Adelaide Writers Week

By Rachel

Well, here I am, sitting with hundreds of people waiting for Alexander McCall Smith – the last speaker of the last day of the Adelaide Writers’ Week. Not a bad way to spend my time! I have probably listened to more authors in the past five days than I have for years (check out the program at There were loads of events going on – I only went to a very few of all that was available but what fun it was! Pippa joined me for three of them and Neil came to four. In the end, I had the pleasure of listening to Louise Penny, Cory Doctorow, Maja Lunde, Jennifer Mills, Robert Dessaix, Manal al-Sharif, Amal Awad, and Alexander McCall Smith. It was so fun getting a feel for the person of some of the authors that I read; others I have never read, but they inspired me to read their books and certainly got me thinking.

The weather was glorious, high 20s low 30s, there were drinks if desired. It was held in a park. What more can you ask?

Manal al-Sharif and Amal Awad


Alexander McCall Smith

The Writers Week is part of the Adelaide Festival, a two week festival that runs every March. The Adelaide Festival encompasses plays, music, literature, and also incorporates WOMADelaide which is happening this weekend. Some of the Adelaide Festival events are on the expensive side (certainly when I’m looking at tickets for four!) but not the Writers Week – it is free!

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