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Crowds gather around the East Stage at Adelaide Writers' Week.


Adelaide Writers’ Week is an inspiring event when authors from around the globe and passionate readers of all ages come together to share insights, thought-provoking conversations and indulge in all things literary.  But with reduced levels of government funding, rising costs, and a desire for constant improvement, we need your help. 

Donor Circles empower individuals and increase the impact of your gift. We invite you to join a group of like-minded supporters who are passionate about keeping this iconic event vibrant, inspiring and accessible to all.  Our partnership with you is integral to building on the 58 -year legacy of Writers’ Week for this and future generations of literature lovers.

The Writers Week Donor Circle, also known as The Literati, will come together to support three main aspects of the Adelaide Writers’ Week.

Provide funding for the attendance of an international author

It costs on average $10,000 to bring a world-renowned author to Adelaide to be present at Writers Week. With Government support shrinking and running costs increasing, the need for your philanthropic support is more important than ever.

Encourage Young Readers

A feature of Adelaide Writers’ Week is its commitment to young readers through its Kids’ Day and focus on Young Adult (YA) Fiction. The program for junior readers includes immersive activities in publishing and printing as well as stories and a parade. The Story Tent program includes performance storytelling alongside authors and illustrators who share their work with children aged 1 – 11 years old and special guests who read their favourite children’s story. The YA Day, introduced in 2019, will cater for the burgeoning “tween” readership.

Keep It Free!

Adelaide Writers Week is one of the few free literary festivals anywhere in the world. Adelaide Festival is particularly proud of this but, with a budget of over $1.5 million to raise annually, it is increasingly difficult to resist the pressure to charge for access to the Gardens. Our commitment is to maintain this level of access for the future. Your support will help us build on the unique tradition that sets Writers Week apart and makes it one of the most beloved events on our community’s calendar.

Every contribution to The Literati is fully tax deductible.

For more information please contact Bernadette Woods, Philanthropy Manager, on or 08 8216 4478.