Introduction to the World of Writers Festivals


Who doesn't love a writers festival? And there's nothing quite like BEING THERE. And how about with a group of like-minded book lovers?

Margie from Margie Burke Books & Tours gives the low-down on the cream of literary festivals worldwide, with a special focus on some from our region, namely the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali each October, and the English Language Shanghai International Literary Festival in March. Plan your upcoming travels to take in mind-full-of-books-ness, while taking a peak behind the scenes at the working of the festival for an experience of a lifetime.

No festival is ever the same but there is always something for everyone!

The two-hour workshop will include an overview of key festivals in Australia – state-wide and regional, dates and locales from Margie.

The international phenomenon of the writers festival is explored with Interviews with Margie’s tour participants, podcast-clips, insiders insights into writers festivals, book club anecdotes and an itinerary preview of Ubud 2019 and Shanghai 2020 to whet your writers festival appetit!! 

Go in the draw to win a book pack. Take part in a book-quiz to win an insiders discount to a future Margie Burke Books & Tours writers festival trip! 

You will come away with travel recommendations, ideas for must-reads, and insights and insider stories about some of the world’s best writers festivals.

Tutor: Margie Burke

Margie has spent her working-life immersed in the world of books and publishing. She directed four Sydney Writers’ Festivals in the 1990s, directed the literature program for the centenary of Federation celebrations in London in 2000, managed the Australia Council’s Books Alive campaign and led a visiting international publishers’ program for the Australia Council, successfully touring top publishers from around the globe to writers festivals across Australia. She also works as a teacher of literature and language, which has allowed her to share her passion for words, books, writers and reading to generations of young people in Australia and in China. Margie says the idea for tailored tours to literary festivals stems from her combined passion for sharing travel destinations and literature.