Literary festivals: Who are they for?

Glover, Stuart (2010) Literary festivals: Who are they for?. Ultimo, NSW, Australia, ABC Radio National.

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Author Glover, Stuart
Title Literary festivals: Who are they for?
Place of publication Ultimo, NSW, Australia
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Publisher ABC Radio National
Publication date 2010-04-23
Series The Book Show
Editor Ramona Koval
Total pages 1 Radio podcast
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
It's that time of year again. Writers and readers from around the country are about to gather in numbers for the Sydney Writers' Festival, to be followed by Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Mildura, the Kimberley—and the list goes on. This month's Australian Author magazine even offers some advice on how to get through a festival program.

Sydney based writer Louis Nowra has 11 tips on things your should know before setting out, like don't punch reviewers at your first festival, never be a moderator, choose the right panel and avoid poets. The number of festivals around the country is growing and many smaller regional centres are starting literary events as part of a broader arts festival.

So who goes to writers' festivals and what purpose do they serve? Are they just about selling books or are they a genuine attempt to encourage debate, discussion and conversation?
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