Program Launch!

The program for the second annual Australian Short Story Festival has been launched and it’s full of exciting and enriching sessions where writers talk about the wonderful short story craft, inspiration for their stories, use of humour and death. Check it out here. Come along to Adelaide in November and be part of the excitement.

2017 Australian Short Story Festival Media Release

good things come in short packages

On November 3-5 at the University of South Australia’s City West Campus, writers, storytellers and audiences will congregate to celebrate the short story. The Australian Short Story Festival is one of very few dedicated short story festivals in the world, and after a successful inaugural event in Perth in 2016, the organising committee is delighted to bring this unique and timely celebration to Adelaide, adding even more variety to the state’s annual suite of festivals.

One of the very few dedicated short story festivals in the world, the event will bring a wide range of diverse voices and stories to Adelaide, including award-winning UK writer Lucy Durneen and Tony Birch, who will deliver the festival’s opening address. Other featured writers include Chinese-Australian Melanie Cheng, Indian-Australian Roanna Gonsalves, Vietnamese-Australian writer Stephen Pham, and writer, comedian and creative director of the Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival Justine Sless.

Interwoven with these voices are some of the best established short story names such as 2016 Patrick White Literary Award winner Carmel Bird, New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams, Aurealis Award winner Lisa L. Hannett, alongside debut authors Lynette Washington and Rebekah Clarkson, who will deliver the festival’s closing address on the pleasures of the short story.

The 2017 Australian Short Story Conference is supported by Adelaide City Council, the University of South Australia, MidnightSun Publishing, Margaret River Press, and the SA Writers Centre.

Like a great short story, the 2017 Australian Short Story Festival will be bursting with life, passion and ideas. As for the question of what can come in short packages, ‘good things’ may just be an understatement.


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