Back for its fourth year, Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is Australia’s only literary festival to showcase non-fiction literature, writing and ideas. The festival features an array of well-known authors speaking and holding discussions on various topics, ranging from history to health; love and grief; economics and politics; art and food; sport, technology and much more.
Opening night sets the scene for an exploration of the intersection between fiction and non-fiction, with internationally-acclaimed, multi award-winning Australian author, Peter Carey, who will truly kick start the unique literary event. Now based in New York, Carey is travelling to Australia for only four appearances nationally, making this a rare opportunity to see him.
Also featuring throughout the festival includes some of Australia’s most famous non-fiction writers, such as Anna Broinowski and John Safran, Tracey Spicer, Peter FitzSimons, John Marsden, Jelena Dokic, Tim Flannery, Anna Krien, Julian Burnside and Caroline Baum, just to name a few.
Along with more than 80 guest presenters across three days, The Great Debate returns with a more controversial and intriguing topic than ever – ‘fiction is just a fancy word for lying’. This will see Margaret Linley, David Astle and Alicia Sometimes furiously debating against Tony Wilson, Tracey Spicer and Andrew P Street, on Saturday evening.
This year, the popular masterclass program has expanded to include half and full day masterclasses, covering a variety of non-fiction writing topics at various Geelong Libraries branches, and for the first time ever, they’ve also got a very special Salon Session featuring Rob Snarksi and Charles Jenkins, performing acoustic versions of their most loved songs.
Word for Word’s dynamic and diverse program really has something to interest everyone. Covering such a broad range of non-fiction topics that generate fascinating dialogue and debate between equally fascinating personalities, the Word for Word Festival attracts a diverse and engaged audience, and with all sessions individually ticketed, guests can truly curate their own experience.
Early bird tickets for the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival are now on sale and the full program is available via the website.
When & Where: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Geelong – November 17 – 19
Pictured (left to right): Maryanne Vagg and Angela Savage