The 2013 Adelaide Writersâ€™ Week explores secret histories â€“ of the ancient world, the British Royal Family, the war in Iraq, the Balkans, marriage, old age, poverty, childhood, Soviet Russia, food politics, video games, love, sex, both World Wars, folktales, art world scandals, court rooms, locker rooms, school rooms, Australiaâ€™s convict past, horse breeding, wine making, country houses, movies, murder, money, Chinese food and afternoons on the beach.
I’m going to be volunteering as a live tweeter with the festival for a few of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
The official hashtag for Writers’ Week is #AdlWW so make sure you’re following it on twitter if you can’t get along to any of the sessions.
Saturday 2nd March
At 2:30 pm I’ll be tweeting the session on the West Stage, The Next Generation.
Three of Australiaâ€™s most distinguished younger poets will reading their work and keep you entertained with a panel discussion about poetry in Australia today.
Fiona Wrightâ€™s (@WritesFiona)Â first collection of poems,Â KnuckledÂ was published in 2011.Â Josephine RoweÂ (@JosephineRowe)Â is both a poet and a short fiction writer, her most recently collection of stories wasÂ Tarcutta Wake.Â LK HoltÂ is the author of the collectionsÂ Patience,Â MutinyÂ andÂ Man Wolf Man. Join these poets in conversation withÂ Nicholas Jose.
From 5pm I’ll be back at the West Stage forÂ Cold Cold Ground. You’ll be able to catch snippets ofÂ Irish bornÂ Adrian McKinty‘sÂ (@unitedirishman) session. He’sÂ been described as a master of modern Noir. Born in Belfast, McKinty read law, politics and philosophy before moving to Harlem, New York City â€“ all of which feature in his clever and violent novels. He is the author of two trilogies, one crime, the other YA, as well as stand alone novels includingÂ Fifty Grand. Most recently he has publishedÂ The Cold, Cold Ground. Join him in conversation withÂ Nick Prescott.
Sunday 3 March
The Secrets of the Ancient World : Tom Holland
From the triumph of the Roman Republic to the Persian Empire, from Europe in the year 1000 to the birth of Islam, English historianÂ Tom HollandÂ (@holland_tom) has explored the epic adventures of our ancient past.
Author ofÂ Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic,Persian Fire,Â MillenniumÂ and most recentlyÂ In the Shadow of the Sword, Holland is one of the most celebrated and best-selling historians in the world. Hollandâ€™s formidable histories are as compelling as they are meticulous; they are as remarkable for their scholarship as they are for their readability. This award-winning writer is a must-see for anyone curious about the ancient world. Join him in conversation withÂ Michael Cathcart.
Monday 4th March
Sexual Politics, West Stage, 3:45 pm
This session brings together three writers, all of whom identify as feminists.Â Justine LarbalestierÂ (@JustineLavaworm) is a YA and fantasy writer, playwrightÂ Bryony LaveryÂ is the author of iconic works includingÂ ThursdayÂ andÂ Chika UnigweÂ (@chikaunigwe) is the author of the novelÂ On Black Sisterâ€™s Street, about a group of African women in the sex trade.
Adelaide Writers’ WeekÂ starts tomorrow and runs through until the 7th of March. All the action happens at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden