Singer/songwriter Nick Cave will be a headliner at this year's Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to be held in Bali from 3-7 October, 2012. This will be the ninth Ubud festival, the first having been created as a 'healing project in response to the first Bali bombing'. Cave will be one of 'an eclectic and staggeringly diverse host of writers' celebrating the 'enduring power of storytelling'.
Upcoming a little sooner is the Sydney Jewish Writers' Festival which runs from 25-28 August. Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder will appear via video link. Also on the marquee will be Ita Buttrose (In Conversation), whose autobiography, A Passionate Life, has recently been updated, and Tim Bonyhady, whose book, Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family, will presumably get a mention in his session Once Upon a Time in Vienna. See the full program here.
Bendigo will celebrate its first Writers' Festival from 10-12 August. Ita Buttrose will be speaking there as well, along with Alex Miller, Tony Birch and Alexis Wright. See the full program, which includes a 'Deep and Meaningful' reading session in an old gold mine 60 metres underground.
The inaugural Southern Highlands Writers' Festival (21-22 July) has wrapped up in Bowral. Festival Director Michaela Bolzan called it 'Sensational!' and has promised video and photos from the festival on the website in coming weeks. Speakers included poet Mark Tredinnick, who recently won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, humourist Richard Glover, and Frank Moorhouse.
The Byron Bay Writers' Festival also finished up on 5 August, but you can still read about it at the festival's blog, which summarises some of the sessions. Gail Jones, Venero Armanno, Thomas Keneally and Isobelle Carmody were there, along with Elliot Perlman, author of Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity. Perlman is also on the program for the Jewish Writers' Festival.