Australian authors and literary event organisers have been creative and quick to move book communities to online spaces. Below is a list of events and organisations up and running. Authors and organisers add your details HERE
Author event websites
OzAuthors Online came into being following the cancellations of author events due to Covid-19. Seeking to find a way to offer some alternatives to cancelled book launches, author appearances, and panels, OzAuthors Online has quickly established itself and offers authors a way to digitally interact with the community. Visit https://ozauthors.online/
The Wheeler Centre is shifting a number of events online, visit their events page for details wheelercentre.com/events
A fabulous Facebook group for Oz writers with books out in 2020 and the readers who love them. Find events, launches, panels, reviews and discussions, a great one-stop-shop for the book community.
Writing NSW is hosting online events in the coming months.
Online: First Friday Club with Mathilda Imlah Friday 5th June 12:30 - 1:30pm
In June join Picador publisher, Mathilda Imlah, in conversation with Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie about how the publishing industry is faring in these unusual times.
This event starts online at 12:30pm, via Zoom, and will run for 60 minutes. If there is time, audience questions will be taken at the end. Free and open to members and non-members, but RSVPs are essential.
RSVP here: first-friday-club-mathilda-imlah
CBCA NSW Branch Lunchtime Storytime every weekday at noon.
An author a day keeps the boredom away! Tune in to the CBCA NSW Branch Facebook page or website at noon every weekday to meet some of Australia's finest children's authors and hear them read their wonderful stories. Visit either cbcansw.org.au/storytime or facebook.com/CBCANSW
The festival might be gone but in its place is the Queenscliffe Literary Festival Book Club. A new book each week, from the QLF 2020 Truth or Dare program. Join in the fun on the facebook page facebook.com/queenscliffeliteraryfestival
Find out how to invite a Fremantle Press author into your lounge room for a chat with your book club via Zoom. Visit fremantlepress.com.au/via-a-zoom-book-club-meet-up
A social media based, interactive book club by the mother and daughter team, Debbie and Catie Allen. Both Sides Book Club hopes to create a fun, informal and inclusive online community that encourages people to read and to talk about books. For more details visit facebook.com/bothsides.bookclub/
The folks at Penguin Books Australia say the only thing they love more than reading is talking about books with anyone who will listen. It’s a little hard to do right now, so PRH is responding to this challenge by launching a weekly book club on Facebook, where we can chat about books with the people who read and write them. for more details visit www.penguin.com.au/book-clubs
Online Literary Festivals
Together - Remotely invites you to interact with literary giants and exciting new voices from across the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. For program details visit together-remotely.com/events
The Emerging Writers’ Festival 16th -23rd July
EWF is shifting the 2020 festival completely online and is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 16 – Tuesday 23 June 2020. The full program will be announced in early June and is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection via the EWF website: emergingwritersfestival.com.au
The Melbourne Writers Festival Melbourne Writers Festival 7th - 16th August
Melbourne Writers Festival will transition to an online program for 2020 to ensure the safety of artists and festivalgoers during the COVID-19 crisis. MWF is determined to deliver a smaller online program to keep literary arts audiences connected. The MWF team is at home thinking, reading and preparing for a very different MWF20 and looks forward to sharing news about the online program in the coming months. Webste: mwf.com.au/