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Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

The Cairns Writers Festival Inc. Committee and patrons respectfully acknowledge The First Nations People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this ancient land.

We recognise the power of their story-telling from traditional lore and customs to penning contemporary narratives, art, dance and music. We are committed to working in partnership with First Nations People to tell their stories in their own ways.

About the Festival

The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival was established in 2008 and is a biennial event. It brings together our regional community of writers and readers with Australian and internationally revered authors and celebrities, who inspire us and feed our literary minds.

For national and international visitors, it is a cultural experience that allows them to touch the inspirational heart of the region in an environment of immense natural beauty where two World Heritage areas meet – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

With such a rich, tropical backdrop, it’s no surprise that the Festival continues to gain national and international appeal, allowing us to continue to showcase the distinctive voices of our tropical region.

2018 demonstrated unprecedented growth and marked our tenth year since the Festival was established.  Though Covid – 19 forced the postponement of the August 2020 festival, we will be back and even better in 2023.


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As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on income from government and community grants and income from our flagship event, the biennial Cairns Tropical Writers Festival. Our current staff are mostly volunteers with passion, drive and skills to produce a community event of this size in the regional Queensland. 

Your donation will enable us to ensure we continue to deliver a relevant, topical and engaging festival supplemented by its year-round fringe events (workshops and other programs), and benefit and support our local as well as the wider arts and cultural community.  

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Pullman Cairns International

Event Details

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

13th – 15th August 2021


Pullman Cairns International – 17 Abbott Street, Cairns City.


Conveniently located in the heart of Cairns, The Pullman International is a fully accessible venue with all facilities required for people with limited mobility.

Click here for the Facebook Event for detailed location information.

Cairns is accessible by plane, car or taxi.

At the next festival 13-15 August 2021, as well as keynote speakers, there will be masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions, book launches and our ever-popular gala Literary Dinner.

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Tropical Writers Inc launched the inaugural Cairns Tropical Writers Festival in 2008 to meet the needs of the regional writing community of Far North Queensland, but the festival has grown so fast it is now a stand-alone and independent event.

Held as a biennial gathering in Cairns, the festival provides opportunities for the far flung regional community to meet, connect with and be motivated by published Australian authors and the wider writing and publishing industry.

The profile of the festival fast grown to now be the pre-eminent writers festival in regional Queensland.

The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival is embarking on a 10 year plan to internationalise the festival, with a particular focus on the tropical zone as its niche.  Cairns, on the edge of the Asia-Pacific rim and with the busiest international airport in regional Australia, is uniquely placed to do this as Australia’s most globalised regional city.

Expression of Interest

If you’re interested in speaking at the 13 – 15 August 2021 Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your biography, proposed topic and any other relevant information here.


The 13-15 August 2021 festival program will include addresses from keynote speakers, our ever popular book fair, workshops, masterclasses, seminars and much more.


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