Avid book readers can rub shoulders with Australia’s bestselling author Fiona McIntosh, acclaimed writers Alexander McCall Smith, Dr Anita Heiss and Paul Cleave onboard Queen Elizabeth when she sails from Sydney later this year.

One of Australia's best selling author Fiona McIntosh
Australia’s best-selling author Fiona McIntosh

Cunard will launch its inaugural Australian Literature Festival at Sea during a five-night sailing departing Sydney on 11 December with an impressive lineup of international literary talent.

Passengers can attend talks and workshops and learn how to write a travel story or create a picture book for kids.

British author Alexander McCall Smith png
British acclaimed author Alexander McCall Smith

Highlights of the cruise will include a panel discussion on literary trends and a trivia session where passengers can challenge the author’s knowledge. There will be ample chance to chat with the authors and get books signed. Investigative journalist Nick McKenzie will host the talks and a special session on his pivotal investigation into war criminal Ben Roberts-Smith.

When Queen Elizabeth calls at historic Hobart, the line will organise bespoke literary shore excursions on land.

NZ author Paul Cleave
New Zealand author Paul Cleave

“Cunard’s first-ever Australian Literature Festival at Sea has proven to be highly popular among literature fans,” said Katie McAlister, President of Cunard.

The 5-night itinerary from Sydney to Tasmania will return to Sydney on 16 December. It has been designed to educate and inspire passengers with thought-provoking talks and interactive workshops.

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth in Sydney
Queen Elizabeth in Sydney

The cruise will visit Hobart and have two unhurried days at sea.

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