Brisbane Writers Festival returns home to State Library of Queensland
from 7-9 May with an incredible program of writers, thinkers, dreamers and artists.
- Benjamin Law has curated five thought-provoking events around the theme of ‘survival’: Changing How We Think to Survive, Stories from the Frontline of Survival, Remixing the World to Save Ourselves, What Our Migrant Families Survived and The World’s Biggest Survival Story.
- 2018 black&write! Fellowship winner, Nardi Simpson, explores the need to listen to the land that sustains us in her book Song of the Crocodile.
- Robert Dessaix and Charlotte Wood’s event Golden Age is a funny, poignant and timeless discussion on growing old.
- Internationally acclaimed author, Trent Dalton chats vividly about Molly Hook from his novel All Our Shimmering Skies.
While you’re at the festival
Take a gallery walk
Start in Knowledge Walk, level 1 | Free
Take a self-guided tour of State Library’s galleries between festival events and discover fascinating treasures around every corner.Learn more
Drop into the Festival Shop
7-9 May | level 1
Peruse a curated range of festival-inspired books. Visit the Festival Shop in-person between events, or shop online now. Shop online
Literary lovers, don’t forget
You can explore more online
Online | Free & ticketed
Take the festival feeling home with you and book in for Brisbane Writers Festival online events.Learn more
Your words could win
Closes 30 April | Enter online
Nominations for the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards are open until 30 April. Learn more
Become a member
Access more State Library benefits and services online and onsite when you become a member.
Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their continuing connection to land and as custodians of stories for millennia. We are inspired by this tradition in our work to share and preserve Queensland’s memory for future generations.