25th - 27th August 2017
Power, Politics, Passion

2017 Program

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Opening Night Dinner with Matthew Evans

Enjoy a great night out to open the Canberra Writers Festival with Fat Pig Farm’s Matthew Evans as he tells a rollicking tale of real food, hot red vans and why you should never order chicken on a Monday.

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The Crying Years: Australia’s Great War by Peter Stanley

The World War of 1914-1918 affected all Australians and decisively changed the new nation. They were ‘The Crying Years’ according to writer Zora Cross, who lost her brother in 1917. Peter Stanley’s new book evokes the tragedy, sacrifice and pain of Australia’s Great War through photographs, posters, cartoons, documents and artefacts. (Book launch and in conversation.)

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What Price the War on Terror?

With the Australian Government planning to spend $200 billion on defence over the next decade, questions need to be asked: is this a suitable use of taxpayer money? Join two high profile Australian leaders as they debate the merits of this record spending. National Press Club Lunch.

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After Dark Tour: Ghost Hunters

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

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Ministry of Truth

In today’s world where 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale don’t seem like science fiction, this CWF 2017 Keynote Address asks its guests to discuss the truth and the fake news of the society we live in and how they see the future unfolding.

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Hoi Polloi Buffet Dinner and Literary Trivia

Think you know your literary trivia? We dare you to prove it CWF2017’s Literary Trivia Dinner, hosted by Craig Cormick at Hoi Polloi (Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House).

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Maggie Alderson

Maggie Alderson is the internationally best-selling author of nine novels. Her children’s book, Evangeline the Wish Keeper’s Helper, was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s award. She has also published four collections of her cult fashion column, Style Notes. She currently lives in the UK.

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The Author and the Agent

A candid conversation between international bestselling author Valerie Parv AM and her agent Linda Tate about the benefits of the author - agent relationship when pursuing traditional publishing paths as well as indie publishing.

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Robert Macklin and Ian Townsend

Journalist and author Robert Macklin’s place among Australian military writers is based on his monumental history of Australia’s Special Forces, Warrior Elite. Ian Townsend, also a journalist and a radio documentary maker who worked for many years with ABC Radio National, has written fiction based on little-known yet compelling episodes of Australian history including the 1900 outbreak of plague in Townsville and the 1899 Bathurst Bay cyclone.

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Women at Work

Hear leading lights in Australian women’s advocacy Virginia Haussegger, Jamila Rizvi and Catherine Fox talk about what can be done to level this grossly uneven seesaw and why Australia would benefit from helping women achieve their rightful place at work.

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Ian McPhedran

Ian McPhedran is the Sydney based national defence writer for News Limited. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Grasping the Past

Join host Gillian Polack as she opens the atlas and navigates old lands with three great writers who bring history to life through their work with Tracy Chevalier, Amy Gottlieb and Rachel Seiffert.

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Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2013 she published The Bone Season, the first in a seven book series.

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Sulari Gentill Workshop

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. When the mood takes her, she paints, although she maintains that she does so only well enough to know that she should write.

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Bernadette Schwerdt

Bernadette is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur. She is a lecturer in marketing at RMIT and Swinburne University, and the head copywriting tutor at Australian Writers Centre.

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Frances Isaac - Book Launch

Frances Isaac has been a fiction writer for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a journalist and freelance writer in Australia, and overseas including in England where she was a senior journalist in the Harrow observer in Middlesex.

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David W Cameron

David W. Cameron received his PhD in biological anthropology in 1995 at the Australian National University and is a former Australian Research Council QEII Fellow at the Department of Anatomy & Histology, University of Sydney.

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Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman has published four books on history, philosophy and economics. He won the Belgian Liberales prize for best non-fiction book in 2013 and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work.

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Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden has worked for the ABC for more than thirty years. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. A two-time Walkley Award winner, Michael has recently joined the ABC'S 4 Corners as a reporter.

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Dinka Dekaris - Book Launch

Dinka Dekaris is launching her book "My Journey with Aladin" during the Canberra Writers Festival. The launch will include a reading of several passages from the book, a discussion on the book's origins and a Q&A with the audience.

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Bram Connolly and Chris Masters

Australia’s special forces including the Special Air Service and Commandos have been behind the lines and in the shadows in every modern conflict in which Australia has been involved.

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Anne Buist and Sulari Gentill

What inspires the stories of crime and dark deeds that keep us up late and night turning the pages and hungering for more? Two of Australia’s most compelling crime thriller writers take us on a tour of their imaginations.

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Women in the Media

Join Kathy Lette, Katherine Murphy, Sarah Ferguson and Virginia Haussegger for lunch at the National Press Club

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Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is the bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is Graeme's latest novel.

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Gary Ramage and Jeff Maynard

War and Peace through Australian Eyes: Combat Photography from WW1 to the modern day with Gary Ramage and Jeff Maynard

Find out what it takes to capture the perfect shot in the heat of frontline combat from a modern combat photographer who sees the truth of war through clouds of dirt, along with the biographer of legendary lens man George Hubert Wilkins.

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Kaaron Warren Workshop

Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. She’s won awards close to home (the ACT Writers and Publishers Award, three times!) and far away (the Shirley Jackson Award) Her most recent novel, The Grief Hole, won the Canberra Critics Award, and is the first novel to win the Aurealis Award, the Australian Shadows Award and the Ditmar Award.

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The Briefing with Alex McKinnon

Grab a coffee from Bookplate and receive your briefing on the news of the day with host Alex McKinnon and daily guests

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John Safran, Tracey Spicer, Richard Fidler, Julia Baird

After the resounding success from the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, the CWF All Stars panel is back again for 2017!

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Women's Defining Moments in Australian History

Women for generations have fought for change. From the suffragists agitating for the vote, to the social change of the 60s with the introduction of the Pill. Join our acclaimed guests as they define how the past has influenced the present battle for gender equality.

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Jessica Friedmann

Born in 1987, Jessica Friedmann is a Canberra-based writer and editor. Her essays and other non-fiction have appeared widely, both in Australia and internationally. Things That Helped is her first published collection.

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Clyde Rathbone: Rethinking Social Media

The average person will spend a staggering five years of their life on social media. Social networks are designed to be addictive; they manipulate our behaviour and condition us to be self-obsessed. Studies reveal that users are more distracted, lonely, and depressed. Brothers Clyde and Dayne Rathbone have built an antidote to these problems by harnessing the power of human stories...

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Griffith Review Millennials Strike Back

If you were born in the last part of the 20th century, you’ve already heard the standard criticisms: pampered; no commitment; no idea of how good you’ve got it compared to “back in the day”.

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Michael Robotham

Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.

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John Safran

John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues.

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Robyn Williams AM

The author of more than 15 books, Robyn Williams AM has presented science programs on ABC radio and television since 1972.

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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. Using artefacts from their own lives, Sabra Lane, Graeme Simsion, Maggie Alderson and Rutger Bregman share objects that changed who they are.

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Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, an in-depth, up close and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio.

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Stephanie Buckle - Book Launch

Stephanie Buckle is a novelist and short story writer who lives on a farm in Brindabella, NSW. Her stories have won a number of awards, including the Marjorie Graber McInnes Short Story Award, and the Fellowship of Australian Writers, A.C.T. Branch, Short Story Award.

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Secret City Binge Fest 1

When too many secrets are never enough: Secret City Series Binge! With the hotly-anticipated production of Secret City 2 by Foxtel set to be announced soon, join the Canberra Writers Festival in the shadow of Parliament House to binge-watch the gripping original Secret City series based on the books by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann.

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Dirk Kurbjuweit supported by Goethe-Institut

Dirk Kurbjuweit is deputy editor-in-chief at Der Spiegel, where he has worked since 1999, and divides his time between Berlin and Hamburg. Fear is the first of his works to be translated into English.

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ActewAGL presents Jack Heath

Jack Heath is the internationally bestselling author of The Cut Out and many other action-packed thrillers for young people.

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Laura Tingle, George Megalogenis, Paul Kelly

Where does this leave representative democracy in 2017? Can it be reborn, revitalised or remade? What has happened to good government, and can our modern mess be undone and put right?

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Hugh Mackay and Jane Caro

Hugh Mackay is a prolific and well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong.

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Reacher Said Nothing: Andy Martin and James Phelan

Andy Martin’s most recently published work is Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me: “as if Jack Reacher wrote literary criticism instead of beating bad guys to death with his elbows” (Steven Poole, Financial Times).

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Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, paving the way for Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.

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Ian Burnet - Book Launch

Ian Burnet has spent thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia. His three prior books show his fascination with the diverse history and cultures of the archipelago.

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Writing in the Age of Humans

Human beings are changing our environment on a global scale. How can writing help us imagine, and influence, our impact on the future? Join in the discussion with Jane Rawson and James Bradley.

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Angela Stretch in conversation

Sydney poet and installation artist Angela Stretch will be discussing of her exhibition Cunctations III, as presented by Tributary Projects Gallery, with several Canberra writers who have contributed written pieces to the exhibition catalogue.

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Wish you could be a superhero?

Have you ever wanted to make your very own superhero storybook? Children’s book writer and publisher, Susan Hall and illustrator Cheryl Westenberg, lead a writing and drawing workshop to assist children to create their own illustrated superhero story. Suitable for aspiring writers and illustrators aged 5 – 8 years. Superhero super power ideas are essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb is a graduate of Clark University and the University of Chicago. Her fiction and poetry has been released in multiple publications. The Beautiful Possible is Amy's latest novel.

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Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for ABC TV's 7.30 and Four Corners. She has covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Milligan is Irish-born and was raised a Catholic.

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ActewAGL presents Professor Frankie - (Harry Potter event)

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter books and Professor Frankie directs an hour of mayhem in celebration.

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Crinkling News - Workshop

In a workshop for budding newshounds aged 7 to 12, Crinkling News editor Saffron Howden will teach junior journos how to craft a news story. Crinkling News is a new national newspaper written especially for and by kids, approaching facts with curiosity, diligence and a nose for a good story.

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Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most respected researchers on social and consumer trends, heading the long running Mind & Mood Report. She is also a Director at Ipsos Australia, a presenter of Friday's RN Drive for Radio National, a columnist for Business Review Weekly and the author of numerous books including The World According to Y, Eating Between the Lines and The Italian Girl.

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Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the author of seven novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2000 and adapted into a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist and black feminist. Her work can be found at the New York Times, Voice, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist.

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Samantha Shannon & Garth Nix

Join young adult fantasy authors Garth Nix, Samantha Shannon and Kaaron Warren as they discuss their rich and limitless universe.

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Catherine McCullagh - Book Launch

Catherine McCullagh completed a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) at the Australian National University in Canberra and taught English, History and languages at secondary and pre-tertiary level.

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Stefan Posthuman-Grbic & Capital Cookbook 3

From an early age Stefan Posthuma-Grbic worked in the kitchen of his mother's cafe and in his father's photographic shop, developing passions for food and photography. Stefan took over Quicksand Publishing in 2013. He has since published three new titles, began podcasting & continues to explore new areas to promote local food.

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ActewAGL presents Professor Frankie - (Harry Potter event)

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter books and Professor Frankie directs an hour of mayhem in celebration.

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Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph.

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Nicola Gates, PhD

Nicola Gates PhD, author of A Brain for Life, is a clinical neuropsychologist, neuroscientist, and conjoint lecturer with the Centre of Healthy Brain Ageing UNSW.

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Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova is the internationally bestselling author of The Historian, which sold over three million copies, and The Swan Thieves.

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Merlinda Bobis - Book Launch

Merlinda Bobis is a multi-awarded writer, performer, and scholar whose latest novel Locust Girl.

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Jack Heath - Book Launch

Jack Heath is the internationally bestselling author of The Cut Out and many other action-packed thrillers for young people.

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Tony Jones

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, with more than 30 years experience in radio and television news and current affairs. He has won six Walkley Awards, including three for ‘Broadcast Interviewing’ in 2004, 2007 and 2011.

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Frank Bongiorno, Tracy Chevalier, David Hunt

The past is a foreign country and writers of all kinds have been our guides and interpreters. Ranging from fact to fiction, primary sources to satire, award-winning historian Frank Bongiorno, international fiction bestseller Tracy Chevalier and tongue-in-cheek yarn-spinner David Hunt will tell us how they approach the past – as inspiration, lost story or just a good laugh.

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Silent Reading Party

Did you love "silent reading" when you were at school? Do you have a pile of books you want to read but you can never quite find the time? Well Read on!!

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ActewAGL presents Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

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Helen Roe

Helen Roe is a leading authority on marketing with over 20 years’ experience managing global brands to market success. She helps women around the world grow their business through authentic connection and engagement.

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Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford is the author of, among others, Illegal Harmonies, Earth Dances, Try Whistling This and The Sound of Pictures. He is a composer, writer and broadcaster and presents The Music Show on ABC Radio National.

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Penmanship with Andrew McMillen

Grab a coffee from Paperplate and talk about writing and the creative process with host Andrew McMillen and Katharine Murphy.

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SOLD OUT: Amanda Hampson Workshop

Amanda Hampson grew up in rural New Zealand. She spent her early twenties travelling, finally settling in Australia in 1979 where she now lives in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Writing professionally for more than 20 years, her latest book is 'The French Perfumer'.

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The Saturday Paper: Live!

Here’s your chance to find out how The Saturday Paper team dissect, analyse and decide on which events should be covered and how.

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The Briefing with Alex McKinnon

Grab a coffee from Bookplate and receive your briefing on the news of the day with host Alex McKinnon and daily guests

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Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Ian McPhedran

For more than twenty years, Australian sailors have been risking their lives, conducting often fraught and dangerous operations in war and in the battle against terrorism.

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Kathy Lette, Jean Kittson, Maggie Alderson, Jane Caro, Jamila Rizvi

Celebrate the closing of the Canberra Writers Festival in the best and most entertaining company with Girls’ Night In: Live and Dangerous.

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Power, Policy and Politics with the Professors: Living in Post-America Asia

Two of Australia’s most experienced foreign policy makers will cover Australia’s place in the world from their highly informed perspectives and experience.

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Clyde Rathbone: Rethinking Social Media

The average person will spend a staggering five years of their life on social media. Social networks are designed to be addictive; they manipulate our behaviour and condition us to be self-obsessed. Studies reveal that users are more distracted, lonely, and depressed. Brothers Clyde and Dayne Rathbone have built an antidote to these problems by harnessing the power of human stories...

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Niki Savva

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age.

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Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and political commentator. Her latest book is Victoria: The Queen.

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Secrets and Codebreakers: Blaxland, Dufty, Medcalf

Festival audiences will get a glimpse into the shadow world with two authors who draw back the curtain on Australia’s colourful and fascinating history of intelligence and codebreaking.

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Re-Imagining Christina Stead

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s most significant 20th century writers, Christina Stead wrote almost 20 novels and short-story collections. Three of her champions - Professor Margaret Harris, Stead’s executor; Eamon Flack, Artistic Director, Belvoir; and Lisa Gorton, winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Fiction - explore why Stead isn’t widely read today, why she should be, and the ways in which each generation rediscovers Stead for themselves.

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Anna Broinowski

Anna Broinowski is an author and filmmaker who has been tracking the illicit, subversive and bizarre since her 1995 film on the Japanese cultural underground, Hell Bento!! After covering Kim Jong Il in her first book, The Director is the Commander, and Senator Pauline Hanson in her second one, Please Explain, Anna is looking forward to not writing about politicians for a while.

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Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Meet Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist as they talk about their work, writing and their life…

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Gabrielle Williams, James Phelan

James Phelan is the bestselling and award-winning author of 28 novels and one work of non-fiction.

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Eugene Schlusser - Book Launch

Eugene Schlusser has written a series of film documentaries on diverse subjects but this is the first time he has written about his family.

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Robyn Williams reads his favourite children's book

The author of more than 15 books, Robyn Williams AM has presented science programs on ABC radio and television since 1972.

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Wish you could be a superhero?

Have you ever wanted to make your very own superhero storybook? Children’s book writer and publisher, Susan Hall and illustrator Cheryl Westenberg, lead a writing and drawing workshop to assist children to create their own illustrated superhero story. Suitable for aspiring writers and illustrators aged 5 – 8 years. Superhero super power ideas are essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Sarah Schmidt and Sulari Gentill

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management, Sarah currently works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator (read: a fancy librarian) at a regional public library. See What I Have Done is her first novel and is already attracting huge buzz both internationally and here in Australia!

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China Matters: in conversation

Described as ”simply the best all-round guide for how Australians must learn to live with China’s power”, China Matters examines China’s unique dynamism and contradictions – ranging from business ties to the growing influence of the Chinese Government in Australia.

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Looking for Alibrandi at 25

A quarter of a decade ago, Melina Marchetta wrote the classic story of an Italian-Australian girl becoming a woman. Now she brings this cult classic to Canberra with an author’s talk and screening of the film that continues to inspire teenagers and adults alike.

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Secret City Binge Fest 2

When too many secrets are never enough: Secret City Series Binge! With the hotly-anticipated production of Secret City 2 by Foxtel set to be announced soon, join the Canberra Writers Festival in the shadow of Parliament House to binge-watch the gripping original Secret City series based on the books by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann.

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Nikki Gemmell and Leah Kaminsky

Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, including the international bestseller, The Bride Stripped Bare, and four works of non-fiction.

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Canberra's Big Book Club with Laura Tchilinguirian

Join ABC Radio host Laura Tchilinguirian as she brings to life Canberra's Big Bookclub live with special guests Jack Heath, Kaaron Warren and Anna Snoekestra.

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Tracey Spicer reads her favourite children's book

Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio.

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Moriarty, Kostakis + Marney

Join Jaclyn Moriarty, Will Kostakis and Ellie Marney, three of the talented authors who are contributors to the Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOZYA Anthology, and continue to spearhead the conversation about the importance of Australian YA.

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Fear of Abandonment: Allan Gyngell and Allan Behm

Allan Gyngell was Director-General of ONA, the Australian government’s central intelligence assessment agency, from 2009 to 2013.

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Tim Watson-Munro

Criminal psychologist 'Doc' Tim Watson-Munro spent his formative years in Sydney and San Francisco. Educated at Sydney University, Tim rose to prominence as a pioneering prison psychologist at Parramatta Gaol.

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Gabrielle Williams - Workshop

Gabrielle Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex, all of which have been shortlisted for several prestigious awards.

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Josh Earl

Josh Earl (Spicks and Specks) delivers a brand new show about a small town, a big problem, and the creativity of a kind boy who brings everyone together.

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Penguin Bloom

Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

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Tom Frame, Frank Bongiorno and David Hunt

While Australia is proudly proclaiming its status as a globalised economy and a social melting pot, our “traditional” ideas about national identity as an extension of sporting achievement, military heroism and our labour and cultural history are frequently called into question.

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Tracey Spicer and Jamila Rizvi

Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio.

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ACT Writers Centre Networking Brunch

ACT Writers Centre members are invited to attend an exclusive Canberra Writers Festival high tea at the National Library of Australia on Sunday 27th August from 11am-12.30pm.

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Japan: Real or Imagined?

Meredith McKinney and Mark Henshaw explore literary connections between Australia and Japan through their own work as writers, readers and translators.

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Silent Reading Party

Did you love "silent reading" when you were at school? Do you have a pile of books you want to read but you can never quite find the time? Well Read on!!

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Geopolitical and Sectarian Challenges to Australia from the Middle East

Eastern Promise or Clear and Present Danger? Geopolitical and sectarian challenges to Australia from the Middle East: Gareth Evans in Conversation with Amin Saikal and Raihan Ismail

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Laugh with Tony Wilson (kids show)

Tony Wilson is the author of eight picture books (HARRY HIGHPANTS, EMO THE EMU), a middle grade series (THE SELWOOD BOYS) and some novels for adults (PLAYERS, MAKING NEWS).

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Leah Kaminsky & Robyn Williams

Dr Leah Kaminsky, is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize.

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George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis has thirty years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the federal parliamentary press gallery.

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Graham Wilson - Book Launch

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney. He is a self-published author of nine books which have sold widely in ebook form in the USA and United Kingdom. Lizzie’s Tale, the second novel in the Old Balmain House series, is being launched at the Canberra Writers Festival in 2017.

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Daniel Lloyd - Workshop

Daniel is a Senior Producer with Screencraft Media. He has previously worked as a Screenwriting Teacher at the University of Canberra, in the development department at Vertigo Films in the UK and as a film critic.

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The Briefing with Alex McKinnon

Grab a coffee from Bookplate and receive your briefing on the news of the day with host Alex McKinnon and daily guests

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