Adelaide Writers’ Week announces full star-studded 2022 program

The jam-packed and star-studded six-day event features 165 of the world’s best literary minds who will inspire, challenge and delight audiences.

Writers from Australia and around the world will come together live and virtually explore the theme A Better Picture at the 37th Adelaide Writers’ Week, which launches its full program today.

The jam-packed and star-studded six-day event features 165 of the world’s best literary minds who will inspire, challenge and delight audiences. The week will gear up on Saturday, March 5 and conclude on Thursday, March 10.

A further 92 local, national and international authors have been added to the initial line-up, expanding the guests who will appear live at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, while international authors will appear via real-time digital live stream from their home countries.

Among those writers announced today is actor and writer Bryan Brown and Australian authors, John Bell, Jonathan Biggins, Jane Caro, former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, Anita Heiss, Bruce Pascoe, Grace Tame, Bernard Collaery and Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson; and international authors Anthony Doerr (USA), Elif Shafak (UK) and Patrick Radden Keefe (USA).

Those announced today join previously highlighted participants including Australian international literary superstars Liane Moriarty and Michelle de Kretser, Oxford University’s Amia Srinivasan, Sri Lankan 2021 Booker Prize nominee Anuk Arudpragasam, and Monash University Publishing’s In the National Interest series featuring Samantha Crompvoets, Martin Parkinson and Kevin Rudd.

Ahead of delivering her fourth and final Writers’ Week, Jo Dyer said “We feted 2021 as heralding a new dawn, but it turned out COVID had a few more pivots and plunges in store for us.”

“Through it all, our authors and academics, poets and journalists, have dug deep and kept writing ‒ exploring, imagining, interrogating and engaging in the kind of expansive thinking that opens up possibilities and helps us see things anew.

“I have no doubt that the combined creativity and imagination of our authors and audiences can bring A Better Picture into focus.”

Events in 2022 are free entry, with the exception of the online ticketed series Curated Dozen: From Our Place to Yours where tickets will be available on a Pay What You Can basis.

The 12 events include Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull in conversation with How Fast Things Fall, Jane Caro and Debra Oswald discussing their novels in Into Her Own Hands, Christos Tsiolkas and Charlotte Wood who are Comrades in Words, and Robin DiAngelo with Nice Racism.

This is the perfect opportunity to be a part of the fun for those living outside Adelaide, who have difficulties making it to the Gardens or simply can’t make it in person on the day.

The Plane Tree Stage comes alive all week with discussions both pertinent and profound. On Monday it’s about The China Question, delving into the history and culture of our most enigmatic neighbour as experts ponder how we can best manage our vexed relationship with Beijing. On Tuesday an array of wonderful writers have been invited to Tell Me Your Story, showcasing the illuminating memoirs published in the last 12 months. Both days conclude with a revamped Twilight Talks hosted by the prolific Benjamin Law.

Poetry will also take the spotlight at three separate Plane Tree Stage events.

With the support of Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card,Writers’ Week will be livestreaming the East Stage sessions from Monday 7 March to Thursday 10 March to schools, libraries, community centres and retirement villages around South Australia to ensure as many members of the community have access to the event as possible.

Adelaide Writers’ Week has been made possible by the generous support of Channel 9.


Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, King William Road, Adelaide

Saturday 5 – Thursday 10 March

Keep up to date with Adelaide Writers’ Week online.

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