Established in 2016 as an expansion of Brisbane Writers Festival, UPLIT was created to support all the literary events and programs presented year-round.  While UPLIT's flagship program is Brisbane Writers Festival, the organisation presents a variety of experiences connecting Queensland through story.

Author Liz Gilbert inspiring Brisbane audiences.

UPLIT brand values 

  • Celebrating leading writers and thinkers.
  • A respectful and open-minded world view.
  • Connecting storytellers and communities.
  • Inspiring deep thought and curiosity.
  • Bringing stories to life. 

Children's author Samantha Wheeler workshops story ideas with students in Central Queensland.

Across our range of Festivals, programs and events, UPLIT team is guided by the following principles:

  • Bold and ambitious curation
  • Collaboration
  • Championing Queensland writers
  • Supporting the Australian publishing industry
  • Inclusion and accessibility
  • Fostering curiosity and growing communities of readers
  • Elevating the vitality of the literary arts

Man Booker winner Marlon James with writer and editor Luke Stegemann.