Brisbane Writers Festival

There’s a strong international contingent in the line up at the Brisbane’s Writers Festival which begins on the 5th of September and is the last of the major Australian festivals for 2012.

Jeet Thayil, the Indian writer who has garnered strong reviews for his Booker long-listed novel Narcopolis, will be taking part in five events across the five day festival displaying his prowess as poet, performance artist as well as author.

Patrick Gale, Joanne Harris and Germaine Greer head the British contingent and there are also authors from New Caledonia, the United States, Tahiti, New Zealand and Ireland.

Australian authors include William McInnes, Shane Maloney, Drusilla Modjeska, Elliot Perlman, Sue Woolfe and Sam Watson.

A fortunate coincidence means I will be in Brisbane for at least part of the festival so will be able to report back. And for anyone who needs an added attraction to the capital of the Sunshine State,  the lavish exhibition Masterpieces from the Prado is on at the Queensland Art Gallery. A perfect weekend.

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