Full Program 2024


The full 2024 Words on the Waves Writers Festival program has dropped anchor. Exploring the theme past is present is future is always, prepare to soak up unbelieve stories, sail through big ideas and deep-dive into unspoken histories. With nearly 100 speakers featured in approximately 70 free and ticketed sessions, and a whole new venue and program stream, this year is the festival’s biggest yet!

Day Pass

On Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2 we will be joined by literary superstars Catherine Chidgey (NZ), Steven Carroll, Laura Jean McKay, Alice Pung, Tony Birch, Nam Le and Myfanwy Jones, to name a few. Crime tragics can cheer for Benjamin Stevenson and Amanda Hampson while Lauren Chater, Kate Forsyth, Melissa Ashley and Gabbie Stroud will keep the fiction lovers’ pages turning. Into politics and contemporary culture? Look no further than Bruce Pascoe, Frank Bongiorno, Lech Blaine, Toby Walsh, Hannah Diviney and Ben McKelvey. Prefer your tales tall but true? Check out the incredible memoirs of Robyn Davidson, Pia Miranda, Julie Goodwin, Stephanie Wood and Gregory P Smith.

You can now browse our Saturday June 1 program and Sunday June 2 program, and then purchase tickets for each Day or the Weekend. These sessions are only accessible via a Day or Weekend Pass.

Special Events

Don’t forget our radiant array of Special Events: poetry and reading evening Late Night Lit, outrageous storytelling soiree Story Club, the much-loved Literary Cruise, An Evening with Indira Naidoo at Naughty Noodle Fun Haus, and new event Chatting Books with Bri Lee. Do you have a book inside of you, just itching to get out? Join our professional development day, Writing Up Stream, with industry experts.

Tickets for the Special Events and Writing Up Stream workshops and panels can be purchased separately.