Sorrento Writers Festival returns for its second edition this April

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Sorrento Writers Festival returns for its second edition this April

Words by Staff Writer

Sorrento Writers Festival, April 25-28, 2024, is an opportunity for the literary community to learn through workshops, discussions, and performances.

Mark your calendars and sharpen your pencils – the Sorrento Writers Festival is back for its second edition, set to ignite the Mornington Peninsula from April 25th to 28th. Following the resounding success of its debut in 2023, this literary event promises a jam-packed itinerary celebrating the finest voices in Australian literature, academia, and community leadership.

Nestled amidst the charming locales of Sorrento and Portsea, the Festival will unfold across 10 distinctive venues, including the iconic Continental Sorrento, the Sorrento Portsea RSL, the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, and the Sorrento Golf Club.

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With over 100 events featuring more than 150 speakers, the Sorrento Writers Festival boasts an impressive roster of wordsmiths. Expect to be captivated by the insights of esteemed luminaries such as Miles Franklin Award winners Alex Miller, Anna Funder, and Amanda Lohrey. Joining them are award-winning authors Kate Grenville, David Marr, Magda Szubanski, and many more, offering a diverse tapestry of literary discourse.

Literature enthusiasts will find themselves spoiled for choice with an eclectic mix of sessions. From intimate conversations with acclaimed authors like Anna Funder to explorations of contemporary fiction and crime writing, the program is designed to spark curiosity and ignite the imagination. Noteworthy events include “Chapter One: How Novels Begin and Where My Ideas Come From” featuring Mark Brandi, Anne Buist, and Graeme Simsion, and “The Migration Story in Contemporary Fiction” with Kgshak Akec, Leah Kaminsky, Ian Roberts, and Saman Shad.

In addition to the main program, the Festival offers a selection of exclusive events to elevate your experience. From live podcast recordings to intimate author discussions and thematic story slams, there’s something for every literary enthusiast. Some highlights and special events include:

  • Don’t Shoot The Messenger Live Podcast Recording: Join Caroline Wilson and Corrie Perkin for an evening of lively conversation, nibbles, and a chance to meet the hosts.
  • The Barry Jones Oration by Don Watson: Witness this thought-provoking oration followed by the announcement of the Sorrento Writers Prize and Opening Night Drinks.
  • Story Slam with Jane Hone: Share your five-minute stories on the theme of “Journeys” at this community open-mic event.
  • Talking Politics 2024: Engage in political discourse over lunch with esteemed journalists and commentators.
  • Words & Music Concert: Immerse yourself in the musical rendition of ‘Stella’ followed by a performance by Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier.

Tickets to these exclusive events are limited and available at varying price points.

Whether you’re a fervent bibliophile or simply seeking intellectual stimulation, the Sorrento Writers Festival promises an unforgettable journey through the realms of literature and ideas.

Head here for more information and to book your desired sessions.