Berry Writers Festival 2022

The inaugural Berry Writers Festival, held on the weekend of October 21-23 2022, has been judged by participants a genuine success – in no small measure thanks to the enthusiasm, generosity, and hard work of the Berry community, for which the festival Committee is very grateful.

Amal Awad

AMAL AWAD is a journalist, screenwriter, author, podcaster and performer, as well as the author of seven books, , including three novels – Courting SamiraThis is How You Get Better and The Things We See in the Light – and the non-fiction books The Incidental MuslimBeyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab WomenFridays With My Folks – Stories on Ageing, Illness and Life, and In My Past Life I was CleopatraShe has contributed to the anthologies Growing Up Muslim in Australia and Some Girls Do … (My Life as a Teenager).

Amal is writing her next novel, Come to Me in My Dreams, due for publication in 2023.

Amal Awad has contributed to The Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, SBS Life, ELLE, Frankie, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, Daily Life, Sheilas, and Junkee. She has produced and presented for ABC Radio National, been a regular panellist on ABC’s The Drum and a TEDx Macquarie speaker.



South Cost Writers Centre
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The Berry Writers Festival acknowledges the Dharawal and Dhurga language-speaking groups who are traditional owners of this area. We acknowledge their customs and culture, which have nourished, and continue to nourish, this land. And we extend our respects to Elders, past, present, and future.

Berry Writers Festival is a not for profit community event.
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Local Photography and other images by Katie Rivers Photography courtesy of Shoalhaven Tourism 

Overhead shot of Berry © Andy Hutchinson Photography.

Photography taken at the Berry Writers Festival 2022 and displayed on our gallery page is all  courtesy of Richard Miller Photography.
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