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Williamstown Literary Festival 2015 Program Announced

We are bursting at the seams with excitement about the release of our 2015 program.

The broad theme of the festival in 2015 is “Swimming in Words”, which explores ideas around the wonderful bounty of books, journals, zines and websites; words and writing of all kinds being produced in Australia and more locally, in Melbourne’s west.

Willy Lit Fest 2015 brings together talented writers producing gritty and clever tales of crime, tender memoirs, family histories and tackling tough issues with writing on mental health, justice, refugees and our relationship with the environment.

We’ll take a candid look into unconventional lives, dig into the divided heart of creative mothers, delve into tender Australian love stories and reflect on our wartime memories.

We’ll investigate our love affair with all things Holden, our fixation with crosswords and our belief that books matter.

We’ll explore the pull of the ocean, the beauty of our feathered friends, as well as go armchair travelling with two adventurous cyclists!

There’s a chance to build your skills as storytellers and poets, to spend time Treasure Mapping to enhance creativity, to craft locative literature in the form of “Sticky Stories”, to learn about writing for journals and to take a peek into the working processes between writers and illustrators.

Poets will perform, actors will read, and our beloved writing community will have a chance to show off their skills in the annual Ada Cambridge Prize and popular People’s Choice.

The 2015 Willy Lit Fest promises to have you swimming in words!

Events include lively panel discussions, in-depth interviews, inspiring author talks and creative workshops.

For a full listing of events on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June, click here.

To see who is joining us at this year’s festival, visit the Festival Guests  page.

Early bird tickets are now on sale so book before midnight, 24 May 2015 for special pricing.

You can also download a print at home PDF version of the program.

We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Williamstown and Hobsons Bay.