Introducing Jackie Ryan, Artistic Director of Brisbane Writers Festival
Jackie Ryan: "A real page turner."
Roll up, roll up – there’s a new AD in town!
Acclaimed writer and programmer Jackie Ryan has stepped into the role of Artistic Director at Brisbane Writers Festival.
With her extensive arts experience and strong sector networks, Jackie’s ready to deliver a cracking line-up of literary events that’ll spark big ideas and bold conversations.
“'Have we got a story for you: it's got spies, romance, politics, science, history, poetry, crime, technology, monsters, performance, war, food and comedy. Look out, Brisbane – BWF 2023 is going to be a real page turner."
Jackie has held literary and cultural programming roles at State Library of Queensland, Queensland Writers Centre and Avid Reader. She also knows a thing or two about Brisbane: her 2018 book We’ll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP), the story of the river city’s most beloved cultural event, won the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance and the University of Southern Queensland History Book Award.
Save the Date: Key Festival dates for your diary
In 2023, Brisbane Writers Festival is spinning a rollicking tale of festive entertainment across five days, four nights and more than 100 events. From blockbuster bestsellers to literary luminaries and everything in between, BWF 2023 is an unmissable adventure from beginning to end.
Word Play program on sale: Wednesday 15 March
Full program reveal: Wednesday 29 March
Word Play (BWF schools program): 10–12 May
Brisbane Writers Festival 2023: Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 May