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Free book sessions in Adelaide
Adelaide Writers' Week is an annual event held in association with the Adelaide Festival. It is a highly sort after event that Adelaidians flock to and the big bonus is that most of the talks and events are free. It begins in 2021 on Saturday, February 27th through to Thursday, March 4th. As always, it promises many treats for readers, thinkers and aspiring writers alike. Writers' Week houses a great diversity of topics, talents and authors. As all-day sessions are free of charge - this gives the visitor great freedom in choosing what to listen to and what to sit out.
This year, international guests aren't able to attend in person, so will instead join audiences via livestream. Also for the first time, you can access some of the events from your own homes in a Curated Dozen. The Adelaide Writers' Week team have curated a series of twelve sessions that can be viewed online at home across the week. Tickets for the Curated Dozen, that include many of our headline authors as well as some of our more provocative and inspiring discussions, must be purchased in advance. Events can then be viewed live from anywhere in the world from their scheduled start for up to 48 hours thereafter. More info is available here
Adelaide Writers Week 2021
The Venue Writers' Week is held in the green glades of the Pioneer Women's Gardens, opposite the Festival Centre complex in King William Road, Adelaide. The open-air venue has a relaxed vibe. With patrons free to mingle among the canopy of trees and shade sails, to the onsite café or much-appreciated bookshop.
Adelaide Pioneer Women's Gardens
Visitors to Writers' Week speak glowingly of the feast of books available in the onsite book tent. The selection of books encompasses the authors' current books and back catalogue. The books are in high demand and many will sell out. Proceeds from the book tent go towards funding Writers' Week. Be warned, it is virtually impossible to go into the bookshop without making at least one random purchase. Another bonus of purchasing a book is it can be signed by the author themselves. Book signings usually occur after each session.
For Kids For the all the little people there is a jam-packed weekend of activities designed for the youngest of book readers, including an all-Australian line-up of some of the brightest names in children's literature an abundance of free activities in the shade of the Plane Trees. The Kids' Day events will delight and inspire the under 12 crowd.
Writers' Week Entrance
The Entrance The entrance to the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens has a big arch made of natural materials from King William Street. Why not take advantage of public transport bus, tram and train services to get in to visit Writers Week in 2021.
The Program Writers' week continues to evolve. It always presents an eclectic program in a peaceful setting for all to enjoy. Take a moment to visit and listen, be read to and ask questions. The full program can be downloaded here Hard copies available in bookshops and newsagents.
COVID-19 Safe To ensure your safety during the age of COVID-19, 2021 will see some changes to the operation of the Writers' Week's site.
Key things to note:
Adelaide Writers' Week sessions held in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden are free, however, all patrons will be required to do a COVID-Safe Check-In by scanning one of the QR codes displayed around the Garden. If you do not have a smartphone, Writers' Week staff can register you manually.
Be cashless. We strongly recommend all purchases in the Book Tent and Catering outlets are made by card.
Be safe. Maintain physical distancing and make liberal use of our on-site hand sanitiser.