Williamstown Literary Festival 2023

Published on 19 May 2023

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This year the Williamstown Literary Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary over a jam-packed program.

While the festival is being held at the historic Williamstown Town Hall on June 16, 17 and 18, the program features a series of five special co-hosted events at the Louis Joel Arts Centre and Community (LJAC) centre in Altona.

There are sessions discussing witchcraft in the 21st century, gardening to encourage native bees, food writing, romance, and the relevance of our national broadcaster, the ABC. The saltiest session will be the early morning beach swim on the Sunday following a unique writing salon about the ocean and the Jawbone Reserve at the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club.

For 2023 the kids’ program returns with sessions for younger readers, including a Sunday morning treat with Spike the Surf Dog, the amazing Melbourne rescue dog who won Noosa’s Dog Surfing Competition, and is a friend to the sea creatures of Port Phillip Bay.

The program also includes all the much-loved features of the Willy Lit Fest: Stereo Stories, the concert where music and memoir meet; the People’s Choice Awards, where writers established and emerging get up to read their own works, and the awards ceremony for the prestigious Ada Cambridge Prizes and the Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award.

Programs are available at any library branch or click here to download(PDF, 4MB).

Tickets are on sale now.