Writers, Readers and Rebels

Wakefield Press, 1998
ISBN: 1 86254 443 3

Adelaide Writers' Week has spanned four decades and involved almost every important writer and publisher in the country. It is like a compressed slice of Australian literary culture which is put under the microscope for examination every two years.

In Writers, Readers and Rebels, Ruth Starke tells you everything you every wanted to know and a lot you didn't suspect about the nation's favourite gabfest.

What did Salman Rushdie write in Tatler that so upset Adelaide sensibilities? What poet was sabotaged by an aggrieved rock band? What year did the Tent first appear, and which national treasure refused to appear in it?

Who sponsors the writers, and how are they selected? Which famous writers fled from the Retreat? Which books have been launched? How are panels put together? And why do readers flock to writers' festivals?

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