About Us


Friends Catherine Ryan and Angela Altair sat down over a coffee in Williamstown’s main street in 2003, and wondered if a local festival could ever take off. 2013 saw the festival celebrating a very happy decade of bringing ideas, writers and readers together.

The Williamstown Literary Festival has now grown into one of the country’s most respected wordfests, attracting some of Australia’s best loved authors. The festival is run by a committee of locals, supplemented by volunteers at festival time.

The festival has a strong focus on local participation, with the annual People’s Choice awards showcasing aspiring local writers and poets. The Ada Cambridge Award for Poetry and Prose is run annually with the winners being announced at the festival’s opening.

The program appeals to people of all ages and literary tastes.  Events include panels, interviews, author talks, workshops for children, teenagers and adults, readings and storytelling.  Writers working in all genres including poetry, novels, non fiction, crime, historical fiction, drama, adventure and sports contribute to a fabulous festival.

As always, we promise you rich literary pickings, loads of laughs and plenty of fun. We look forwarding to welcoming you.


Terry Bracks AM

Terry Bracks is a well known resident of Williamstown and supporter of the western suburbs. She is founding chair of Western Chances, an organisation which assists young people in the western suburbs, and was indicted into the 2011 Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for her work with Western Chances.

Terry Bracks is also a highly regarded supporter of the arts, and is Patron of Heide Gallery and trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. She is a past Board member of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Deputy Chair of the Breast Cancer Network Australia and the Number One Female Ticket Holder of the Melbourne Football Club.

Terry has worked as a teacher in regional Victoria and as an electorate officer to Federal MPs. Terry received a Centenary Medal and is an Honorary Doctorate at Victoria University.

In 2012, Terry was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Terry’s AM was awarded for her services to youth, particularly as the Founder of Western Chances, and as a contributor to health, social development and arts organisations in Victoria.

The Hon. Joan Kirner AM was our founding patron.