At Editor Group, words and ideas are some of our favourite things. So, what could be better than enjoying the two together under one roof – at a writers’ festival? There’s plenty going on in that regard in 2023, whether you’re based in Australia, Singapore or the US.

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2023

22–28 May

One of Australia’s biggest annual celebrations of words and ideas, held in the cavernous former railway workshops of Carriageworks. Rub shoulders with literati from Australia and overseas, listen to your favourite authors discuss the value of everything from a good argument to a life of excess – or just sit back and enjoy a drink, a free event or the buzzing atmosphere.

Editor Group has sponsored the Sydney Writers’ Festival since 2014.

Keep your eye out for the official program, which is set to be released mid-March.

Australian festivals

Perth Festival, Writers Weekend

25–26 February

A weekend that brings together authors and audiences in the beautiful gardens of the Freemantle Arts Centre. Bring a picnic!

Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week

4–9 March

This years’ theme? The Truth Be Told. Take the opportunity to “marvel at the craft, creativity and imagination of writers and to savour conversations with substance”.

Melbourne Writers Festival

4–7 May

Held in Australia’s southern metropolis of cool and a UNESCO City of Literature, the Melbourne Writers Festival brings together storytellers from around the country and the world.

Brisbane Writers Festival

10–14 May

The only literary event on our list with the subtropical backdrop of Brisbane. This years’ theme is Where Our Stories Live.

International events

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

22–23 April

The largest book festival in the northern hemisphere, held in the grounds of the University of Southern California. It’s a free, public event that celebrates the written word.

Bay Area Book Festival

6–7 May

Featuring bold and brilliant literary voices in conversation about issues that matter, the Bay Area Book Festival has been around since 2015.

Brooklyn Book Festival

September/October (2023 date yet to be announced)

A major, free literary festival that reflects Brooklyn’s dynamic, cross-cultural book readers and literary community.

Boston Book Festival

October (2023 date yet to be announced)

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight and inspire, the Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas.

Singapore Writers Festival

November (2023 date yet to be announced)

One of Asia’s premier literary events, the Singapore Writers Festival began in 1986 and has quickly grown into an exciting meeting point for writers, academics and thinkers of all stripes.


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