Festival Program


Workshop: The Personal and Political in Fiction

Sun 8 Sep, 10am

Do writers have a duty to directly confront global issues and those in power, or is it enough for them to connect us via human stories of home? Amal Awad addresses this perennial question, and shares how to write fiction that positions the personal and political as catalysts for storytelling.

A creative collaboration with Writers Victoria


2 hours 30 minutes



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Local Libraries: Amal Awad

Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm
Free Wishlist

Fridays with my Folks by author and journalist Amal Awad shares heartfelt and honest stories on aging, illness, and life.

Highlight Event

Love Letter to a Book

Sat 7 Sep, 10am

Have you ever written a heartfelt note to your favourite novel saying thank you for the way it moved you? Hear four writers read a love letter to their favourite book.


Workshop: Poetry and Performance

Sun 1 Sep, 10am

Bankstown Poetry Slam Slambassador Sara Saleh teaches how to craft and perform commanding lyrical verses and find power in your voice.