Poetry and the Premier’s Award.