An exciting year so far for Wollongong Writers Festival – Upcoming Events

An exciting year so far

By Linda Godfrey

Wollongong Writers Festival is where words matter, quality counts, and readers and writers can partake in one of the modern world’s greatest joys: the writers festival. We hope to provide you with a valuable experience to help you in your pursuit of the love of stories.


Photo of writer, Fiona McGregor

Fiona McGregor

Coming Soon in July

Fionna McGregor in conversation with Shady Cosgrove

On July 28, we present Fiona McGregor, author and performance artist,  in conversation with local author and teacher, Shady Cosgrove, talking about Fiona’s book Indelible Ink.


Photo of writer Shady Cosgrove

Shady Cosgrove


Indelible Ink was published to a broad and enthusiastic readership. Set in contemporary Sydney, this novel is a family saga; it is a love/hate song to Sydney, and a savage indictment of middle-class conservatism, real estate obsession and Australian affluenza.

Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Indie Book awards, the Barbara Jefferis Award, and the WA Premiers Awards. It was published in the UK by Atlantic in June 2012.



Photo of book cover, Indelible Ink, by Fiona McGregor
Christos Tsiolkas  said about Indelible Ink:

“For a long time now, when people ask me a favourite Australian author, invariably I think and say Fiona McGregor. There is a gutsiness, a splendour and command of language and expression in her writing that thrills me every time I read her. Indelible Ink is a stunning book, a novel that addresses our world and our time with an acute and ferocious acumen. Marie King, the grandmother who begins to understand living and courage with her first tattoo, is destined to become one of the great characters of Australian literature. This is a superb book by – undeniably now – one of our finest writers. ”



Charlotte Wood-18

Charlotte Wood speaking with Caroline Baum

We have a series of teaser events throughout the year before the Festival weekend, but the one just passed, on the 18th June, was massive!

Charlotte Wood was here, in Thirroul to talk about her latest book, The Natural Way of Things, which has been shortlisted for practically any prize – literary or not – this year, and won the stellar Stella Prize 2016, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. Charlotte was in conversation with Caroline Baum. Fascinating chat between two friends. The audience lapped it up.


This year the festival has terrific partners, sponsors and venues that recognise that the Festival is here for the community; to enjoy ourselves, to immerse ourselves in all things wordy and literary, not to mention give you something to think about over your cornflakes for a few days.


See you at the Tom Thumb Room 6.30pm, 28th July, 2016, Wollongong Central Library. Come join us, there will be nibblies and drinks. Tickets $10. Books for sale and the author will be available to sign books.


You can view all the details and booking links on our Events page here, or book your tickets now!



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