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Writers' Week - Adelaide Festival 2014

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Soak up the atmosphere at Writers' Week
Writers week is now an annual event in Adelaide.

It begins on Saturday, March 1st through to Thursday March 6th AND promises many treats for the reader and aspiring writers alike.

The Rundown

Writers' week houses a great diversity of topics, talents and authors. It includes day sessions that are free of charge. Plus several evening sessions that have an entrance fee.

The Program
The program gives details of the writers and their published works and achievements. It is recommended to obtain a program though not essential. The program also gives a timeline of events. The program is also sign posted at the event.

A copy is available to be downloaded here. Or a hard copy can be bought at selected news agencies and bookshops i.e. Imprints in Hindley Street.

The Venue
Writers' week is held in the delightful 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 to the onsite café or much appreciated bookshop.

The Bookshop
Visitors to writers' week speak glowingly of the feast of books available in the onsite book tent. Not only the writers current book, but many more from their back catalogue. There is a huge array on offer here, as writers' week caters to a wide base in readership.

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.

The book shop to end all book shops!

The book shop I covert every year is the Adelaide writers' week book tent; it's impossible to go in without buying a book.

Special Focus
This year there is an evening forum entitled a History of Christianity by Diarmaid MacCullogh, who was an ordained minister but declined ordination to the priesthood because of the churches attitude to homosexuality.

Diarmaid MacCulloch relates a renewed focus on religion. But he is wary of a fundamentalist approach. He writes of preferring religion to be discussed thoughtfully, rather than resorting to ignorant clichés. Francis Spufford has written anther book called 'Unapologetic, How religion can make surprising emotional sense'.

This writer also presents a refreshingly plain English version of his faith. A session worth seeking out, among many.

Soak up the atmosphere on the green lawns and enjoy the conversations, new friends and book finds.

Pictured – Author Alex Miller at 2013 Writers' Week.
Photo by Jenny Esots
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Why? Great authors and special events
Where: Pioneer Women's Gardens, Adelaide
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
The first day was fantastic. Weather fine, loads of people listening, asking questions, catching up, buying books, drinking coffee. The fighter jets screaming by! All part of Adelaide at festival time.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1249) 2082 days ago
Thanks for the details about a History of Christianity. Diarmaid MacCulloch caught my eye too.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4104) 2084 days ago
So many choices. I have Diarmaid's latest book. I should be asking him the origin of his name!
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1249) 2084 days ago
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