The body as a subject in literature has always been both fascinating and politically imperative and remains one of the most important topics a writer can pay attention to today. That is why, this year, we have asked our guest writers to consider the theme Writing the Body.
Over the final full week in November, 44 Australian and international writers will explore the body through a range of lenses. Those lenses include the traumatised body, the non-white body, the trans body, the dying body, the non-monogamous body, the disabled body, the sex worker’s body, the sick body, the aging body, the sexual body, the animal body, and bodies hidden by history.
This is a theme that is close to my heart as both a writer and reader. I think that’s because when we talk about what it means to inhabit a body, what we’re really talking about is what it means to be human.
As you know, our 2020 festival will be delivered online. I’m actually pretty excited about this format because it means our regional festival has attracted some of the biggest names in Australian literature, as well as a few highly-sought after international writers.
I am thrilled to let you know that our program highlights include literary giant and Walkley Award-winning journalist Helen Garner; Miles Franklin Award-winning author Tara June Winch; NSW Premier’s Literary Awards-winning author Bruce Pascoe; Stella Prize-winning author Jess Hill; award-winning author and appearance activist Carly Findlay OAM; Stella Prize-winning author Vicki Laveau-Harvie; interdisciplinary artist Bhenji Ra; and International Book Awards-winning author Leah Kaminsky.
View the full 2020 program, which includes 12 panel discussions over the week of November 23-29. I hope you can join us.
Chloe Higgins, Wollongong Writers Festival Director
For more information, visit the Wollongong Writers Festival website.