24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Graeme Simsion

At the age of 50, Graeme Simsion sold his IT business and enrolled in a screenwriting program at RMIT. Five years and ten short films later, he had a screenplay that nobody wanted to finance.  So he re-wrote The Rosie Project as a novel, which has now sold over 3 million copies, and Sony Pictures duly acquired the screenplay. A sequel, The Rosie Effect, was also an international bestseller. Graeme's latest novel is The Best of Adam Sharp. 


Canberra Writers Festival events

Graeme Simsion in conversation

Far from resting on the considerable laurels earnt by The Rosie Project – published in Australia in January 2014, with more than a million copies sold in over forty countries around the world – Graeme will give CWF 2017 audiences the good oil on his latest two books The Best of Adam Sharp and Two Steps Forward.

Friday 25th August 2017, 11:00am. Theatre, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


My Life in an Object

We seldom realise how something we own could change who we are and how we see the world. Objects have the power to trigger our memories, evoking stories from our past.

Saturday 26th August 2017, 3:30pm. Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


Graeme Simsion + Anne Buist
In conversation with Jenny Bott

Sunday 27th August 2017, 2:30pm. Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

A novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project.

On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s the lifestyle he wanted, but something’s missing. Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who’d abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair—but he didn’t take it. And now he can’t shake off his nostalgia for what might have been.

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?

The Best of Adam Sharp is published by Text Publishing.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


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Graeme's official website.



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