At each annual Festival, we have a terrific line-up of writers and artists, including a mixture of new faces and old friends who return each year because they enjoy it so much. 

Brad Borkan, keynote speaker at HULF 2019

“Speaking at Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival has been one of the highlights of my career as an author.” – Brad Borkan, Keynote Speaker, HULF 2019

To find out what Brad Borkan and other past speakers have thought of their HULF experience, please visit the Festival blog here: www.hulitfest.com/blog

Submissions for the 2020 Festival have now closed.  Applications for the 2021 Festival will open in September 2020 and close at the end of November 2020.

Please note that because this is a free Festival, entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers including the director, no speaker fees or expenses are paid. (This stance has the approval of the Society of Authors, as no ticket prices are received.) Please only apply if you agree to take part on this basis.

Applying does not guarantee a place in the Festival – spaces are limited. If you are not selected this year, please feel free to come along on the day as a member of the audience and to apply for future Festivals.


photo of Gerri Kimber addressing the audience

At HULF 2019, Dr Gerri Kimber’s talk about Katherine Mansfield went down very well