The Tattooist of Auschwitz has sold over three million copies worldwide and the recently published sequel, Cilka’s Story, is also a global bestseller. Both books blend fiction with fact. Heather Morris talks with Juliet Rieden about memory, history and how to respect both when writing historical fiction.
The inimitable Simon Winchester turns the microphone around on beloved broadcaster Richard Fidler and interviews him on the magical city that is Prague. From its origins in medieval darkness, via the Velvet Revolution, to an uncertain present, this is an unmissable conversation between two passionate storytellers.
Gloria Steinem calls herself a ‘hopeaholic’. More than ever, the world needs unbiased hope for the future. From New York, the iconic feminist shares personal challenges, political issues and the poetry of everyday life with Dr Kirstin Ferguson.
Peter Read and Dennis Foley explore the history of Aboriginal Sydney and paint a vivid picture of what it was like to grow up Aboriginal in Sydney, alongside the colonists, from 1788 to the present and give an honest account of the disappointment, pain and terror experienced by Sydney’s First Peoples and a celebration of the survival of their spirit.
A reimagined CWF will be held from 12-16 August 2020.
As we confront society’s new ‘normal’, people are looking for hope and light and the power of words can help. Storytelling, ideas and connection matter more than ever and the CWF has reimagined how to connect writers and thinkers with the audience this year.
The CWF is passionate about continuing to support the writing, publishing and bookselling fraternity. At the same time the pandemic is still among us and uncertainty remains, so the program is necessarily smaller than in previous years and will be a mix of real and virtual events.
Covid-19 Safety Measures
The health and safety of our staff, audience and artists is important to us. Each of the Canberra Writers Festival’s venues have implemented safety measures in line with recommendations from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and ACT government.
We are committed to ensuring safe physical distancing by using separate entrances and exits, ensuring visitor traffic only moves in one direction within each venue, and limiting the number of tickets. Venues have increased on-site cleaning to help protect the community.
Please help us to keep our community safe
- Keeping a 1.5 metre distance helps protect everyone.
- Remember to wash your hands regularly to protect yourself and others.
- If you feel unwell, please postpone your visit.
- Hand sanitiser is available at all venues.