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Context Writers Festival

Context Writers Festival is a free, three-day festival for writers to connect and share new conversations about story and truth.

Presented in partnership by Writers SA and City of Adelaide, the 2021 Context Festival features a diverse range of local and national authors to inspire new conversations, held on Kaurna Yarta (Adelaide), from 8–10 October. The program features Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Natalie Harkin, Soul Lounge poets Stevie Zhao, Manal Younus and Prosper, journalists Anisha Pillarisetty and Royce Kurmelovs, musician Corey Theatre, zine-maker Ruby Allegra, novelist Karen Wyld, and many more.

Context Writers Festival
October 8-10
Adelaide City Library
Auslan interpretation will be available on all sessions. Please see library accessibility information here.

Context Festival: Opening Event

Date: October 8, 2021

A powerful opening event with Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson and the Unbound Collective

Context Festival: Smashing the Glass Cabinet

Date: October 9, 2021

An interactive longtable event with Nici Cumpston, Ali Gumillya Baker and Corey Theatre.

Context Festival: Zine Workshop

Date: October 9, 2021

In the spirit of DIY, join Ruby Allegra for an interactive workshop where you can create your own zine. The zine history has its roots in activist movements and self-publishing, and remains a popular form of self expression and creativity.

Context Festival: Soul Lounge Poetry Performance

Date: October 9, 2021

Context is proud to host a staunch line up of Soul Lounge poets as they share their words—their profundity will challenge you, their talent will move you. Hosted by Stevie Zhao and with readings from Manal Younus, Prosper, Brenton Lam, Divya Jacob, San San Ja and Ruhi Yaganagi. Soul Lounge is a monthly poetry night for poets of colour to share their incredible work.

Context Festival: The Future of Local Journalism

Date: October 10, 2021

An interactive longtable event with Anisha Pillarisetty, Royce Kurmelovs, Gemma Beale.

Context Festival: Songwriting Workshop

Date: October 10, 2021

Join musician Corey Theatre for an interactive workshop on songwriting. Corey will provide insight into his own songwriting process and help inspire you to write your own lyrics and music.

Context Festival: Closing Address

Date: October 10, 2021

A closing address with Karen Wyld.

An initiative of the City of Adelaide delivered in partnership by Writers SA