Boroondara Literary Festival

Stay cosy this winter with the second annual Boroondara Literary Festival being hosted across our 6 libraries.

From Tuesday 28 May 2019 until Wednesday 28 August 2019 there are more than 70 free events to choose from. Enjoy something for all ages with poetry readings, workshops, history sessions, author talks and children’s workshops among the offerings.

Join our inspirational author talks with the likes of Melbourne crime writer J.P. Pomare, heart surgery survivor and author of The Long Road from a Broken Heart, Jeremy Scott and author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham.

If poetry is more your forté, then head to Hawthorn Library for the Australian Poetry Slam heats. Bring your best words for a chance to be selected for the finals at the Sydney Opera House! Or come along to Painting in Tongues, our regular night of spoken word poetry and open mic.

Journey through history with sessions on the origins of language and writing a timeline of history through books, or find the best historical collections and podcasts online. We will also delve into the history of some famous fairytales and their modern retellings.

Our children’s workshops are the perfect activity to keep kids' minds active throughout the colder months. The Young Writers, Readers and Publishers Workshop covers creative writing for magazines, comics, poetry and fan fiction, with sessions for upper primary and secondary school ages. The Boroondara Library Service staff will also be dressing up for story times and crafts during Children’s Book Week in August.

How to book

All events are free. Simply register online to secure your spot.

To see the full schedule of Literary Festival events, times and locations, visit Boroondara Literary Festival or call Boroondara Library Service on 9278 4666.

Don't forget... 

Submissions for the Boroondara Literary Awards are open until 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019.

Held in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the annual awards encourage literacy and celebrate creativity by writers and poets.

There’s a total prize pool of $8,000 up for grabs across the Young Writers and Open Short Story categories. The winners and highly commended entrants will have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology and will also be invited to a special ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Interested in entering? Visit Literary awards or call the Boroondara Literary Awards coordinator on 9278 4036.