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Sorrento Writers Festival

April 25 - 28, 2024​
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Sorrento Writers Festival 2024 starts on Thursday!
  • 190 speakers will be appearing in 135 events across 11 local venues, more than 14,500 tickets have sold
  • We estimate than 4000 people will be in Sorrento for the Festival
  • Our weekend kicks off with three special Anzac Eve events on Wednesday April 24
  • The Festival begins in earnest at 1pm Thursday, April 25 and concludes 4pm, Sunday April 28
  • 60 events have sold out – which means there are plenty of seats to many sessions still available
  • We have several free events and have now opened up our special free ticketed events to full-time students under 25 year of age
  • The Sorrento Rotary Club will run all-day parking (Friday, Saturday) available at the football oval via Hotham Road entrance. Your $5 donation will go toward children’s literacy programs
  • The Rotary Club will run a shuttle bus between The Continental Sorrento and the Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club on Friday, and to the Sorrento Golf Club and Portsea Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday from Constitution Hill Rd at the entrance to the InterContinental
  • The Continental Sorrento will open its Ocean Beach Road entrance at 8am each morning of the Festival. Visitors can buy coffee and a grab ‘n’ go breakfast pack as they race to their first morning session
  • To easily find all program updates and venue changes, please view our Program Updates page
  • A new edition of our FREE printed program, is now available
  • To stay in touch, keep an eye on our Instagram @sorrentowritersfestival and if you haven’t already done so, sign up to our e-newsletter for updates and much more.

And please remember, there are no further ticket refunds available (cut-off was Monday April 22).


Revisit the 2023 Festival

We had some of our most popular events recorded as video and audio so if you missed these sessions or want to rewatch them, you can purchase them below.

What People Said About The 2023 Festival

The 2023 Sorrento Writers Festival was a resounding success. In our first year, the Sorrento Writers Festival established itself as one of Victoria’s most exciting literary events. Feedback from presenters and the public was incredible.

Hi Corrie, I wish to thank you and your army of volunteers who stood by the festival and believed its success would catapult it for an annual event marked on the calendar. Thank you bringing communities, visitors and writing enthusiasts together - believers of the art.
Debra Mar
Mornington Peninsula Deputy Mayor
Hi Corrie, I wish to thank you and your army of volunteers who stood by the festival and believed its success would catapult it for an annual event marked on the calendar. Thank you bringing communities, visitors and writing enthusiasts together - believers of the art.
Chris Hammer
There was so much to love about the Sorrento Writers Festival, but here’s what matters: I spoke with several audience members who’d never been to a writer’s festival before. And they loved it. They each left the session excited by books, and ideas, and stories. For me, introducing the most democratic of art forms to regional Victorians was the best part of the weekend.
Toni Jordan
What a fabulous, inspiring, thought provoking festival you hosted. It was such a lovely environment to immerse oneself in - everyone was friendly, inclusive and genuinely thrilled to be there. I was particularly delighted with the way the Voice was received. Thomas Mayo is a star. As is Corrie. Actually she is an entire galaxy.
Belinda B

2023 Festival in Pictures

The local community embraced the idea of a new cultural event on the Mornington Peninsula’s southern tip, while first-time visitors to the area were delighted by the region’s natural beauty, the shopping, cafes and bars, and the warm and inclusive welcome they received.

Supporters of Sorrento Writers Festival

The Sorrento Writers Festival would not have been possible without the support of our fabulous donors.

You give, we grow

It’s as simple and as wonderful as that.

We thank those who donated to our 2024 and 2023 Festival. And if you’d like to contribute financially as we plan 2024, please click the Show Your Support button above – and thank you.

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words matter

Welcome to The Sorrento Writers Festival, a new not-for-profit cultural and community organisation that will bring year-round literary events, discussions and talks to Sorrento and the wider Mornington Peninsula community.

Our inaugural four-day Festival runs April Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 and we hope you’ll join us.

This seaside gathering of great ideas brings together some of Australia’s finest minds and deepest thinkers. In April we welcome more than 100 writers, journalists, academics, commentators, illustrators, and musicians to our beautiful part of the Peninsula. And we can’t wait.

The Sorrento Writers Festival acknowledges the Bunurong people of the great Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which our Festival takes place. We celebrate our region’s deep First Nations history, its European settler influence, and its contemporary role as one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastal villages.


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The Sorrento Writers Festival is an opportunity for writers, readers and the wider Sorrento community to come together to celebrate the power of storytelling.

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craig silvey

Craig Silvey

Professor Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Professor Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

sofie laguna

Sofie Laguna

jane harper

Jane Harper

professor marcia langton

Professor Marcia Langton

laureate professor peter doherty

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

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