Welcome to Word for Word Non-fiction Festival, Geelong

Welcome to the Word for Word Non-fiction Festival – Australia’s largest festival to showcase non-fiction literature, writing and ideas.

The 2016 Word for Word Festival was held at Geelong’s iconic architectural masterpiece, ‘The Dome’, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and was a spectacular success.

The program featured an array of well-known and fascinating authors presenting on a diverse range of subjects and the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre proved to be a fantastic new venue for Word for Word, with the first anniversary celebrations of the multi award-winning centre adding to the atmosphere over the weekend.

The third annual Word for Word Non-fiction Festival was bigger and better than ever. More than 70 presenters discussed, debated and delved through 30 sessions across three days. Journalist and broadcaster Stan Grant gave a hard-hitting keynote address, based on his Quarterly Essay Indigenous Futures, and the importance of non-fiction in truth-telling and the passing of information to future generations was interwoven by Maxine Beneba Clarke in her address with surprising bursts of haunting song; a harrowing account of the journey of her ancestors; and excerpts from her memoir The Hate Race. The Great Debate on the topic, Books are Dangerous, proved to be enormously popular and great fun. Cadel Evans dropped in to sign copies of his new book and was a great draw card for cycling enthusiasts and anyone who admires the determination it takes to go on such an immense sporting journey.

We now commence the planning for Word for Word 2017 which will occur over the weekend of
17 – 19 November. Please save the dates and subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep up to date with festival news.


Click to view 2016 program