WAM 2017: Illuminating!

The Write Around the Murray Festival is gearing up for another splendidly diverse and illuminating program featuring a stellar array of authors, performers, journalists, poets, musicians, artists and more.

Here’s a glimmer of what you can look forward to over the five days of WAM from Wednesday 13 September to Sunday 17 September.

Power, politics and gender feature in events with journalists Angela Pippos, talking women’s sport, Barrie Cassidy looking at the big events of the year with Tony Wright, Natalie Kotsios and Shane Wright; authors Michael Sala, Emily Maguire and Nicole Hayes discussing the darkness of violence; and Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch who look beyond the stories that have overshadowed Indigenous knowledges and identity.

Pop diva Christine Anu tells her story in conversation and song and the Stereo Stories Band returns with another highlight night of music and memoir featuring guest authors.

Anna Tregloan’s The Ghost Project plunges us into the unseen world of spirits and plays upon our fears. Entrants in our writing competitions explore the theme of shadows, while the WAM Slam invites local poets into the spotlight alongside slam champions Zohab Khan and Arielle Cottingham.

David Astle takes us for a walk through his cryptic style of storytelling while Brooke Maggs beckons us into the world of online game narratives. Our treasured Jason Steger returns yet again to host a lively panel of obsessive readers and to speak in depth with Michael Sala about our book of the festival, The Restorer.

There’ll be writing and publishing workshops and talks, a wood-fired oven event, book launches, events for kids – including Danny Katz and Mitch Vane talking about the Little Lunch series! – and more.

The line-up continues to grow as we finalise our guest list and shape the illuminating WAM 2017 program. Mark the dates in your diary and be ready to book when the program is launched on 2 August.

Meanwhile, have a look at our recommended reading list. Get cosy on the couch through winter with books by our festival guests, then meet them in spring when they arrive in Albury for WAM.

Check out our one minute WAM video from last year.