The 2017 Williamstown Literary Festival theme is Food for Thought – we’ll be taking a close look at books, ideas and conversations that nourish us, and great authors who provide provocation and “food for thought” through their wonderful writing.
We’ll also be looking at food writing, ethics around food production and our general obsession with food! We’ll explore the romance of recipes and the power of family connections through shared food traditions, the unexpected benefits of producing community recipe books, as well as hear about personal food journeys.
Brain food will also be served up in conversations with authors such as Markus Zusak, Jane Harper and A. S. Patrić. Legendary local authors Andy Griffiths, Leigh Hobbs and Claire Saxby will take the stage.
There’ll be writing on football and fandom, on history and on art. We’ll discuss the untold stories of Australian women of literature, discover a singing diplomat and explore the nature of enduring friendship.
Best-selling YA novelists Cath Crowley, Mark Smith and Demet Divaroren will let us in on the power of young adult literature to inspire courage and a seasoned panel of so called late bloomers will share their experiences as debut novelists.
We’ll step back in time to hear about the agricultural methods of Australia’s first people with Bruce Pascoe and chat with Nick Richardson to discover how Australian Rules Football drove young athletes to enlist and fight in WW1.
Medical science, mental health, memoir, music and the multicultural experience are all on the menu. There’ll be rich pickings, fine feasts and plenty of food for thought and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Loraine Callow – Program Director