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Authors Louis de Bernières, Geraldine Brooks, Peter Garrett and AC Grayling will be coming to Adelaide for a series of four out-of-season Writers’ Week events in the coming months.

Although Adelaide Writers’ Week is held annually in February-March, alongside the Adelaide Festival, the special program of extra events was launched earlier this year with sessions featuring guest writers David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald and Norman Doidge.

British author De Bernières, best-known for his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, will lead off the second group of events when he participates in an “in conversation with” session with radio presenter Sonya Feldhoff at Elder Hall on August 25.

De Bernières’ visit will follow the publication of his new book The Dust That Falls From Dreams, about  three young sisters whose lives are overshadowed by the Great War.

Philosopher AC Grayling will deliver a lecture at the Adelaide Town Hall on September 8, talking about new title The Challenge of Things, while environmental campaigner and former politician and Midnight Oil frontman Garrett, who recently published his memoir Big Blue Sky, will take part in a conversation at the Scott’s Theatre in October.

Geraldine Brooks

The final session for the year, at Bonython Hall in November, will feature Geraldine Brooks (above), author of historical novels Year of Wonders, People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing and the Pulitzer Prize-winning March. Brooks’ new novel, The Secret Chord, tells the story of the rise and fall of King David and is due for publication in October.

Writers’ Week director Laura Kroetsch said all four authors were “terrific speakers”.

“We can promise that audiences will be entertained, enlightened, challenged and charmed.”

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