The reader as audience : the appeal of the writers' festival to the contemporary audience

Johanson, Katya and Freeman, Robin 2012, The reader as audience : the appeal of the writers' festival to the contemporary audience, Continuum, vol. 26, no. 2, Special Issue : A Scholarly Affair, pp. 303-314.

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Title The reader as audience : the appeal of the writers' festival to the contemporary audience
Author(s) Johanson, Katya
Freeman, Robin
Journal name Continuum
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue : A Scholarly Affair
Start page 303
End page 314
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 1030-4312
1469-3666
Keyword(s) literature
audience participation
writers’ festivals
Summary The contemporary popularity of the writers' festival might appear something of a contradiction, given that such festivals are based around an art form that has been chiefly a solitary experience for the reader for several centuries. Taking the 2009 Eye of the Storm Writers' Festival in Alice Springs as its case study, this article examines the motivations of the audience for participating in community-based writers' festivals. Interviews with audience members suggest that the writers' festival serves a much larger cultural and social role for the audience participant than simply increasing their enjoyment of literature.

Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045505

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