Australian literary festivals in 2023

Start planning your 2023 arts calendar with these literary festivals nationwide.

Please note, as of time of publication (mid-January) some festivals have yet to confirm 2023 dates or release their programs. This list will be added to as the year progresses.

Q-Lit (Vic) – various dates
This Queer Victorian Festival of Words is new and aims to celebrates the work of all LGBTQIA+ storytellers: writers of fiction and non-fiction, graphic novelists, singer-songwriters, playwrights/screenwriters, mixed media creatives, children’s authors, academics and poets.

The free festival will launch in Ballarat, Shepparton and Traralgon in January, Collingwood in February, and Geelong and Warrnambool in April. As a wholly Victorian festival there is a strong emphasis on including the voices of those from the community who live regionally and encouraging them in the involvement of Q-Lit’s larger Melbourne-based festival in the latter part of 2023. 

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on