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Brisbane Writers Festival 2018

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This year's Brisbane Writers Festival brings the future into focus, showcasing some of the world's most influential thinkers, each bringing their own unique vision for tomorrow to Brisbane.

Held from 6 to 9 September, the 56th Brisbane Writers Festival program explores "what does the world need now?"

Ideas as far ranging as raising teens, ending epidemics, politics and the environment, culture and identity and all things writing will be open for discussion over three enlightening days of readings, debates, special events and free public sessions.

The the exciting festival program kicks off with human rights barrister, activist and author Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. who will be speaking about his new book Rather His Own Man at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 6 September.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth (Divergent series, Carve the Mark)

Veronica Roth, bestselling author of the Divergent series will also be a highlight for many - fans should get in early to book for a one-off Cosplay themed event in the Festival Hub featuring live music and great food.

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada is coming to Brisbane Writer's Festival (6 - 9 September)

Author of the iconic The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger will talk at an intimate pre-Festival event at Gerard's Bistro on Wednesday 5 September about her new book When Life Gives You Lululemons. Meanwhile, incendiary Scottish author and playwright Irvine Welsh will take readers back into the Trainspotting world with his latest book Dead Men's Trousers.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is coming to Brisbane Writer's Festival (6 - 9 September)

Other program highlights include Dr Jonathan D. Quick (The End of Epidemics) who will about how we can end deadly infectious disease outbreaks and Philip Hoare takes us on journey into the secret life of whales with RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR.

Canadian activist and poet Katherena Vermette joins Kate Grenville (Secret River) and Lauren Weisberger for an in-depth analysis of the role of women in public life.

Bestselling Scottish author Denise Mina (The Long Drop, Alex Morrow series) will talk all things crime fiction at 2 sessions - 8 and 9 September.

For a complete change of pace A.J. Finn, author of the international bestseller The Woman at The Window, multi award-winning Denise Mina (The Long Drop), Dervla McTiernan (The Ruin) and Janet Lee (The Killing of Louisa) will talk all things crime.

For those who want to make the leap from reading to writing, there is plenty on offer. Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull) and editor Kate Goldsworthy explore the finer points of collaboration. Other immersive workshop sessions include writing for young people, journaling for better writing and crafting contemporary fiction with Miles Franklin award winner Sophie Laguna (The Choke).

Join Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna (The Choke), Boy Swallows Universe author Trent Dalton, Ross Watkins (Flames), Michelle de Krester (The Life to Come), Tony Birch (Common People) and many more fabulous contemporary authors as they navigate the modern world and its complications.

With such a diverse range of readings, debates, special events and free public sessions on offer, there is something for every book lover at this year's Brisbane Writers Festival.

Check out the full 2018 program to plan your visit.

Festival events vents will take place in the State Library of Queensland precinct Stanley Place. Events take place in the State Library, at The Edge and on the lawn between the State Library and the Gallery Of Modern Art. This area is accessible by bus, train, ferry and car.

Special event will be held at the Tivoli and The Emporium Hotel, South Bank.

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    When: 6 - 9 September
    Where: State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101
    Cost: From $17
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